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How to make the most of your final year

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Published: February 12, 2019

It seems like only yesterday, that I nervously approached my first lecture of first year and met my classmates. Time really does fly, and now that I’m in my final year I feel like I can reflect on what aspects of my time at university, really added value to my experience.

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Don’t panic

With Dissertations due, upcoming graduations and the general stress of knowing that soon you’ll be out in the real world, it can be easy to panic and be on your way to a breakdown, but it’s important to breathe!

Everybody is in the same situation and it no one really has a plan for what to do next. Focus on yourself and what you want to achieve and then think about the best way to achieve it. Write lists, utilise all the services at the university who can help you out with future opportunities and make time for your dissertation. Nobody wants to be that person rushing to get it finished so close to the deadline.



Say yes to everything while you still can

Accept that party invitation, say yes to catching up with friends, and make the most of having more of a handle on your schedule while you still can. Life after university can be busy and you may not have as much time when you’re working full time/commuting so enjoy it.



Strengthen your skills and CV

Before you head out into the big world of job hunting, why not take this time to get your CV up to scratch? The futures team regularly hold CV workshops where they can offer advice on how to get yours into top shape as well as events with potential future employers.

The university also provides many work/volunteering opportunities that will allow you to add additional skills to your CV.



Be a tourist in your own town/city

Yes, you’ve lived here for a few years already, but have you really experienced it? The North-East is a great place to explore and there are so many landmarks on your doorstep. Take the time to be a tourist and really enjoy what the region has to offer.



Think about your next steps

No pressure, but now is the time to start thinking about what you want to do after you graduate. Whether you want to go straight into a job, travel or even do a Postgrad, planning now will ensure you stay organised and on track. Again, use the university and it’s support team/services who can advise and point you in the right direction, then when it is time to leave, you’ll have a clear sense of direction.


How do you plan to make the most out of your final year?

Topic: Advice and tips