You can do it Bruce.. dealing with the last hurdle of university.Friday, April 19, 2013
When I was younger, time seemed to take forever to pass. The six week summer holiday seemed like six months and waiting for Christmas and your birthday was like waiting for eternity. However now I'm older, I can hardly believe how fast time flies. It scares me. Without sounding too much like a 'sh*t white girls say' Twitter account, time seems to pass by in a whirlwind. It's April for Pete's sake. I was thinking the other day how I can't believe it's been almost a year since I finished uni and got a job. I've almost been a working girl for a year, that my friends is crazy. When I think back to this time last year, I was a stressed bunny. I was living, breathing and eating uni work.. not quite literally but you get my drift. I have had requests before to do university blog posts/videos and although I've done starting uni posts, I've never done any that are about what to do when you're at uni. Seeing how stressed I was last year, I thought I'd do a post about how to deal with that last hurdle. Chances are no matter what year you're in, you're going to have a lot of deadlines. Third years may be done already but at this point I was frantically reading and writing the last bit of my dissertation and other final essays. You may even be at school/college and coming up to revision time. This post is for you all guys who are slaving away, and well I wish there had been a post when I was stressing myself out last year. I hope this post gives you some tips on how to get to the end of deadlines, without having a breakdown.
Of course when you finish everything and hand in dates pass, the relief you will feel is indescribable. I will never forget the feeling of having that weight lifted off my shoulders. I could of danced for two days straight. However soon you realise, oh crap what do I do now? I suddenly didn't know what to do as the uni work I'd spent my time doing was now done. I gave myself a month off, I blogged, sunbathed and slept. I always thinking giving yourself a break is a good idea, recuperate and get yourself back to normal. Of course you may have a job lined up for straight away, but try to get a little rest.
Talking of jobs.. what do you do? We all know that jobs can be hard to come by and seeing as I studied Media, media jobs are notoriously in short supply. Big cities is where it's happening, but unfortunately neither me or my boyfriend really want to move to London and I'm definitely not up for commuting. I once had to get a 6am train, it was awful. This meant that my choices were more limited, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Because I also live away from home, it means I have a flat to pay for, I couldn't afford to take a unpaid internship which sadly is one of the only ways to get experience in the sector of jobs I wanted to venture into. If you don't have many outgoings, maybe consider interning, it's a great way to get your foot in the door, after all it's not what you know, it's who you know. I wish I could of done, but I wasn't prepared to bankrupt myself. With this in mind, I got a job in retail. Sometimes it's better to get a job just to get some money and learn some different skills. This led to my personal shopper job so you never know where it might take you. Check the Job Centre website for listing's, get your local paper and try websites like total jobs. Your uni may have a specific job page, mine did. Or there's special graduate sites, if you're in the south try Graduate Jobs South website for graduate jobs and opportunities. One of my favourite bloggers, Jen has a internship page on her blog which she updates, and follow companies on Twitter as they sometimes advertise jobs and opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled, check sites every day. Email companies, write up a cracking CV and send it out. You never know what you might get in return. If you get a interview but don't get the job. Ask for feedback, then you can build on what didn't get you the job.
If you're a fellow blogger, maybe join programmes such as Skimlinks, you can make a little pocket money from links on your blog. Or maybe ad sense or if you have enough readers maybe join a agency such as Glam. You're not going to make millions over night but it'll maybe give you a little pocket money.
University can be tough, boy my three years there were three very challenging years. But I did it and so can you. I realise I have mainly targeted this post at university students, but if you've got exams etc. My tips are don't stay up all night revising, invest in note cards and coloured pens. Write everything out, it'll stick better and relax. However if right now you're feeling a bit stressy and a bit like 'ah I can't do it' watch the video below if one of my favourite scenes from a film ever. If that doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will.