Final year – those dreaded words. Exams, presentations, a dissertation – STRESS!
Final year can be a very stressful period, you are coming to the end of the course you have been on for the past 3 or 4 years, saying goodbye to friends you have made along the way, and trying to figure out your next steps in the big bad world can also add to the pressure.
Knowing what to do can be tricky, do you move home? Look for a graduate job? Or do you go travelling and see the world before settling down?
There are so many options out there it can be difficult to know which one is best for you.
Let’s think about it…
Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. Let’s think about it:
• Moving home: if you moved out for uni this option can be the most annoying. After 3 or 4 years of being independent and doing our own thing, moving back with parents can seem very unappealing. The lack of privacy and personal space, coupled with nagging parents questioning what you’re going to do with your life and when you’re going to start paying keep can make the Holylands seem like heaven on earth. But on the plus side, you’ll get your clothes washed and a free dinner on the table! You may also be able to save some money which can help you move out to a decent place of your own, so it’s not entirely all bad.
• Look for a graduate job: After studying for your degree for 4 years, getting a graduate job should be easy enough, right? In an ideal world, yes, but in reality, it can be a lot harder than expected. It is a competitive market out there and you will have to try and stand out from the crowd. You may experience rejections but do your research and enough preparation and you will ace your interviews! Securing your first graduate job is a great achievement and is the first step on the career ladder. Read our guide to acing your first day on the job.
• Go travelling and see the world: It seems like everyone has upped sticks and moved to Australia. Let’s be honest, sunny weather and a beer on the beach is not a hard sell, but getting there can cost a lot of money. Moving home and taking on a local job could be a good way to save some money. Of course, once you’re there you’re not going to care about how much It cost to get there. Not doing more travelling is frequently listed as most people’s biggest regret when they are older. Perhaps there is no time greater than now to go for it.
You may have other options you are considering after final year. For each one, why not try writing out the pros and cons and really think about what it is you want.
Whatever you decide to do, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to make the right decision. Nobody has their life plan sorted at 21, take some time and try different things, you may make mistakes along the way, but it is all part of the learning curve called life!