Beyond Warwick: Thinking ahead to post-graduation life
The academic year that I am about to enter will be my last as a Warwick UG student. So, in this blog, I’ll be discussing what I have started to do, while considering the daunting yet exciting prospect of post-graduation opportunities.
I won’t lie to you, when thinking ahead to what I might do after university, my mind easily becomes overloaded and overwhelmed with the countless opportunities in front of me.
To ease myself into considering post-undergraduate life, here are some of the things I have been doing…
- Creating a LinkedIn account ;
Oh yes – I have finally done it! As daunting as the site may seem, full of hungry students searching for internships, it’s actually quite a great site. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the site, your profile can essentially act as a virtual CV – in which you complete sections based on work experience, volunteering, education and more.
However, it is much more personal than a CV, with the chance to share posts from others, share what you’ve been up to and comment on others’ posts. Sort of like a career-focused Facebook page!
The search tool is really handy, because when typing in a potential career of choice, you can get an idea of how many jobs there are in that field. I’ve also been connecting with students outside of Warwick who study the same course as me. This way, I can check out what they’re doing in terms of work experience.
- Signing up to career-specific talks ;
You can find out almost anything about a career path online, but honestly, I find that unless you start talking to people within the field, you can’t fully imagine yourself within a job role.
I have signed up to a Communications talk, which I found through our Warwick site, My Advantage (jobs and career based opportunities are regularly posted here!).
I’m trying to keep an open mind, and attend as many talks as I can.
- Completing quizzes to assess my strengths and ideal work environment ;
Career-based platforms such as Bright Network offer a range of materials in order for you to start narrowing your focus, and assessing your own strengths. Their quiz offers this, in which you are taken through different scenarios and potential work environments and you have to provide your opinion, to see what you like and what you don’t like.
I feel like I tend to like the sound of a career, without actually thinking about the kind of environment I want to situate myself in and the kind of values I want my work colleagues to have. These kind of quizzes allow you to do this.
- Attending a virtual career festival ;
This week, I’ll be attending Bright Network’s virtual festival, in which I can interact with other students, and hear from a range of employers. I was hesitant at first, as many of the sectors were Business and Law based, and I do an English Language and Linguistics degree.
However, I began to look at the Charity and Public sector, and realised that a lot of the work, which involves working closely with people, having empathy and being a good communicator aligns with my core values and strengths.
- Reaching out to my lecturers ;
I have been researching careers in teaching, and there is SO much information out there, that I didn’t know what to believe. Then I realised – three professors in my department have had experience teaching English abroad.
I then emailed them, and had a video chat with one of my lecturers, and found out so much valuable information from them!
We need to remember that our lecturers aren’t just here to deliver content. They are experts within their field, and now, being in my final year, I will benefit from their advice more than ever!
- Exploring MA courses ;
And finally, I’ve been exploring the prospect of going into postgraduate education. I love education, and I don’t feel as though I’m ready to leave it.
Naturally, then, the next challenge is considering WHAT I want to study. I am keen to stay within the field of linguistics, so I am researching PG courses that build on UG knowledge such as Speech Therapy.
So, this is what I have been up to the past few weeks. My advice would be to explore options, and just say yes whenever something comes along! You’ve got nothing to lose from attending a talk or reaching out to others around you!