Final Year means … planning for the future!
So far, I have loved being a finalist. Knowing that I only have two terms left at Warwick (where has that time gone?!) has meant that I have been trying to make the most of being here. It has made me realise what a fantastic few years I have had and have become excited to see what the future holds.
Being a final year means there is a lot of emphasis on us to figure out what we actually want to do when we graduate. For many, that means looking for jobs, for others it means further research. I always have a lot of respect for people who know exactly what they want to do, be that employment or Masters/PhD; it takes a lot of commitment and hard work to come to the right decision. However, I believe it is perfectly alright to not quite not what the next few years hold. There is plenty of time to work things out, and lots of ways to help your decision-making process here on campus.
For a first port of call, a careers advisor is probably a good idea. Many departments have advisors with expertise in specific courses. They may be able to help you suss out what fields you might be interested in and what your priorities for the future are. After a session, although you may still not know what job you wish to do, you may have a better idea of the type of work you would be suited to. You can book appointments with the careers staff here.
The staff in the Oculus are also available for drop in sessions. I visited one to ask for some help in preparing for interviews and they were very helpful. They can be found on the first floor of the Oculus between 8.00am and 2.30pm on Mondays to Friday. More information can be found online.
If you are looking for jobs, myAdvantage has lots of vacancies. myAdvantage is run by the careers department and has lots of jobs and internships from many different employers. You can sort by type of work and location and there are jobs based all around the world.
Careers fairs are a great way to meet employers. They give you the chance to talk to current employees, ask them questions and often get some branded pens as well! There are regular large ones held throughout the year, with more specialised ones being held in between. Recently, I know of careers fairs for physics, maths, the media, charity roles, law and finance. Many academic societies may also run sessions for more course specific career paths. This may be especially useful for people considering research. Being able to talk to students undertaking a master’s or PhDs within your chosen discipline may help you get an idea of what it’s like.
Lots more information on jobs and guidance can be found on the Careers and Skills website.
If you are in the process of applying for jobs and placements, good luck! Whatever you end up doing, I hope that you find something that you enjoy and find worthwhile, be that a traditional career or not!