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Getting started in your First Year

Starting to think about life after University in your first year is incredibly daunting. It feels far away or as if an enormous mountain to traverse without a map. Don’t put it off, let yourself get overwhelmed, or beat yourself up thinking that everyone else has got it all together – they haven’t. The earlier you start, the better. Commence your journey towards an elite graduate job during the first week at University. It’s never a poor decision to start ahead of time. Promise yourself you will spend about 30 minutes per day on career planning- not much considering this is concerning your future. There is a lot to do.

Step one:- Visit your University’s Careers office as soon as possible. It may seem like an ‘uncool’ thing to do in your first term, but it is a necessary step. They will probably be running events, courses and workshops. Book yourself a place if there are any networking events. You will probably feel small, ignorant and inadequate facing up to this, but it is normal. Talk to your parents or anyone you know who is in a superior position in a leading company.

The process of working towards your future is dynamic. Continue to work and rework your plans towards your future regularly, looking into developing skills towards your ideal profession, research current employment options / professional experiences, gaining insight into yourself, and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Having a thorough awareness of your abilities is necessary to succeed in the world. Begin now if you haven’t. Don’t get disheartened, get started as soon as possible.

July 11th, 2017

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