Here we are, nearly ready to break for Easter. Looking back, are you thinking:
(a) Why can’t I go outside in the spring sunshine and eat ice cream in Botanic?
(b) What happened to the last three months – how is it April already?”
(c) Will I ever get that graduate job or postgrad course?
You also might be thinking: so many things to do, so little time; and chances are you didn’t get to do everything you wanted this semester. But there’s still time to get organised. The key questions to ask yourself are: how far have I got with my plans AND what is there left to do?
How far have I got?
Be honest with yourself: did you have a plan for making applications or what interviews you were hoping to get? Did you end up putting things aside until it was too late? Are you sitting pretty, chewing a proverbial cigar like Hannibal from the A-Team saying, “I love it when a plan comes together”? Or do you feel like Wile E. Coyote watching those opportunities speed past you in a blur like the Road Runner (beep-beep)? Like the local Northern Irishism says, “You Know Yourself” if you’ve made the best use of your time.
What is there still to do?
I touched on the theme of finding jobs in difficult economic times in March and it’s still the case that there are graduate jobs, work experience opportunities and postgraduate courses to be had. Have a look at the Vacancies section of the Queen’s Careers website www.qub.ac.uk/careers – there are currently 192 graduate jobs advertised, plus 55 work experience opportunities and 24 postgraduate study with funding options. There is even evidence that some firms in Northern Ireland are expanding. Although it’s a little way off, the NI Recruitment Fair will be worth going to on Tuesday 14 June at Queen’s. You can keep an eye on the latest details, such as which companies and organisations will be attending, at the careers website.
You can still meet with a Careers Adviser through the one-to-one drop in sessions to discuss your next steps, or book an appointment with your subject-specific Careers Adviser Duty Advisers, guidance interviews, or even e-guidance. The best advice is to speak to the Careers Advisers so you can get all the information you need on what to do next.
It really is never too late to make a new plan and, like Hannibal, see it come together.