Hi everybody, the teaching period for this semester is nearly over, so this is a good moment to look back on the last three months and reflect on all you’ve accomplished (or not…)
Some of you might have fulfilled all your plans and achieved what you set out to do. Some of you might not have got around to making any plans in the first place. I felt particularly enthusiastic and motivated at the start of the semester, thinking about all the things I wanted to do, from improving my CV to getting some work experience. But university life always tends to go fast – time passed by quickly, and between studying and friends, career issues got somehow put on the back burner. (Memo to self: must look at careers next semester!) Still, no matter what category you consider yourself to be in, there are some things that are worth taking a moment to think about.
Have you managed your time effectively between studying, career planning, part-time work and free time? If you find all this hard to juggle why not take a look at some of these useful time management tips? Making time for careers and improving your employability is important, no matter what stage you’re at, otherwise you could arrive at the end of your studies with no idea what to do next. If you are a Level 2 student, now is a good time to start to discuss your reflections and plans for career development during Level 2/3 with your Personal Tutor. Don’t forget the key message is always ‘the one thing you can’t afford to do is do nothing’.
How are your applications going? Do you still need help? If so, it’s worth going over your application with a Career Adviser.
If you’re still in the mood to do something before the Christmas break, there’s still more time than you think. The Lunchtime Career workshops will continue to the end of the semester:
Interview Skills 1st, 7th and 13th December
CVs 30th November, 6th and 12th December
Applications 29th November, 5th and 15th December
Attitude tests 28th November, 8th and 14th December
There are also various employer and programme presentations, such as the Infosys presentation aimed at engineering and computer science students at 5-6pm, Monday 28th November 2011 or the Washington Ireland Programme information session for all years, all disciplines at 5.30-6.30pm, Tuesday 6 December. To find out more about these and many others just visit the Events Calendar at the Careers website for more information.
And if you’re just starting off, I especially recommend the Careers for the Clueless course, which is due to take place Friday 9th December, 9am to 6pm in the Student Guidance Centre. There is a fee of ₤20 but its well worth it, as it includes refreshments alongside many tips that’ll leave you feeling a whole lot more reassured going into your Christmas break.
And, of course there are lots of career opportunities, activities and events waiting for you next semester, such as:
Work Experience Fair on Wednesday 8 February 2012 in the Whitla hall
Insight into Management course Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 April 2012
More Careers for the Clueless courses – details to be confirmed
Why not also give more thought to internationalising your time at Queen’s through work or study overseas. Check out Add an International Dimension to Your Queen’s Experience
I’ll be back at the start of next semester to keep you up to date with all the things Careers. So, join me again to make sure you don’t miss out on anything! Until then I wish you a very relaxing Christmas break and a Happy New Year – hopefully without too much work. Have a good one!