Welcome back to Queen’s and to your Careers Blog with all the latest careers news.
I’m Laura, and I’m taking over from William who did a great job keeping us up-to-date last year – many thanks for that William.
Who exactly is this blog intended for? Well, unless you have a graduate job or postgraduate course sorted out already (or you’ve hit the jackpot on the Lotto) then this is for you – and I guess that’s most people, right? You’re in just the right place to get all the information you need to start thinking about your future, regardless of where you’re at right now in your degree.
Perhaps you’re a first-year, enthusiastic about starting University and living the life of a student. But you’re probably also aware that there’ll one day be a life beyond Queen’s. Are you looking for ideas about what to do once you finish your studies?
Or maybe you’ve just begun your second year, like me. At the moment you might be thinking it’s just the year after your first year. But looking at it from the perspective of your career, it might be more useful to see it rather as the year before your final year. By now you probably know your way around Queen’s, so this is an opportune moment to think about building up that CV, putting yourself out there and getting some valuable experience. As well as just enjoying the time out, this summer I’ve been trying to find myself a volunteering position – a few hours a week that will help me develop some of the skills I’ll undoubtedly need after University. Could that be something for you to think about, too?
And for those of you just starting out on your final year, the time is fast approaching when you’ll need concrete ideas about your direction after graduation and how to pull everything together. It’s a challenging period, because you’re working hard towards those final exams, but you have to see above and beyond them at the same time. Looking for a guide? Want to make sure you won’t miss any opportunities?
So, some sound reasons for you to bear with me over the rest of this semester? Great! Then join me next week for an overview of how to make the most of the year ahead.