It's been 3 years since I graduated from Plymouth University with my 2:1 in International Relations and I am starting to feel very old...
The freshers heading off to uni this year were born in 1998. Just to scare some of us who are well in to our 20's! I'll let that sink in for a moment...
I came across my dissertation this evening, and I had visions of my first week of lectures in 3rd year when we were told to start preparing our dissertation proposal. This left us all somewhat overwhelmed to say the least.
Thankfully, I already knew mine would have a nautical theme, and I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to write about. Pirates. Ships. The usual...
I do also remember a lot of stressing despite knowing about my topic, and so I thought I would share a few top tips for those of you heading in to 3rd year with a dissertation to write!
I wrote a post on this back in June and it's my most read post to date, so I must have done something right. Read it here.
I was recently contacted by the alumni folk at my old university asking if they could create a profile for me on the website, and part of it was based on tips for your time at uni. In this questionnaire and in the post in June I mentioned making yourself stand out. Simply having a degree isn't enough any more, unfortunately. When your CV is in a pile, you need to ensure that yours makes enough of an impact to, at the very least, get you to an interview. If you have no work experience then try to find a job, any job. Alternatively, keep reading below!
I graduated almost two years ago, which is scary in itself, but more scary is that I know of so many of my friends who are either still unemployed as they have been told they don't have relevant 'experience' or are in jobs they hate because it was 'all they could get'.
When I graduated I was offered a job with Majestic Wine. It was short lived and whilst it was a fun work environment, the hours were long when added to a 1.5 hr commute every day (and that was if I didn't hit traffic on the A303).
I left just before Christmas in 2013 and decided I didn't need any job, I was going to get a job in maritime security, or at least something nautical, otherwise what was the point in my degree debt?