We all know that those prepared to leave things till the last minute sometimes pick up the best deals, it’s positively encouraged!
However there are loads of things best not left till the last minute. Sorting out things that affect your future is one of them.
Hindsight is a marvellous thing.
Graduates always tell us “if only I had known earlier” or “if only I had done that earlier it would have been so much easier”. We are so busy dashing through our lives making plans; to go out, meet for coffee, go on holiday etc, that we rarely make time to think about our future. It’s often something we would prefer not to think about.
When things don’t go to plan it can make dealing with the situation rationally and effectively quite difficult.
So give yourself a little time.
- If you see a job you want to apply for make sure you seek help well before the deadline.
- Don’t send applications on the deadline anyway – you may press send before 5pm but if the server doesn’t actually send it for several hours you may miss out.
- If you are graduating or going home for the holidays you don’t need to panic about having an appointment that day. We are open in the vacations and can set up telephone appointments for those out of the area.
- If are sure you are going to fail your exams, there are probably reasons behind this. Seek help from academic advisers, the counselling service and careers as soon as you feel unsure or stressed. We may not be able to fix the problem but we can help you evaluate your options.
- Got a deadline coming up – like a date to pick modules or submit coursework by? Think there might be issues? Take action early, you may have to book appointments with academic staff and they may refer you to other services such as Careers. The process is never as quick as you think it will be.
- Employers can surprise you by offering you an interview at the last minute but it is rarely next day. Ask the information team for help on how to prepare – no appointment needed!
It’s generally a lot less stressful if you can take a few minutes to plan in advance. The new semester starts in just 33 days so why not:
- Check to see if any of the graduate or placement schemes you are interested in are open yet.
- Have a careers appointment to start clarifying your ideas.
- Check over your CV and update it with activities and experience from this summer.
- Start researching sectors and roles you might be interested in, find out what the entry routes and typical employers are.
- Watch the interview and assessment centre videos on our website to familiarise yourself with the processes.
Careers Consultant (Postgraduate) at the University of Manchester, UK