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immediate sense of relief at having finished your final exams
begins to fade, your next challenge is probably going to be
managing the transition between full-time study and a full-time
job. Life as a student and life in the workplace can certainly
be very different experiences, and the change can take some
getting used to. However, The
CV Centre has put together some hints and tips to make
the transition that little bit smoother.
are many options open to a newly qualified graduate and it
can be worth considering whether you are ready to move into
the workplace immediately, or whether you would like to take
some time out first for one reason or another. Independent
travel is of course an option, and the summer after graduation
can be a good opportunity to see more of the world before
your holiday quota becomes restricted by an employer. There
are also numerous research grants and scholarships available
for graduates; the embassies of the countries you are interested
in should be able to provide further details of what is available
in their respective countries. Bear in mind that it is usually
a good idea to begin to plan what you would like to do after
graduation well in advance in order to make sure you do not
miss application deadlines: for some programs you may need
to apply well over a year in advance. However, you may decide
that the best option for you is to strike whilst the iron
is hot and start your first job straight after graduation.
a position which is right for you can be a challenge, and
you might find it useful to take a look at further advice
pages compiled by The
CV Centre, for example The
Graduate Job-Seekers Guide and Temping
Tips for Graduates. Once you have found a new position
it is time to make sure you are equipped to make the very
most of it.
the flexibility of student life it can be difficult to adjust
to a 9-5 (or even longer!) day and it can be tempting to treat
your new position as an extension of your social life at university
- especially if you have a position with lots of other recent
graduates. However, an employer is likely to be much less
sympathetic if you stroll in late to a meeting than a lecturer
would be if you were late for a seminar! So it is probably
wise to make sure that you don't overdo your socialising during
the week. However it is also usually a good idea to make sure
that you do not get too swept up into a culture of overworking.
Try to find a balance between business and pleasure which
ensures you can work productively and yet allows you to continue
leisure pursuits which interest you.
career may very well be slightly daunting at first, but it
is also likely to be rewarding, with a host of new skills
to learn and an abundance of new people to work with - and
socialise with - so take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!
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