A Graduate’s Survival Guide to Making it Through Your Final Year

Your last year of university consists of many thoughts in your head. Thoughts like “It’s gone by so fast,” “I’m excited to start the next part of my life” and “this is the first time I’ll ever be done with school.” It’s a lot to take in, and often a mountain of assignments due all at once doesn’t help.
I have been in university for five years now, and I don’t have an answer to how to deal with graduation and starting the next phase of your life. The questions as to whether I should try to find a job or go to grad school still circulate my head.
The unfortunate thing about graduation is that there is no one right answer for everyone. When your last year of university comes around, the only thing you really can do is be honest with yourself.
Do you want to continue your education while you have the momentum? Or is it time to start interviewing for jobs and get your foot in the door?
The best approach is to keep your options open if you are not sure; there is nothing wrong with applying to a few jobs and having some interviews or applying to grad school, that way you can weigh the pros and cons of either decision.
Everyone’s path is different, and you can’t compare yourself to anyone else when it comes to choosing what is right for you.
Another important fact to realize is that you don’t have to make a permanent decision right away. If you choose to work in a field outside of your career, you may find yourself enjoying it. Grad school may seem intimidating at first, but it could be the best decision you make. There is no rule that once you graduate you have to go into a career in your chosen profession and work there until you retire.
Find out what it is that YOU want to do and go for it, everything will come together eventually.

– Jenn