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Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

I’ve reached the end of my degree and like many over third years I am waiting for my final grades on 23 July to find out how I did overall. For myself I’ve just got to wait on my dissertation mark, with all my previous module grades being awarded. The last time I was waiting on results was for my GCSE grades 6 years ago, but personally I’m nowhere near as nervous this time around. I gave my best shot to every module I did and with the perspective of everything unexpected that happened over the last two years, I know I can be proud of whatever I receive.

So after Friday me and the other final year students will be graduating, ready for the next steps after uni. I’ve got friends continuing to master’s and PGCEs, ones heading into new jobs and those who are looking to try something completely new. It’s interesting how full restrictions are being lifted the same week we finish because we are entering a space with so much more opportunity for change. But with all this freedom and excitement there is also the trouble of decisions.

So many decisions! I’m sure many first year and second year students already have an idea of where they want to be and how they want to use their degree afterwards, but there are also lots of us who will end up finishing with a lot more knowledge about themselves but less of an idea on where they will end up. So the important question for us is how do we decide what to do next? Well here are my strategies:

  1. Look at your grades and look at every module you completed. And ask which did you enjoy? Personally my grades and enjoyment of a subject are pretty much the same thing and I gained firsts in the subjects that really captured my mind. Finding topics that you love is so important because it gives you an idea of what kind of job you would do well and be great at. These are really great to talk about on your cover letter or in an interview – you know you’re applying for the right role when it’s easy to talk about how the modules you completed gave you a passion for that area.
  2. Location! University College Birmingham attracts students from all over. Many of us moved out into Birmingham from other towns, plenty of students are from Birmingham and lots of students are international. With online learning, lots of us saw that where you live does not have to dictate where you work for all roles too. With your degree at an end, now is a good time to think about where you really want to be, take a risk and move while there are fewer commitments. Many people are happy where they are and that helps narrow down the job hunt to certain places. There are opportunities in all corners, but sometimes where the job is needs to be the first consideration.
  3. If you still can’t see any roles that you can imagine yourself working well in or enjoying then maybe book an appointment with hired@UCB. They will be able to recommend opportunities you will not have considered and getting the opinion of someone with knowledge on where you can go with your new skills is always valuable.

Hope everyone finding out grades this week is proud no matter what the mark is. It’s been a very tricky couple of years and the only result that matters is that you’ve been getting through the pandemic safe and looking after yourself.


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