Applying for graduate schemes, internships or postgraduate study over the Christmas Vacation, need to get your coursework done, AND want a break too? Is that even possible? Jenny Woolacott-Scarr, Career Zone Information Officer, has some advice.
Get your priorities straight
Of course sorting your career is really important, but it’s not as important as your academic work. If you’re pushed for time focus on acing your coursework and revising for your January exams; a good degree will last you a lifetime.
Quality over quantity
One of the questions I get asked most is ‘how many jobs/internships/postgraduate courses should I be applying to?’ We say you should apply to as many as you can, but crucially without letting the quality of your applications drop, or at the expense of your academic work, or getting enough sleep and rest.
It’s called a Vacation for a reason
You are allowed to have a break. You won’t miss out on your dream job because you went to the cinema with your friends from home. You won’t fail your degree because you had a Boxing Day snooze on the sofa. Promise.
When does the Career Zone Close?
The last day we’re open is Friday 23 December, then we open again on Tuesday 3 January. Apart from those dates we’re here to help you via email, Skype, phone, through My Career Zone, or in person if you’re still in Exeter.
However you spend your Vacation make time to enjoy your break, and we look forward to seeing you again in January.
The Career Zone Team x