Tom McAndrew is a Careers Consultant based on the Streatham Campus.
Those in their final year are leaving us. In this Summer Term, final exams, bits of course work to deliver maybe and that’s it.
Ouch. So soon?
Congratulations to those who got their dream graduate role. You worked hard and deserve it. Well done.
Possibly you made those who haven’t got their dream job feel very, very envious. They are the ones who hurtled towards Career Zone throughout the year in search of solace and advice. A few reassuring words; your time will come, you will get there, keep on trying, you will get there.
You have all been in an education system where there is a definite path. Career paths after graduation are less direct. A minority follow a linear path. A graduate job after leaving and then a meteoric rise. Easy. The majority of us follow a much more haphazard path. Up and down, off at tangents, sideways steps. One step forward, two steps back for some. The journey is the reward as Taoists say.
As Robert Louis Stevenson said: “Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”
And you are all blessed, you are all the lucky ones. You are young, you’re bright, and the future beckons. Who knows where your journey will lead?
As Floella Benjamin used to tell our graduands; go and change the world.
If you’re struggling then the Career Zone is here to help and support you for three years after you graduate. Talking through ideas, helping formulate plans, help with your applications, your interviews. In person, by telephone, by email and by SKYPE. You may not need us but we are there for you if you do.