Managing Second Year:

With the end of this term, it makes sense for me to share some pearls of wisdom:

Second year is exciting. You’re anxious to catch up with the friends you didn’t see over summer, settle into your new accommodation if you’re living out and check out the new student nights as well as return to the much loved favourites from previous years – Mooch Wednesdays, Gosta Mondays. In the midst of all of these exciting social aspects of university, it’s easy to adopt an ‘I’ll catch up later’ or ‘Missing one lecture won’t hurt’ attitude. And when it comes to placements, it’s easy to put your search off until ‘tomorrow’ or ‘next week’. It’s no shock that my biggest recommendation is going to be – don’t put things off, start early!

‘Early Bird Catches The Worm’

Keeping up with the work from your lectures on a weekly basis means that when it comes to exam time in particular, you’re not in a panic to get things done and you’re actually revising instead of learning. In terms of placements, getting a head start is useful for a variety of reasons;

  • The first step is getting the placement team to check your CV. The placements team are a lot less busy at the start of the year so you’ll have a better chance at getting your CV checked at a time that suits you.
  • Deadlines for some companies close as early as October due to them being open to applications throughout the summer period.
  • With two assessment seasons, you don’t want to be worrying about placement deadlines as well as exams and assignments, so take advantage of the lack of assessment toward the start of the year. I can’t imagine how stressful it must be to be writing placement applications and attending interviews/ assessment centers in or after April
  • Although some companies state their deadlines to be later in the year, so you think you have a few months to submit an application, many companies – especially companies abroad – require A LOT of documentation that you many not necessarily have access to at university: A-level certificates, medical checks, scans of ID. You need to organise yourself early on so that if need be, you can go home to collect these documents or make appointments with your GP to get medical checks done or interviews for international VISAs.

Keeping on top of things has its advantages, it helps you find that balance between work and socialising.

This term flew by, I can’t believe my second year is almost over. Here’s some highlights from this term: