Summer Preparation is vital for graduate schemes


It is a mere month until students return to university, but both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Leeds/Reading festival are acting as a nice barrier between the day long visits to beer gardens and the return to lectures and beans on toast. The fact that the people of Britain have actually been able to rock flip flops and sunglasses this summer instead of an anorak and wellies has meant that students have further been induced into a summer holiday coma that not even huge reading lists or the prospect of a dissertation will rouse them from.

Many of the class of 2014 will have started thinking about their dissertation, which requires months of dedication and will be the closest to parenthood any of us will have yet experienced. However, whilst summer is the perfect time to get a head start on dissertation work, it is also the perfect time to start making plans for our life post graduation and beans on toast.

Many graduate schemes open in October, and whist many of us think we'll have plenty of time to apply, the reality is that taking time out now to update our C.Vs and research companies we'd like to work for will save a lot of time and stress come October when we're sat in the library tearing our hair out over what our dissertations will actually be about.

Prospects for graduates are starting to look up with some big companies are increasing the amount of graduate jobs they have. It was not so long ago that Microsoft were forced to close their graduate scheme early when over 5,000 people applied for just 25 jobs. As we all know, getting onto a graduate scheme is no longer about having a 2.1, we've all been told repeatedly that work experience is just as important. However, getting onto a graduate scheme requires organisation and persistence which can be easily achieved by taking a little time to update C.Vs and research companies during the summer.

It is also worth remembering that the class of 2014 will be up against graduates from the last couple of years, who will have spent a lot of time perfecting their C.V and doing the relevant research. They also have the advantage of not having the demands of education placed upon them. So, in between trips to the pub and soaking up these last few weeks of sunshine and freedom, take a little time to start preparing for post-university life, so you aren't fretting over graduate schemes so much that you burn your beans on toast.
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