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TMIK’s words of advice for students

Wise words for new grads on how to deal with these strange times

Students across the country have faced what is possibly the weirdest academic year ever, and many are worried about what lies ahead. The future for grads is always scary but particularly terrifying right now, so I’ve consulted some of the wise TMIK team for their advice. By Sadia Nowshin.

Jobs and Internships

Heading into the job market with many doors of opportunity staying firmly closed, how can students best face unemployment?

“Try not to dwell too much on the negative. Some of the most interesting people I know are those who’ve taken a less than linear path through their careers. Instead of plunging straight into a grad role in an industry you might have got stuck in for the next decade, you might now end up dabbling in a host of different industries before discovering something totally leftfield you love.” – Sarah Bradbury

Social life

Let’s be honest: the last few weeks of term are reserved for living out all your wildest plans, blissfully guilt-free. Instead, many of us submitted our last ever assignment from home, and celebrated with a thrilling fourth cup of tea.

As they mourn campus in the summer, how can students make up for the loss of social time and the lack of final farewells?

“Remember you’ve got so much time to make new memories together. I see the gang of people I fell in love with when I was 18 all the time, and our 20s are even more fun than uni! You could also all agree to head back to your uni for one last wild week when things open up, and it’ll be all the more special to see each other then if you do.” – Emma Irving

“Losing my last term hit me hard. What it made me realise, though, is that we didn’t need this time to ‘say goodbye’. Sure, you might not see some people again, but there’s plenty of time to catch up with the ones who stick around yet.” – Sadia Nowshin

Budgeting

Though the world is slowly opening, some part-time jobs have been axed, leaving many lacking funds for their amended summer plans.

“If you can’t find something full-time, try part-time, freelancing or interning alongside temp work or tutoring to keep some money rolling in. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to experiment.” – Sarah

“This depends on how crafty you are, but if you’ve ended up doing some lockdown activities you might find you can make some money from them too. My sister started painting portraits for fun and now she sells them on Depop for £30 a go!” – Emma

Anything else?

Students are gutted about the loss of this last term because of the idea that these are the best days of your life. So, ye olde wise TMIK reporters (who actually aren’t old at all, sorry team!), have you any final words of advice?

“Try not to compare yourself to others. Embrace and hone your own talents. Focus on what success looks like for you. Remember work is only one part of your life – it doesn’t define you.” – Sarah

“Listen to Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen – he says it all much better than I ever could.” – Emma

Have you got any wise words for current students or new grads on how to deal with these strange times? Let us know!