Advice from a Graduating Student

Posted by Lauren Dick on April 9, 2019

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We’re almost at the end of the 2018-2019 academic session, and it’s a pretty big milestone for me: I’m graduating! As a fourth-year student graduating in June 2019, I thought it was time to share some of the things I’ve learned during my time at York University.

I strongly recommend learning from your fellow peers—check out the #YUBlog “York U Academic Peer Support Services” blog post for more peer-to-peer help options!

Keep Your Future in Mind

Aren’t sure what goals you should be aiming for? A great way to outline your goals is to do a bit of research on your dream job. One of the best ways to figure out what qualifications you would need for your ideal career is to look at people in that position — do they have a graduate or post-graduate degree? Your research will also help you discover what prerequisites or experience you may need in order to be eligible for these graduate or post-graduate programs.  

In my case, editors and publishers typically have a post-graduate credential (a certificate, graduate certificate or a Master’s degree).

Making a plan is a great way to define your goals and help you stay on track!

Find Ways to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Keeping your future in mind is only one part of the equation — you also have to discover ways to help you achieve your goal. One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to think carefully about your course selection, volunteer experiences and employment opportunities!

Outside of your major, your electives are a fantastic tool to help you tailor your degree to your future career. Volunteering, research, experiential education and job opportunities can also help you gain the work experience you need to apply to your dream position. For example, if you want a career in politics, then I recommend running for a spot in York U’s student government: the York Federation of Students (YFS). If you want to gain experience in social work, apply for a position in the Social Work Student Association (SWSA). York U offers a wide variety of programs and resources to help you gain experience, including:

Personally, I want to have a career as an editor or publisher. To help me with my goal, I applied to the Professional Writing program at York U, chose courses that matched my future career (e.g. AP/WRIT 2710 Grammar & Proofreading and AP/DATT 2100 Publishing in Digital Media), volunteered at Existere, York U’s journal of arts and literature, and accepted a position at the #YUBlog as a Work/Study student!

One of the best ways to move toward your dream job is getting valuable, hands-on experience

Visit Friends and Family

After spending four years in an undergraduate degree, I’ve had my fair share of missed game nights and cancelled family get-togethers in order to complete a term project or to study for an upcoming exam. Even though you may be busy, I recommend making some time in your schedule to visit with your friends and family. It’s also a great way to de-stress from your busy school, work and social life!

Success Tip:Looking for some help organizing your schedule? Check out our #YUBlog “Time Management Tips for York U Students” blog post to help get you started!

Visiting friends and family is a great way to de-stress from your busy life!

No matter what year you’re in, it’s important to be mindful of these tips. University offers the perfect time to get to know your industry and future career. Explore your options by taking an elective, joining a club or applying for an internship and make time for family and friends. I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your time at York U!

Are you graduating this term? Tell us your advice in the comments below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!

Lauren Dick
Lauren Dick

Lauren Dick is a fourth-year Professional Writing major who is also working towards a Professional Certificate in Marketing at York U. She loves to curl up with a good story and a warm cup of tea (only English Breakfast, mind you), and she hopes her blog posts encourage current and incoming students to learn more about York U and its community.

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