In a recent survey of 2,460 students, The Student Housing Company found that 96% of students have felt stressed at university.
In addition to this:
- 56% said they feel “constantly” stressed
- 79% are worried about getting a job after university
- 31% believe that it could take as long as 6 months to find a job after graduating
It is clear that students feel stressed and pressured to succeed, particularly in final year when graduation seems to come round so quickly. So, what should you do if you are feeling this way? And what can you do to make sure that you have an exciting job or opportunity lined up after graduation?
Seek the Support You Need
Most universities have specialist support staff who provide guidance to students throughout university. If your studies are being affected by stress or another mental health issue, your lecturers will work with support staff to make sure that you have everything you need to live a happy and successful life at university.
Support staff may be able to help you in several ways: finding counselling or other means of support, offering you the chance to re-sit exams, giving you more time to sit exams, providing coursework extension deadlines, or giving you special dispensation when it comes to marking.
Whatever you are going through, it is important to speak to somebody and resolve the issue as far as you can. Keeping the problem to yourself will only make it worse, but by opening up to university staff, you should find the support you need in order to continue with your studies.
If you are concerned about getting a job after you graduate, make sure you use the resources at your university. Careers fairs often take place on campus, where you can look into the wide range of industries and companies you can work for.
Your university careers service will also be able to point you in the right direction. Even if you’re unsure about which industry you’d like to go into, they can discuss your skills and personality with you, and from that they will narrow down the jobs that you would be suited to.
A degree will show that you are a smart, disciplined and successful young person, but what employers are really looking out for is experience. So, if you can fit some work experience in, it will be hugely beneficial to your future career.
You can get work experience by contacting your university careers department or by contacting local businesses that can offer you the sort of placement you want. When organising your work experience, it is important to make sure that the hours suit you. So taking a placement during the holidays or on a temporary, part-time basis during term time would be ideal.
What’s more, placements like this have very little stress or pressure attached to them, because they’re usually unpaid. This means they can become a welcome distraction to studying, and you can make some great friends during your placement too.
Get Ready Early
By preparing for your graduate career early, you will minimise the feelings of anxiety that many students experience at the end of their final year to find placements or graduate positions right away.
By getting work experience placements, or researching graduate courses available to you during your time as an undergraduate, you will feel happy knowing that you have something exciting to move on to after graduation.
If you decide to look into graduate courses, make sure you ask these important questions:
- What are the fees and what are the payment options?
- What do most students who graduate from this course go on to do as a career?
- Which universities are ranked as the best for the subject you want to study at postgraduate level?
Travel the World
You should also remember that you don’t have to go straight into work or further study after university – you can take many exciting voluntary and paid positions around the world, or you could just save up and go travelling with your friends!
Experiences like this show you to be a broad-minded, interesting and confident individual. So when it comes to finding an entry-level position, or some work experience after you get back from your travels, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Taking Care of Yourself at University
Many students feel stressed and overwhelmed at university or when they graduate, so it is important to realise that you are not alone if you are feeling this way. To find out more information about overcoming your problems at university, check out our latest wellbeing advice for students.
Written by – Amy Hirst ( The Student Housing Company )