Prepare yourself emotionally for university finishing
A note from our lead counsellor:
‘This is the end of a journey and also perhaps, your time in education. With any ending, there can be a sense of loss, as well as excitement or anxiety about what is to come. Your journey through university might have had ups and downs, you might have many positive experiences to look back on and also some regrets about things you’d hoped for that didn’t transpire. It can help to acknowledge the different feelings that leaving university can evoke’.
– Sarah Weir.
University support over summer:
Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing Services continue to remain available to students over the summer. We can provide support via Skype or phone if you have moved away and we can see you up until the end of July, so there is still time to refer if you need any support, whether you want to reflect on the change you are going through, build your self-esteem and resilience in preparation for entering the job market or resolve emotional issues that hold you back.
We can also provide some guidance on external low cost counselling services or how to access mental health support once you have finished university.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to refer or for further information.
Utilise the career resources we have to offer
Follow our careers team on social media for a range of career events throughout the next few months.
They can help you build a CV, and offer guidance on applying for jobs, attending interviews and more!
Find out more information on the website here.Follow @URCareersHub
Do some research on where you stand with your finances
Get some financial advice from going from an undergraduate to graduate from the Citizens Advice Bureau. You may be entitled to support depending on your situation.
Getting a graduate bank account may also be useful.
Some banks will automatically switch you over, but you may want to check this and find a better deal as interest rates may change once you have graduated.
Don’t stress about repaying your loan! You’ll only begin repaying your student loan once you’re earning above a certain amount, and even then the monthly amount is a manageable. Find out everything you need to know about student finance here.
Give yourself credit for what you have achieved but it’s okay to feel a bit sad too!
The transition from third year into the next step can be full of many different emotions. It’s okay to feel sad about one part being over, but try to stay positive about what comes next.
University, in one way or another, can be a difficult time for everyone.
No matter what grade you got, be PROUD of yourself – you did it!
Think beyond work. While it might be useful to explore your career options, (Roehampton Careers is a great place to start!) life is not all about work!
If you don’t know what you want to do, that’s fine too! Explore what makes you happy!
Maintain your friendships and hobbies, go travelling and make time for yourself, self-care is so important.
Find a new hobby or pick up an old one!