The years of toil at university or college are drawing to an end – or perhaps you have returned there to embark on a top up degree. That means you have got just a few months left to complete your studies before going out into the labour marketplace, full of hope and ambition.
This can be the steepest slope to climb; finding the motivation and focus to complete your studies.
So here are a few reminders of common sense coping strategies; tips to make sure your degree final year ends on a positive note.
The answer to any anxiety you feel shouldn’t be nights in the bar or those extra large bags of crisps and sweets.
Find a way to offload stress that is both healthy and constructive. Find someone you can be honest with about your concerns or problems.
It is good to talk things through and you may find many of your fears are common among your fellow college students facing exams, deadlines for assignments and job interviews.
Take time out to relax to complete degree final year
Even under pressure to complete your studies, you need to make room for some relaxation. Again, not necessarily the local pub or supermarket aisles.
Do some sport, go for walks or take a social trip out to the cinema for some escapism.
Watch the pennies
Tempting though it is to go out “on a blast” – or book that post-college holiday – financial issues can add to stress levels enormously.
You have your life ahead of you – and hopefully a blossoming career to fund the fun side. Some choose to budget carefully to ensure that money worries are not a distraction during what is a very stressful time.
Don’t compare yourself to others
The pressure cooker of final exams and assignments in courses such as Accountancy, Business and Finance, Law and Hospitality can leave you feeling vulnerable.
One of the pitfalls to avoid is comparing yourself with other people on your course. Everyone learns at different rates and in different ways. Choose the path that best suits you. And one that leads to the qualifications you need for your career, irrespective of the aims and perceptions of fellow students.
Don’t be too proud to ask for help
You should be proud that you have got this far and that you are about to gain respected qualifications. But you shouldn’t be too proud to ask for help when you need it.
If you are in your degree final year at Mont Rose College in London, there are personal tutors and counsellors who are there to help all students. If you are not sure where to turn, speak to student support today.