Having finished my final assignments and waiting for my last grades to come through, I’ve got myself a great new job working with young people at the YMCA. I can already see how university prepared me for my next steps, from resilience to organisation.
At university, I juggled study, work and a social life pretty well. Knowing how to organise my time and prioritise my tasks has really helped me get off to a good start at work as I work on projects, attend meetings and file reports. Knowing how to balance your time well stands you well when you get a job, so make sure that’s a skill you work on at university.
I built up great resilience at university, learning how to cope with more stressful times and how to make time for myself. This has also helped me in what can be a challenging job at times, though I also really enjoy myself. Finding my motivation within the job has also helped me to keep at it; knowing that I can help a young person find gain independence is really rewarding and everyday is different.
Studying at degree in Sociology and Youth Studies has been great for my job as the theory learnt in my lectures can now be put into practice. By remembering the debates and discussions we had in our classes, I can take my classmates points of view and put those into practice as I work with young people. Communication, a skill learnt not only in seminars but in the Students' Union and my work, has also helped me. I know that there are different forms of communication and by taking time to think about what I am going to say and how has really helped me to get started in a job where I am communicating with young people everyday as they work to achieve their goals.
I never realised how many skills university taught me until I started applying for jobs. You’d be surprised at how much you’ve changed as a person when you look back and reflect on how you were three years ago.