Keeping multiple balls in the air with apparent nonchalance is a juggler’s fantasy, but a student’s nightmare, particularly in the final year of university. Daily study commitments, tests, assignments, preparation for fieldwork and work placements, maintaining part-time work, graduate job applications and interviews, campus and community volunteering, plus trying to have a personal life, all cause pressure and pressure always has the potential to lead to stress.
So here’s a gentle reminder. Take care of yourself. Eat healthily and ensure that you have enough sleep. If you start to feel that your life-barometer is moving from ‘full-on’ to ‘out of control’ get help immediately. Student Services are here to support you. You want the best possible result from your time at university, and so do we.
If you have some free time over the break, visit the Student Services pages just to be sure that you know what help is available. So many students at the end of their time at university come to see us at Career Development and Employment (Vic Careers) and tell us that they wish they had been aware of the service and used us earlier. While most students seem aware of Student Accommodation, Student Counselling, Student Health and Student Learning Support, there is less awareness of the other Student Services and what they offer, so take the time to learn more. http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/viclife/studentservice/
The coming break may also offer an opportunity to reflect on the path ahead; your career goals and life goals, and the passions and values that may already shape your present life and will in the future. Beginning to become aware of, and use, some of the career resources is a great start. At Vic Careers we provide career support, information and publications. Visit our office at 14 Kelburn Parade, our public website at www.victoria.ac.nz/careers and our intranet site CareerHub at http://careerhub.vuw.ac.nz
If you are already making good use of our services and resources, www.mindtools.com is another fantastic resource that I recommend frequently to people. Check out ‘The Toolkit’ with its excellent information organised under
- Career Skills
- Stress Management
- Project Management
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Time Management
- Creativity Tools
- Strategy Tools, and
- Communications Skills.
‘Career Skills’ is the logical place to begin with and in the other sections are tools that you can use every day at university and in the workplace. A lot of the resources on this site are free but unfortunately others are only available to members. There is a free newsletter which I have also found useful. Happy reading.