All year we’ve been asking students how they’re feeling and have received various responses back: “I feel like everyone else is ahead”, “I’m worried about not getting an internship” and “My future after university worries me” have been popular answers. We know that study feels stressful because you've not only got deadlines and exams, but you are also having to contemplate your career. Warwick often feels like a bit of a ‘rat race’ in this way, and the SU wants to do everything we can to alleviate this pressure.
First of all, there is no set way of "doing" university or getting a career. If you don’t get a fancy finance job or the best graduate scheme on the market, you’re still doing well. Success is defined by more than your productivity. It’s also worth noting that a slim minority of students end up on a graduate scheme. They aren’t right for everyone, and that’s fine – so don’t pressure yourself into making 100 blanket applications alongside all your other commitments, however tempting that is.
Look out for our dates of upcoming ‘What’s Next?’ events to meet alternative organisations, meet travel companies, learn about postgraduate study, volunteering and third sector opportunities. In academic year 2016/17, we hosted two of these events in collaboration with Warwick Student Careers and Skills, with huge success. The events are designed as calm spaces where you can have full and uninterupted conversation with the organisations in attendance while you contemplate what your future holds. Attendance is much smaller than the start-of-year Careers Fair - which is exactly the point of this event: it's about wellbeing, not job-hunting.