Today, as the results days for GCSE and A Level are looming, i thought i’d share a list of things i wish i’d know about before i went to university:

  1. Working hard to get a 1st or a 2:1 at the end of your degree is infinitely better. A 2:2 means your CV is more likely to be ignored by picky employers (but it’s not the end of the world if you do get a 2:2).
  2. If you can get a part-time job while at uni, do it. Experience, money, something to do, etc.
  3. Knowing what you want to do after studying is useful. If not, do lots of research before and during your degree so you know all your options.
  4. Get as much experience in your field as you can, even if it’s unpaid. Experience is the only thing that will stop you getting a job later.
  5. Budgeting is essential – put enough aside to get you through the months comfortably, and put any excess into savings.
  6. Networking is very important.
  7. If you do English, make sure you do more activities outside your studies to be a more rounded individual.
  8. If you do a Masters, make sure you make the most of doing work experience during it.
  9. Have fun! If you need a break, take it!
( In reference to #1, look at the following Guardian article: What-students-do-if-their-grades-are-low?)

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