What I wish I knew before I left uni

What I wish I knew before I left uni

Here are some things we here at Bigfoot HQ wish we’d know before leaving university. Whether you’re off to uni for the first time this September, or returning for your second, third of even fourth year, hopefully you can learn something from us!

1. Good work experience is vital for your CV

You go to uni to learn... and have lots of fun too. But if you’re hoping to land a good job when you graduate, good work experience is going to be pretty vital. It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget if all you’ve got in sight is a shiny first-class degree. However impressive your degree is, it will still only take up a few lines on your CV! Whether it be a few weeks of experience in the summer, some volunteering for a local charity shop, or that bar work that help pay the bills, getting something to put in the ‘work experience’ section of your CV is pretty important!

2. Enjoy working flexi-time to the full

Uni is a rammed pack time of your life but at least you can be a little flexible with your time. If you’re planning to go into the world of traditional 9-5 work, this may be the last time you can be so flexible in the next 40 years! We can’t stress this enough... enjoy it! Being hungover on a Wednesday or ditching your work on that freak summer’s day in April may not be an option once you graduate!

3. There is a difference between 61 and 69!

Enjoy it but... working at your degree is important! We know lots of you will be aiming for a 2.1, but don’t be lazy. Lots of employers or higher education courses will look at grades for modules and years, not just your final degree classification. Don’t think scraping by on a 61 is the same as getting a 68 or 69. Those extra few points may make all the difference later!

4. Long summer holidays are a gift

Until you leave uni, long summer holidays are a given; you’ve had at least six weeks for summer all of your life and at uni you get more like twelve! Amazing. This does not happen in the real world. Of course you know that, but Joni Mitchell wasn’t wrong when she said you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone. Make the most of summer, for goodness sake!

Until you leave uni, long summer holidays are a given; you’ve had at least six weeks for summer all of your life and at uni you get more like twelve! Amazing. This does not happen in the real world. Of course you know that, but Joni Mitchell wasn’t wrong when she said you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone. Make the most of summer, for goodness sake!

5. Friendship isn’t always this easy

At uni, you live with a huge household of all your friends. If you’d been allowed to do this as a child, it would have probably blown your mind. But you soon take it for granted. Not only do you live in a house with most of your friends, but all your other friends live within about a 5 mile radius of you. After you graduate, people will scatter all over the country. Spending all Sunday on the sofa hungover is a lot less fun without a houseful of friends. Appreciate them. And even tidy up for them once in a while. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.