The End is Nigh? | Grace O’Sullivan

It took every ounce of strength I have to refrain from a Seabiscuit-burger-inspired article, filled with foal jokes, that you could tell your neigh-bour. However, there are more serious issues in the world of a UCC student which have come to my attention. It appears there are only nine more Mondays left in this semester. This is the LAST SEMESTER before the dreaded/welcomed exams (depending on your use of the library/study desk in your room.) I must admit that this came as a bit of a shock to the system. The real world does not sit well with the remnants of selection boxes that are still lying around my house. Unfortunately I’ve decided to look at what actually faces us all, once the degree has been collected and reality bites. Is there really a wonderful life in store for us all? Or is it just a mount of visa applications from here to Bondi Beach? Seeing that the chance of procuring a full time job that is actually  related to your chosen field is rarer than a steak at on MasterChef, I want to see what other options await us.

Disclaimer: I’m not a career guidance counsellor, and all this is how I reassure myself that ‘every little thing’s gonna be alright.’ 

Volunteer Work

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Perhaps you’re the type of person who enjoys being altruistic, or alternatively you won’t get out of bed for anything less than minimum wage? Well, it seems giving up your time to help others, is beneficial to you too, not only in terms of satisfaction but also to bag a job. Now I’m not saying this should be your main motive, but it’s certainly a plus. Seeing as the world and her mother have college degrees now, we all need something to set us apart from the crowd, right? Volunteer work seems to be the way forward; think of the joy helping others will bring you, both now and in the future. What’s a couple of hours here and a few flag days there? Why not start right now and email a UCC society aimed at helping others? Perhaps the only way to help yourself is to help others.

Hobby for Gold?

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Okay, this one may be a bit of stretch, but you know that thing your parents told you was a waste of time and needed to stop doing to focus on your studies – no, not that thing – something like singing or dancing? Well, The Voice of Ireland 2014 is always an option, or the X Factor? There can only be one winner, and it really could be you. Who knows, you may have exactly what it takes. However if the only note you can hold has a Euro sign on it, you’re out of luck in this respect. But you could be the next Zuckerberg – if so, call me – all the time you spent on your laptop could prove to make you millionaire… Maybe.

Internships

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Yes, there is a pattern emerging here – nothing will initially provide you with a steady wage, but they say it’s all about experience. Why not try to get an internship? Granted, this is easier said then done, but I suppose there’s something out there for everyone, and often interning leads onto some form of employment. Who knows – you might even make such a go of it, you could be on the next Apprentice, and Alan Sugar could always do with a taste of cork like.

The message I’m trying to convey is that it’s not all Visas and Green Cards once the cap and gown have been dry-cleaned. Life doesn’t always go to plan and things change, but isn’t that what makes it exciting? Look at where you want to be in five years time and take one small step to make it happen. Your life is sustained by seven trillion cells – make each one count!