It’s that time of year again! For students around the world, it’s exam season. They say that your years as a student are the best years of your life. However, during exam season I would say that is absolutely not the case. The pressure amongst peers, both in person and online has never been higher for today’s students. Good exam results can facilitate good opportunities, but do you need to feel bad if you receive low grades? Can you still succeed without them? Perhaps the key is about building a network? Read our article in FULL to take advantage of an exciting FREE offer that we are making available for students. Let’s take a look.
Exam Season – What Does Getting A First Look Like?
At Careerships we have more than 150 years of leadership experience from across every continent on the planet. What does a first look like to us?
It looks like you didn’t have a good time at university. Yes, it’s important to focus and get your head down, but don’t feel like your career is over if you don’t get the top grades.
Most recruiters often find that someone that gets a 2.1 or a 2.2 struck a nice balance of developing life skills at university as well as their academic skills. It’s ok to have grown your social network at university and tried out new things, so give yourself a break and stay calm, it’s really important.
Exam Season – I Have A Few Days Before My Final Exams, What Tips Do You Have?
Statistics show that the best way to prepare for an examination is to do past papers. This both tests your academic knowledge but stretches your brain in a different way to learning. In the UK in particular academia has not been modernised for many years and therefore questions are listed on a cyclical basis. Part of being successful in your career is figuring out how to hack the career game. The same applies for academia, and the best hack is to go through as many past papers as you can and write things down so that all elements of your brain and memory are activated.
Exam Season – Is It The Most Important Thing In Your Life?
Absolutely not. Most of the professionals that we interact with realised one thing from their studying days. They realised afterwards they wanted to do something else with their career. Many professionals in their 30’s, 40’s, or even 50’s and 60’s, often want to pivot their career, and the key thing to note is, it’s never too late.
The only thing that matters is that you give it your best shot and you do yourself justice in terms of preparation. The old adage is "fail to prepare and prepare to fail”, and the only person you are letting down is yourself. So as long as you give 100% in terms of your preparation and do your best, the result to a large extent, does not matter.
Yes, you might not get an internship, or apprenticeship or be placed on a graduate scheme, but most successful people these days did none of the above. They grew their careers through resilience, determination, focus,people skills and networking. All of these are traits that you can develop later.
Exam Season – I am Feeling The Pressure, What Should I Do?
Remember to answer the question! Just like in interviews, most people fail by not answering the question.
One of the most underrated skills in life, is also the power of breathing. Guru’s like Tony Robbins run whole seminars on this, and mindfulness and meditation have boomed in recent years.
Breath work supports so many of the challenges everyone experiences. It reduces stress, creates feelings of openness, love,peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection. Breath work also helps release trauma or mental, physical,and emotional blocks, as well as anxiety, depression, fear, grief, and anger.
Mastering your breathing when you are in an examination can really help you control your emotions which is a key step in the internal psychological battle that exists when sitting an exam. So remember, when you’re reading the question in the exam, pause and breathe, read it again, breathe and go for it!
Exam Season – Building A Career Network
A key proven element of career success is not your academic prowess! Universities will tell you otherwise, but the reality is they have their own agenda, to keep people on the pathway that leads to large academic fees. Yes, it’s important to tick the box for certain careers but it should make up only a % of your portfolio in your arsenal when looking to leap into your career.
A much larger% should be made up of your network! The more that you let people in the world know that you are a nice person and determined and focused and can add value,then the more opportunities can come your way.
We live in a world of social media now and it’s never been easier to meet with business leaders from around the world. However, it’s also important to do this face toface sometimes!!
So, How Do I Get Started?
To help you on your journey, Careerships has a number of free in person events coming up in Leeds, London, Spain, Florida and Brighton in the next 4 months. To find out more, make sure to engage on our posts and message our team.
We are starting on 3rd June in Leeds!! So if you have come to the end of your academic year and you want to meet up with our CEO for a free career brainstorm session and perhaps build your own network of likeminded students, then get in touch for more information.
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