Thelakshe and friends sat outside Dockyard

Student blog: 5 reasons to stay positive in your final year

“I’m Thelakshe, a final year Business and Management student at the Medway campus. Being a final year student during the Covid-19 pandemic can be quite difficult to manage. You will be going through a range of emotions during this year, from being scared, anxious, uncertain to excited and relieved.  

Here I share to you my top five reasons to stay positive about graduating this year. I hope this shares more positivity for this year and helps keep you motivated.

1. About to complete another hurdle successfully

You may have found this year challenging and difficult, however just remember that you are very close to completing your degree successfully where all your hard work will be all worth it. You have come a long way with this degree and have done absolutely amazing during a global pandemic, so carry on working positively and this year will be another success!

2. New career or job opportunities

Upon finishing your degrees, there are many career and job opportunities available for you to enter. There are many things that the University can help out with too, especially in choosing your careers and job hunting. You may even consider going onto completing a Master’s, PhD or finding degree-related jobs. The University has a specific website for final year students to help make your next steps.

3. Support services available at Kent

There are many support services available here at Kent.  The University’s Careers Team offer great support ranging from careers guidance, interview practices, study plus schemes and many more. You can access the Careers and Employability Service for up to three years after you graduate. Check out the Careers and Employability page for more information.

4. A wonderful summer to look forward to

With restrictions slowly easing, this summer is definitely one to look forward to. Whether you decide to travel within the UK or try out new things, a well relaxed summer is waiting ahead for you. Make yourselves relaxed this summer by treating yourself to a chilled summer. Let’s hope the weather is also staying positive for us. The University is also organising a series of summer events for you to join on campus when coronavirus restrictions ease – so watch this space! 

5. Moving onto a new and exciting chapter of your life

Joining University has been a new chapter of our lives which is nearly accomplished. The exciting thing is that you will be moving into another new chapter of your life. This can be exciting and tense but imagine it as the new opportunities approaching. 

The main message I wanted to convey is to keep being positive despite the circumstances we are in. Please remember the University is here to support you all the time.”