With only a few months left before you find yourself in the working world, off to uni or travelling the world, now’s the time to think about how to make the most of these last few months of college.
With thoughts about whether you’ll get a place at uni, whether you’ll get the grades you need for your apprenticeship, and whether you’ll cope away from home, emotions may be running high, but with these few tips, you’ll have a blast and a final year to remember.
How to finish college on a high note
1. Enjoy it
At the age, at which you can party the night away in clubs without sneaking in and drive to your heart's content, remember to have fun in your last year. If there’s nothing on the school social calendar, organise an event yourself, or perhaps a road trip with your close friends, so that you’ll look back fondly on your sixth form life.
2. Work hard
There’s no time like the present, and working hard will pay off in the long run. It’s only for another few months and the more you push yourself the more likely you’ll be accepted to your dream university or onto your dream apprenticeship programme. 4 Mandatory skills to exceed in college and beyond
3. Family time
If you are going to be away from home next year, make sure you spend some quality time with your family. You’ll miss them more than you realise. Spend more time with them by having dinner, go shopping with them, go to the cinema, or just watch box sets in front of the TV. Even if you do return for the holidays, you’ll be caught up in so many other activities that you might not be able to spend much time with them.
4. Plan a holiday
For the first time in years you’ll be free from any responsibilities, so why not treat yourself and organise a holiday, perhaps with your friends. Whether it’s backpacking in Peru, partying in Ibiza, or shopping in Dubai, a planned holiday might be the perfect remedy to get you through the dark days of May and June.
5. Earn some money
You’ll need to pay for your holiday somehow. While it’s not advisable to be working while taking your exams, alongside a bit of spending money, a holiday job can also give you extra skills to take with you if you are leaving home and going to be looking for part-time work.
6. Make some memories
When you’ve got a free moment put together all your memories of school and college life together. Whether you create a scrapbook or fill a shoebox, putting together old pictures (and printing them out) and flyers from your school plays can give you something to look back on.
7. Plan your life
Well, perhaps not your life, but use your time to reflect upon what you want from your adult life. Think about where your skills and interests lie, and what matters to you most in life. You might also like to think of a way to make your dreams a reality.
Our app iShine can help you better understand what careers you can go into with the education you currently have and will embark upon over the next few years, as well as any hobbies, responsibilities and work experience you have.
8. Use your spare time wisely
As time is of the essence in sixth form, aim at working towards where you’d like to be in the future. For example, volunteer with a local charity, take part in school plays, or improve your biochemistry knowledge with FutureLearn.
9. Use your careers service
You’ll never have such a good opportunity to ask someone about what you might be able to do in the future and understand what your strengths are. Attend local careers fairs, sign up for career tools and book a face-to-face session with your college’s careers advisor.