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How to make the most of your last years as a student

The number of job openings has fallen for the first time in four years and there are more job seekers than vacancies, according to government statistics.
The number of job openings has fallen for the first time in four years and there are more job seekers than vacancies, according to government statistics.

SINGAPORE - Things aren’t looking great for fresh graduates these days.

The number of job openings has fallen for the first time in four years and there are more job seekers than vacancies, according to government statistics (see here and here).

Frankly, it all sounds a little depressing, especially if you’re a student in your last years of education.

But instead of worrying about the future, why not take control of the present?

We all know that being a student usually means this:

 

And perhaps more accurately, this:

But it shouldn’t be just about acing those tests or memorising your textbooks.

The best thing about being a student is the freedom to explore, take risks and even make mistakes.

 

Here’s how to make the most out of your last years in school.

1. Plan for a productive school holiday break

Instead of just lazing around ...

...why not take up an internship or a part-time job in a field you’ve always been curious about? The size or prestige of the company doesn’t matter. With the right attitude, you can always learn something new.

(Take it from someone who has worked part-time selling computers at IT fairs and distributing flyers door to door.)

Or volunteer with your friends at a non-profit organisation. For example, the Singapore Zoo and other wildlife parks are always looking for volunteers, including those from 15 to 21 years old.

 

2. Get out of Singapore, even if it’s for a week

Go on volunteer trips, overseas exchange programmes or take up an internship abroad. Whether it’s one week or six months, you’re likely to meet new people, experience new cultures and most importantly, learn a thing or two about yourself.

3. Try as many things as possible

Not sure what you want to do when you graduate? That’s okay.

But don’t shortchange yourself by sticking to what you know. Sign up for that philosophy class you’ve always been curious about. Or try that pottery class that everyone’s been raving about because why not?

Who knows, that class might help you figure out what you want to do after you graduate. 

4. Learn how to have some fun

It can be difficult to know how to have fun when all you can think about is the test that’s coming up.

But remember to devote some time to relax and unwind, so you don’t get burnt out.


 

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