Easter “break” is here again, for the last time. I really wish I could be like other students and put aside work for a week or two; go on holiday and relax, without having to think about incoming coursework deadlines and exams. Declining a night out at the ‘Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World tour after party’ last night clearly states the fact that I can’t do anything else other than studying at the moment. What’s even worse is that I still haven’t seen the new episode of Game of Thrones. Exam stress has indeed kicked in. Moreover, my dissertation is due to be submitted in less than a month. I have organised my work now up until my exams start. If I stay on top of my work then everything should work out fine (knocking on wood).
I have again realised the importance of networking whilst in university: when I was in my second year, helping out at an open day for prospective MBS students, I spoke with a parent who had come along with his son. The parent asked me about my career aspirations post graduation. I spontaneously mentioned a few companies, whereby he said he had recently retired as a Partner from one of them. He was then happy to provide me with his details so that I could have him as my reference. A few weeks ago, I was invited down for a final interview with that firm. I received an offer the next morning. So yes, a little bit of extra effort; taking part in extracurricular activities, can indeed lead to the unexpected. Additionally, a friend of mine who I have met here at MBS, offered me an opportunity in his father’s business in Beijing. As exciting as that sounds, I have decided to go ahead with the above-mentioned offer.
Take my advice and don’t lock yourselves into your textbooks. Try to grab every opportunity there is!