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One of my biggest requests for videos and blog posts is advice to my younger self. I know for lots of us, being a student and the years that follow are really important and there is a lot of pressure to make the right decisions. It can also be really expensive, and I spent a lot of weeks living off soup! I get a lot of tweets asking me to share my experience of how to deal with leaving University, so I wanted to share my top tips for any students out there. The first tip I want to share is about how to get your finances in order.
I remember as soon as I was old enough to have a bank account my Mum took me to Natwest and I put all my savings into an account.
When I went to University I suddenly had completely different needs to my weekly pocket money! Luckily, Natwest has a really good Student Account so I signed up and want to share my experience getting through those tough financial years! The biggest benefit to me was the overdraft.
So it makes a huge difference. I do everything on my phone so you also get online and mobile banking. Something I use a lot now is paying people using just a mobile number which is really good for paying mates you owe money to or paying your landlord! Getting your finances in order is really important and it can be quite daunting, so make sure you check out the Natwest Student Account here http: When I left University I applied for as much work experience as possible and this really helped me build up my CV.
I had a part-time waitress job to get me through, so be prepared to work doing something completely different whilst you get the experience you need elsewhere. I had a journalism degree, so I applied to every newsroom and offered to do absolutely anything and work every shift no one wanted to! In time, my experience and contacts built up, so I applied for about 50 junior positions from researchers to runners, and I finally landed my first job in London! Those first six months were key, and I would advise you to put your social plans on hold and just to work as hard as you can and meet as many contacts as you can because it really pays off.
Finally, do something you enjoy. I hit a real low when I left University because so many of my job applications were rejected. I found that when I went to companies and roles within them that really suited me, I was so much more productive and also so much happier.