by SSA Cavendish (Shafina Khatun)
At the moment, 3 years of University is the main picture for most of us and I gather a lot of us haven’t looked beyond the horizon for when we graduate. We may start to do so towards our final year. It is time to see the bigger picture.
I want you to sit down… (if aren’t already) and bring out some paper and a pen. Think of where you see yourselves in ten years’ time. Take as long as you need, once you have done that pick specific areas you wish to go deeper into in life.
Here are some examples I have given, once you have thought of subject areas ask yourself where do you see yourself in six months’ time, a years’ time, two years’ time, five years’ time and ten years’ time or what do you see yourself achieving in these time spans? I know it might seem far ahead and difficult to think that far but try, because you have ultimately set yourself a huge ambition to work towards every day. Make sure you note these goals down in a book of some kind.
I’ve tried to give an example of work and uni so you get the gist of where I am going with this
6 months- at least be achieving 65% or above in every assignment, to be revising for May Exams by going over lectures and to be involved in at least one student society.
1 year-to achieve at least a 2.1 for the whole year overall and have no retakes. Be more actively involved in the student union society I belong too or start a new one. Start researching where my degree takes me if I haven’t done so already.
2 years- to achieve a first, to achieve a level of authority in my student society e.g. Vice or head
5 years- after graduating with honours have a stable job. If things are difficult at that time sign with recruitment agencies for the time being
10 years’ time-to hold high level position in what job I have e.g. assistant manager maybe even CEO who knows?
Every day set yourself small targets on how you can achieve your goal and move towards the six month goal but think about how you can move towards your year goals when you have the chance e.g.
-I will go over one lecture and do pre/post reading
-start the introduction of my assignment
-email head of society for upcoming events I can get involved with
-plan assignments and exams on my yearly calendar
Don’t try to overburden yourself and set too many goals especially on a daily basis. There will be times when you will need to leave the goals aside for a while and spend hours of the day on an assignment. Try to go over your targets when you have some time but make sure you look at them once on a monthly basis. Try to have seasonal reviews, for example four times in the year you might go somewhere quiet and check if you are moving towards your goals. If you haven’t, figure out why that is so? Maybe you’ve lost interest in your initial goal. If so don’t give up or get frustrated at yourself. This may mean that you need to redefine your goals. Also, it’s going to be hard to plan every single moment of your life as there are many unexpected situations that will arise. It may be ideal to keep a weekly list of things you wish to get through and on a daily basis pick what you feel is necessary to complete straight away. There’s no real set of rules or laws to go by but these are just a few suggestions.
For further information you can check your local libraries for specific books or use the internet. One brilliant article I would recommend is http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html and the website itself is extremely useful.
Don’t give up I would say it’s time to define your purpose in life because. You. Are Important.