Final Year Students:
How to be a Final Year: Going Forward After UCD
So, this is it! Your last few months (hopefully) in UCD as an undergrad. You’re probably scrambling to find something to do for the summer like a J1 or a part-time job in your local. UCDSU has your back when it comes to guiding you in the right direction for when you enter the big bad world of being a “Recent Graduate”, and this page serves as a quick pitstop for when you’re struggling about where to go next.
Did you know that UCD has a dedicated centre for career development and that you can use this service for up to two years after you officially leave UCD? Just use your UCD Student Number and password to access their Careers Connect service if you’re a current student or give the centre a call on 01 716 7574 if you’re a graduate. This will give you access to one on one consulting where you can get help on your C.V, interview technique and anything else career related. For more info on the Career Development Centre have a look HERE
In your last few months in UCD you could run into new issues or have questions you might never have needed to ask before and UCDSU always has you covered. From issues with your final exams or assignments to concerns about your welfare as you leave college, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, we have democratically elected and trained officers to support and represent you! If you ever have a question or an issue that needs solving, come into the SU corridor located in the Old Student Centre and we’ll sort you out with an appointment. For more info on your UCDSU officers and what they can help you with have a look HERE
Much like the Career Development Centre, your use of the UCD Libraries doesn’t stop when you graduate. For just 30 Euro a year you can get access to all of UCD’s Libraries. With a huge amount of books and journals, as well as being an excellent study space, getting year-round access for less than the price of four drinks in Dublin is a bargain. Whether you’re studying for your FE1’s or just like the peace and quiet it’s well worth a look. More info can be found HERE
Now that you’re about to have a degree from the largest university in Ireland, you also get the right to vote for your representation in Irelands Upper House, Seanad Éireann. UCD Graduates have 3 senators representing them, able to vote alongside graduates of the other N.U.I programmes. In order to be able to vote you will have to fill in a registration form which can be found HERE
The form should be returned to the National University of Ireland offices using the address provided. If you ever have any questions about how or why to register then send an email to our UCDSU Graduate Officer at email@example.com
After you’ve spent three or four years in UCD, you probably have a few favourite lecturers and modules or an area of your degree where everything just clicked. As you enter your final few months in UCD it can be a good time to start thinking about asking those lecturers for academic references. Much like professional references you might already have on your C.V, having a lecturer who can stand over your work after you leave UCD can be a great help when getting into graduate employment programmes and postgraduate degrees. The two biggest rules when asking for an academic reference is to be polite and to be patient. Your lecturers are under no obligation to give you a reference and will always appreciate someone who asks in person, provides all the information as to why they would like a reference and, most importantly, thanks to them when they do eventually get a reference!
Conversion Courses/Going Back to School:
One of the most daunting things students face as they come close to graduation is doubt around what they want to do later on in life or if their course is really relevant to their career goals. Rather than feel stuck, there are a number of opportunities available to students from every course to be able to re-skill and enter nearly any area of work. From Computer Science, Law and Business conversion courses to Professional Masters in Education there are plenty of ways you can make your degree work for you and to branch out into areas you might not have thought of before. When looking for advice on where to go after your undergrad degree you can chat with your programme office, a list of which can be found HERE
It never hurts to have a chat with your Student Adviser, whose contact details can be found HERE
Final Bit of Advice:
Getting this far and completing an undergraduate degree is an achievement that anyone should be proud of. While the next few weeks *should* be filled with study and prep for your final exams, it’s always completely okay to take some time to yourself and enjoy your time in UCD. It’s also always okay to ask for help if you need it and to talk to someone. On behalf of UCDSU, good luck and have fun!