My journey in XAMK hasn’t been that long – started autumn 2016 and now graduating this month. I have been going full steem ahead, so now it is a good time to take a deep breath and start looking back: what are the valuable things I’ll be taking with me from this journey, what are my wise words for other students?
I have probably mentioned some of these already, either here or in XAMK’s Instagram, where I was a star for a week – one of the best weeks of my life, I now know how it feels to be a celebrity with maaany followers! But to the point: there are many great courses that are beneficial in my opinion to ALL students and those are: International Negotiations (was held by Sara Zabai) and Intercultural Issues in Finland (was held by Sara Zabai, Slaveya Hämäläinen and Hugh Clack). I highly recommend everyone to choose those courses – they teach you interesting things about not only others and other cultures, but also about YOURSELF.
Another thing to emphasize is networking. I used to think that networking is about getting to know as many people as possible, about being super social at all times and I saw it as something very tiring. Now I have learned that it doesn’t have to be anything forced. It just means that you should always keep your eyes open: even Tinder can be a place to get contacts, not just the romantic ones! So think outside the box, be active in social media, try to look for people that are interested about similar topics than you are. LinkedIn is a great place for easy networking and nowadays it is actually very important also when applying for jobs. so I suggest you go and create a LinkedIn profile asap! You can connect with me, too, if you want: www.linkedin.com/in/suvikarell/
Also, be active already during your studies – Insider and PatteriES will look good in your CV.
Go to exchange or get your practical training done in another country, there are many possibilities, the world is out there!