This year the focus will be on doing well at school and figuring out a career you'd like that is realistically attainable. Our research shows that the number one differentiator between successful and unsuccessful job applications, even more important than grades, is relevant extracurricular experience. That's why you'll have to work with your mentor to build the required skills and experience needed a great career. 

 
 

September

Developing a Study Plan - Success rarely occurs through accident or good fortune. It takes time, planning and dedication. This is particularly so when it comes to achieving your academic goals. Also, earning good grades will impact positively on the achievement of your career goals. Hence, the need for a study plan. To develop a study plan that works for you, you’d have to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks below.

Tasks:

  1. Navigate the study planner templates from GoConqr. Click here to access GoConqr.

  2. Determine your academic goals for the year. Do so by determining the courses you’d have to take and the subjects that are important to achieve your dream career.

  3. Complete this test to find out what type of learner you are.

  4. Develop a study plan. The plan should be based on your academic goals and your study style.

Student Deliverable:

  • Study plan

  • Feedback form


October

Mapping a Career Path - This is the start of your senior year at school and the beginning of your journey towards a great career. The way you manage your career path is defined by the decisions you make and the actions you take on a daily basis. Each decision and every action must be focused on the primary areas that will help you gain access to opportunities to advance your career prospects. The first step however would be for you to determine a career path and create a plan for it. To achieve this, you would have to work closely with your mentor to;

Tasks:

  1. Learn the basics of mapping your career path. Click here.

  2. Gather information about your interests and abilities as well as your work values and personal preferences. 

  3. Write a personal profile that would reflect the information you gathered regarding your interests, abilities and values. 

  4. Determine your career goals. This includes what you ambition to become and how you hope to achieve it.

  5. Develop a career plan (This Career Plan Template will help you).

Student Deliverable:

  • Career Plan

  • Feedback form


November

Preparing for First Semester Examinations- Even as you get ready for a transition into the world of work, your academics should remain your priority. There are doors great grades can open and you definitely want to leverage on that. This month therefore, you’d be focusing on doing all you can to ace your examinations. You’d be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks below.

Tasks:

  1. Take a critical look at your performance this semester. How often did you attend classes? How well did you do in quizzes and assignments?

  2. Based on the feedback from your thoughts, write out a short statement on how well you are likely to do in the coming exams without extra effort.

  3. Take a look at the statement you wrote down. Are you likely to do well in the coming examinations? If yes, write down five ways you hope to do better (Move form an anticipated B+ to an A). If no, write down five ways you hope to make up for lost time and missed opportunities in the upcoming examinations.

  4. Based on the statement you wrote and the points for improvement, develop a plan to ace your coming examination.

  5. Follow this guide to create a study schedule for yourself.

Student Deliverable:

  • Study Schedule

  • Feedback form


January

Building Strategic Relationships - You are in your third year at the university and finding a great company to undertake your industrial attachment/ internship is topmost on your mind. While it would be great to sit behind your laptop searching for internship opportunities on the internet. You increase your chance of landing an internship with your dream company if you step out and start to reach out more often. To this end, you’d be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn six strategies for building the relationships that you need to succeed. Click here.

  2. Reach out to your mentor and ask to have a chat/ discussion about their experience and how they landed their internship positions while in school as well as their jobs.

  3. Reach out to a professor you admire in your department in school and ask to have a discussion about your preferred industry and how you can secure an internship position with companies you admire.

  4. Write out your key findings from both interviews.

  5. Create a plan on how you hope to use your findings to secure an internship position for the summer.

Student Deliverable:

  • A Workable Plan to Secure Internship Position.

  • Feedback form


February

Finding an Internship Placement - The experiences you gain from internships go a long way in helping you land a great job after graduation. These internships do not just come, you need to be prepared for them. You need to be on the lookout for opportunities and let the people around you know that you are on the lookout for an internship opportunity. Beyond looking out for opportunities, you’ve got to be bold enough to reach out to your favourite companies and ask for an opportunity to intern with them. Hence, you’d be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the following tasks.

Tasks:

  1. Create a complete profile on LinkedIn.  Include your education and all jobs and extracurricular experience you have. Don't be too modest! Add a description of your ambitions to the top of your profile. Connect with your fellow students, professors, family and all Brighter Investment employees to start building your network.

  2. Identify internship opportunities. You can achieve this through your professors, mentor, friends, the internet and previously started strategic relationships. Write your resume and tailor it to every specific opportunity.

  3. Write cover letters and tweak your resume for each internship opportunity. Here are some resources on resume and cover letter writing that may be helpful.

  4. Submit your cover letter and resume to identified organizations. Be sure to get a contact for follow ups.

  5. Follow up to inquire if they are interested in meeting you and would like to schedule an interview.

Student Deliverable:

  • One version of your resume and a cover letter

  • Feedback form


March

Applying for Internship - Every university student wants to find an internship that will make them stand out in the competitive job market after graduation. Such internship opportunities do not come by wishful thinking. You’ve got to get out there and put yourself out there in a way that hiring managers would see you as someone worth having on their team. To this end, you’d be required to work closely with your mentor to accomplish the tasks below.

Tasks:

  1. Learn about how to land your dream internship. Click here.

  2. Identify companies you’d be happy to intern with.

  3. Send out cover letters and resumes to identified companies. You can get some tips here. You can also read up on Oxford's Guide for internships here.

  4. Conduct informational interviews with individuals in the company/ the industry as a whole. Click here for ideas.

Student Deliverable:

  • Internship Application Log.

  • Feedback form


May

Preparing for Second Semester Examinations- This happens to be your last examination for the academic year and you can have bragging rights on being a senior in all ramifications. We bet you’d want to make this examination one of the very best. This month therefore, you’d be focusing on doing all you can to ace your examinations. To achieve this you’d be required to work closely with your mentor to do the following;

Tasks:

  1. Take a critical look at your performance this semester. How often did you attend classes? How well did you do in quizzes and assignments?

  2. Based on the feedback from your thoughts, write out a short statement on how well you are likely to do in the coming exams without extra effort.

  3. Take a look at the statement you wrote down. Are you likely to do well in the coming examinations? If yes, write down five ways you hope to do better (Move form an anticipated B+ to an A). If no, write down five ways you hope to make up for lost time and missed opportunities in the upcoming examinations.

  4. Based on the statement you wrote and the points for improvement, develop a plan to ace your coming examination.

  5. If project work has taken up all your time and you believe you have very little time to study for your examinations. Click here to try these tips.

Student Deliverable:

  • Study Schedule

  • Feedback form


June

Internship - Doing your internship may be a new experience and you might face new challenges and would require guidance from your mentor to make the most of this period. Be sure to discus your daily tasks with your mentor as well as any problems you may face or worries you may have. Also make sure that you have a personal log book where you fill in your daily activities as well as questions you’d like answered or observations you’ve made. Discus these with your supervisor at work and your mentor and be sure to log in the responses you get to questions and clarifications made on your observations. The goal is to make your time interning an active learning period where you gain as much as you can.

Resources:

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Starting your Internship.

  2. Five Ways to Get Hired After your Internship.

  3. How to Master your Internship.

Student deliverable:

  • Personal Log Book.

  • Feedback form


August

Introspection and Reflection - After a long year, it would be great to take some time off to analyze how the year went and plan for the upcoming year. Be sure to work with your mentor to take stock of the year. This would include all activities undertaken including successes and failures. Together with your mentor, be sure to work on the tasks below.

Tasks:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how well did you do. Rate yourself.

  2. Write out what did you do well this year that you are happy with yourself for?

  3. Write out what didn’t you do well this year?

  4. Write out how you hope to make next year better?

Student Deliverable:

  • Report on Introspection