Here we are again, heading towards the end of April and May upon us with another year in college completed. It may be your first year or your last year, but whatever year it is, congratulations to you if you have stayed the course, sat the exams, completed them and feel confident of having done well. Final year examinations are about to start / have started in most Third Level academic institutions, while Second Level students are still waiting anxiously for June to arrive (only six weeks away now).

You are now in study mode. The knowledge has been given, shared and sourced. It is now time to reflect on everything you have learned and be able to find the energy to remember what you have learned and be able to articulate it on paper. It is not easy! Don’t regret not putting in the work on this the final hurdle.

With the examinations out of the way, you probably do not want to see a book or a laptop again and this I understand. Before starting your summer vacation or a summer job or indeed a full-time job, clear the desk! If it is your final year, try to find the time and motivation to transition from academia to job-hunting to employment by carefully and neatly stowing everything away. If you return to college again in autumn, think about what you need to do, prepare for now, so that the preparations are easier later.

Transitioning from education to holidays to employment can be difficult and energy-sapping. Think about what you have done, are doing and have to do. Get mindful and feel the transition, enjoy it and look forward to what the coming days, weeks and months can bring to you. If you are one of the 1000’s of Leaving Certificate students siting the exam this year, keep going, work as hard as you can and it will all be so worth it…well done…!