When you’re at university, you live in the moment, only really thinking about studying and partying. Whilst these are two main aspects of university life, there is so much more you can be doing. Things that can enhance your university experience and contribute to your graduate life.
So many people finish their degree these days with a piece of paper to prove they are educated but no clue what to do or any experience to back them up. It is important during university to think about the future and what life holds once your course is finished.
What can you be doing to boost your CV and improve your job chances? Here are 10 simple ideas to do just that…
1. Get a part-time job
Writing essays and doing coursework can be a stressful time so why would you want to add a job into that stress which will take up your valuable time?
When you think about it though, you don’t spend 24 hours a day studying and I bet procrastination is a problem. Instead of spending time in bed watching Netflix, why not get a part-time job for a few hours a week?
This will provide job experience to add to your CV whilst also gaining you extra money for night’s out. I went to university with a lot of people who had never had a job and the lack of experience made it harder for them to gain something after their degree.
2. Join societies
Universities have a great selection of student societies. No matter what you are interested in, there will be something for you. It is a great way to enjoy your hobbies or learn something new whilst also meeting new people at your university.
Being able to put that you were part of a student society shows that you are sociable, interactive and have a good life balance.
Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV and will help you stand out from other CV’s. It shows you are helpful, caring and understanding with great time management skills.
You will also get a lot more out of volunteering than just a need to put it on your CV as volunteering is a rewarding experience. The people you volunteer for will always be grateful of your work and assistance whilst there is a great feeling of accomplishment when you do a good deed.
4. Write for the student newspaper/student blog
Even if you’re not a writer, writing for the student newspaper or blog shows that you have an opinion. Opinions are great in the working world, it shows that you have your head screwed on and you’re able to think for yourself.
The majority of careers involve some sort of writing, even if it is just emails or reports. Even if you only contribute once or twice, it displays your writing skills.
5. Take a gap year travelling/study a semester abroad
Travel will always boost your CV. Spending time abroad whether it be living, working or studying is a life changer. You will find you develop so much as a person and your eyes are opened up to the world.
Being able to put this on your CV shows that you have multi-cultural experiences you could draw upon.
6. Work experience/internships
This one is a bit of an obvious one because work experience gives you… work experience. So many jobs these days want to see experience before they even consider you for an interview. Even if your experience is unpaid, it is still experience.
Any event which relates to your area of study is fantastic to attend. You can introduce yourself to so many industry professionals and if you make a good impression, they may call on you for future work. Professionals like networking and if you can put down on your CV that you have attended networking events, this will look great.
8. Join the students’ union
The student union do a wide variety of different things so there will be a role for you in it. From running the student social media to launching a campaign or even organising bake sales, it is all something you are contributing to your university and something you can put on your CV.
9. Learn a language
Universities often have free language courses which take up minimal time in your week. You usually have a 2 hour session per week and it’s enough to give you the basics and hold conversation.
Even though you won’t become fluent through these courses, basic language skills will really brighten a CV.
10. Start a blog
Blogging shows that you are dedicated to your interests and are passionate about something. Employers will see this and feel that you will have the same attitude towards work.
It also shows again that you have writing and time management skills along with IT skills which are needed in pretty much any profession these days
The more you have of interest on the CV, the more interested prospective employers will be in you. The job market is tough to get into so you may as well give yourself a head start and put yourself above the competition with these useful tips!