Here are some tips that you can put into action that will improve your chances of landing that graduate job. Start putting these suggestions into practical use from your very first day at university and you will develop your employability. It is never too late to get started on making yourself more employable.
Do you know what it is that you want to do?
Do you have a clear idea in terms of your career or is it still quite vague? You need to consider what it is that you want to do, what sector that you want to work in. If you don’t know then use a reflective tool like My Prospects and reflect on the results with a Careers Consultant. Or you can use the Self Awareness Moodle and its excellent resources.
Do your research on sector and companies
This is important as many recruiters feel that many students and graduates lack this knowledge, referred to as ‘commercial awareness’. You need to know what is out there and also who is out there. The idea is that you have as much information to help you see what suits you. You can explore job sectors here
Get work experience and get relevant work experience
All work experience is good but there is definitely some that is more desirable to a recruiter. So, yes do get part time work as this will help you but think about internships and if you can do a placement year then you will have some excellent experience that links to the area you want to work in. You can search information here
It is better to do ten focused applications than a hundred unfocused ones
It is quality rather than quantity every time. So rather than sending off non tailored CVs and covering letters create bespoke versions that give clear evidence to a recruiter to help. Attend the effective applications workshop and any other workshops that can help. Check My Advantage for details and get feedback from the Job Search Advisers and book here
Maintain Home networks whilst you are in the UK
Networking is important in the UK and at home so utilise those that you have and constantly develop new ones. It is worth joining LinkedIn if you are not already a member as this can help you make contacts and become a contact for others. Make sure you make your profile effective and professional. If you want to connect personalise your email to explain the benefits of connecting to you and why you want to contact to them. To help you use the Network Moodle
Practise your English Language skills at all times
If English isn’t your first language you can find your English skills can easily fall by the wayside if a lot of your friends are also from the same country as you and you find yourself sticking with them and speaking in your mother tongue. Try to use English daily and get the English experience as much as you can. It will strengthen your cultural awareness if you practice it regularly. A good resource
Get involved in extracurricular activities
Recruiters value the worth of such activity. So join the clubs and societies that interest you but be active in them! Ultimately it is important to balance your work with academic studies. Sometimes in the first year you can get carried away by the social aspect and it can be a shock at the end of the year! Find out about societies here
Additionally, there is the new The Careers Chat | Podcast on Spotify that is especially designed for international postgrads and do not forget to use Careers! There are many opportunities out there for International Students but it can be harder because of previous visa regulations and employers not being aware of the changes
Enjoy your time as a student.