Choosing and attaining your career once you have completed your undergraduate degree is an essential part of your time at university and beyond...
You should give considerable thought to this as early as possible in your studies.
Identify your skills and think about what you can offer a potential employer. You already have a unique set of skills and attributes, which are a result of your personality, your studies and your work experience. Don't forget your hobbies, interests and any clubs or organisations you belong to outside your degree.
Consider the transferable skills that you can build on to increase your employability, such as:
Your degree will help you to develop these employability skills, as will work experience and volunteering. More than one-third of jobs for new graduates are taken by individuals who have already undertaken work experience with that employer, according to the Graduate Market in 2012 report from High Fliers Research.
Explore whether your university offers a Skills Certificate, which you could take alongside your degree. Not only will this develop your skills, it will also boost your job applications.
Remember that, while work experience may be hard to find, volunteering work is not. Your careers service can advise you on a range of opportunities that will aid skill development.
For additional help in identifying your skills, ask your careers service, who will have tools, including psychometric tests.
Job hunting can take time and hard work. Don't be surprised if you do not find the perfect job straight away. It may take several months, so you need to be proactive and stay motivated.
You will need to focus your search and consider the sector in which you wish to work (public, private or charitable), the type of employer that will suit you (large organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), self-employment) and your preferred location. Make the most of your time by using job hunting as a guide.
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