It’s become the norm for young people in the UK to go to university, and attendance has reached an all-time high. This is certainly a positive thing, but with more people than ever becoming qualified the competition for jobs will get even tougher. If you’re a student then you should think about how best to utilise your time, as a degree these days will only get you so far, and recruiters are looking for much more from prospective employees. We’re here to give you some top tips on how to enhance your CV and maximise your time as a student.
If you don’t have the time to commit to a full time job, or even if you already have a full time job, volunteering is a great way to gain work experience. You’ll build communication skills, develop a positive work ethic, and depending on where you volunteer you might pick up some valuable skills. Above all else, a recruiter will appreciate you giving up your time to work, so volunteering will be a great addition to your CV.
There are a whole range of places in which you can volunteer, especially if you live in a town or city. For example, most animal shelters are crying out for help, and will gladly welcome volunteers for a few hours a week. As well as this, you can volunteer your time to a charity shop, which will provide some excellent transferable skills, such as effective communication, and team work.
There are many jobs which are considered to be student jobs, like waitressing, retail, or call centre positions. Working part time has many benefits, for one thing you’ll be earning some extra cash, which is always handy for a student! Not just that, you’ll gain valuable work experience, which will add to your CV and make you much more employable. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that work experience has to be the same as your desired position, any job will give you transferable skills, and will give you an advantage over your competition.
There are many workplaces that take on student interns part time or over summer. It’s especially important to remember that no one is going to hand you a position, so it’s up to you to go and get what you want. If there is a particular company you have your eye on, reach out to them and ask if you can intern a couple of days a week. They’ll appreciate your determination, and will certainly remember you when you apply for a position with them.
It’s not just work experience that will enhance your CV, there are many things you can do in your spare time that will get you noticed. For instance, writing a blog is an excellent way to gain experience, and it will certainly look fantastic on your CV. Some positions will even list blog writing as preferred experience, so it’s definitely a worthwhile pursuit.
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