It might seem early; before the pressures of essays, group work and exams kick in, now is the time to get on and see what’s out there. Find out now what you should be doing when. Having some idea or plan, however vague, will definitely help you when the work has kicked in and you’re thinking towards deadlines and exams or getting together your summer plans. Knowing you’ve got things going in the right direction will ease the pressure as the semester takes shape.
Here are four things you can do right away:
- Attend the Graduate job search workshop: What’s out there, where do you look, how do you apply? Week 1: Tues 11th Feb, 4.00 – 5.00 or Thurs 12 Feb, 4.00 – 5.00
- Make a one-to-one with a Careers Adviser and outline your plans, explore ideas or get support with something specific like a CV or graduate application form.
- Talk through your work experience with a work experience expert and look at what you can do to get ready for applying for graduate jobs and life after University.
- Get some excellent tips from graduates who have already been through it. Check out the Careers Service graduate case studies and read advice from Sheffield University Graduates. Take look at this blog from Guardian Careers: a professional shares the top 5 things she wishes she’d known about getting a graduate career when she was younger.
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“The best advice I could give is to try as much as you can while you're still at uni. I didn't always want to go into marketing but there was a job available there and luckily, it suited me. If you can leave uni having a rough idea of the industry you want to be in - and actually know what the job entails, i.e. get work experience, you will be on your way.” Hermione, Account Manager, graduated 2010