Even though the end of your degree may feel like ages away, now is great time to start thinking about what you want to do after you graduate. You may already know and have your eyes set on your career, or maybe even your own business venture. Whatever your plans, make sure you have linked up with us in Careers and Employment. We offer so much free support and advice, from help with CV writing, self-development and upskilling right through to setting up your own business, we are right here to guide you.
So many graduates look back on their Assessment Centre Experience and tell us how it really prepared them for applying for jobs after Uni. So now is a great time to start looking back over your notes and refreshing your memory with the skills you learnt and the feedback you gathered from our assessors. What would you do differently now? Have you gained new skills that you could use as examples in interviews? Make a list of these and continue to add to them as you progress through your final year.
If you aren't already using Career Hub, start now! As well as the latest jobs and a huge resources section, you can also sign up to events, webinars and workshops all for free. They cover lots of different topics from how to create an effective LinkedIn profile, CV writing, interview preparation and much more. Log in and see what’s on offer.
If you are interested in starting a business or freelancing, we can give you the help and advice you need to get started - not only while you’re a student here but also up to three years after graduation too. I’d recommend getting involved in our weekly enterprise workshops, designed to support students like you with their enterprise journey. The Uni also has its very own Business Incubator providing you with access to flexible office space on campus.
flare ignite is the University’s competition to help students and alumni launch new businesses or come up with an innovative idea. It offers budding entrepreneurs support and training in areas such as writing a business proposal, and offers prize money to help bring ideas to life. With a range of enterprise workshops and advice sessions in areas such as: planning, finances, intellectual property and publicity, you’ll have plenty of support to turn your idea into reality.
Upskilling: LinkedIn Learning
If you're looking to add some extra skills to your CV, then LinkedIn Learning is a great website. LinkedIn Learning is an e-learning tool available for free to all University students. There is something for everyone, with over 5,000 expert-led video tutorials across a wide range of subjects, as well as bite-sized videos and searchable transcripts for immediate answers. You also get certificates for each course you complete that you can display on your LinkedIn profile.
With so much on offer it can be difficult to know where to start. But don’t let that put you off, we are here to help and want you to succeed, so either pop in and see us in Hutton Hub at College Lane, or give us a call on 01707 284791. We are always happy to chat!
Michael Chapman, Careers and Employment Team