Making the most of your time at University

With so many things going on life at university can be very busy so it’s a good idea to plan and get the most out of your time here and to do the things which will help you develop the graduate attributes employers are looking for.


Get involved on campus – joining a student club, society or sports team will help you to build skills as well as make new friends and have new experiences.


Get a Part-Time Job – lots of our students have a part-time job alongside their studies, this isn’t just a great way of getting your hands on some extra cash but is also a chance to develop your skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and time management.


Get work or voluntary experience – employers look for graduates with experience and getting some work experience or doing some volunteering can be a great way not only to plug a gap on your CV but also to develop the kind of transferable skills employers want; and to test out career ideas you may have.


Reflect on and record your achievements – taking part in the Grad Edge Award will help you to reflect on the skills you have developed and learn how to present them to employers.


Explore your career options – The first year is the ideal time to start thinking about your career plans whilst you still have plenty of time to do research and plan work experience / volunteering.

  • If you don’t yet know what you want to do after your studies then use the Your Career page to help you consider your options, and in particular the tools on the What jobs suit me? page to find out more about yourself and the careers which may interest you.
  • Find out more about the options with your subject and access useful websites directly related to your course in the Subject Links section of our site.
  • If you’d really like to find out what makes you tick then you might want to complete a “Personality Insight” questionnaire, which you can find under Career Assessments in the “Interactive Employability Tools” section of Unilife Connect
  • Thinking about self employment or starting your own business? There are events and business surgeries throughout the term. Details on the Student Enterprise page.


Plan and prepare for placements in your second year – lots of graduate recruiters offer year out and / or summer placements for students between their second and final year. Most employers use these as an extended interview and will make graduate job offers before the end of the placement. Closing dates can be very early so it’s worth doing some research on your favourite employers to make sure you don’t miss their deadlines.

Apply for year out sandwich placements or summer placements – lots of graduate recruiters offer year out and / or summer placements for students between their second and final year. Most employers use these as an extended interview and will make graduate job offers before the end of the placement.


Explore your career options – If you haven’t already thought about it then now is the time to start thinking about your career plans.

  • If you don’t yet know what you want to do after your studies then use the Your Career page to help you consider your options, and in particular the tools on the What jobs suit me? page to find out more about yourself and the careers which may interest you.
  • Find out more about the options with your subject and access useful websites directly related to your course in the Subject Links section of our site.
  • If you’d really like to find out what makes you tick then you might want to complete a “Personality Insight” questionnaire, which you can find under Career Assessments in the “Interactive Employability Tools” section of Unilife Connect.
  • If you are considering postgraduate study after your current course then you might want to start doing your homework early to look at course options and possible funding.
  • Thinking about self employment or starting your own business? There are events and business surgeries throughout the term. Details on the Student Enterprise page.


Get work or voluntary experience – employers look for graduates with experience and getting some work experience or doing some volunteering can be a great way not only to plug a gap on your CV but also to develop the kind of transferable skills employers want; and to test out career ideas you may have.


Apply for graduate jobs – graduate recruiters start their recruitment early, opening applications for entry in summer 2016 right now.


Explore your career options – If you haven’t already thought about it then really is time to start thinking about your career plans.

  • If you don’t yet know what you want to do after your studies then use the Your Career page to help you consider your options, and in particular the tools on the What jobs suit me? page to find out more about yourself and the careers which may interest you.
  • Find out more about the options with your subject and access useful websites directly related to your course in the Subject Links section of our site.
  • If you’d really like to find out what makes you tick then you might want to complete a “Personality Insight” questionnaire, which you can find under Career Assessments in the “Interactive Employability Tools” section of Unilife Connect
  • Thinking about self employment or starting your own business? There are events and business surgeries throughout the term. Details on the Student Enterprise page.


Apply for postgraduate study or research options – some postgraduate courses can have early closing dates so make sure you know when they are.

  • Check out the Postgraduate Study section of our site to help you consider your options
  • If you are applying for Teacher Training then you’ll definitely want to book a place for a getting into teaching session.



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