Your Career: 8 things to do during lockdown.

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Stay motivated during lockdown life by working through our 8 essential ‘career productivity’ pointers. 

Use the suggestions below to stay productive, boost your confidence, kick-start your career and prepare for your post-lockdown next move.

1.  Engage in some Self-Reflection. Take the GradEdge Pulse survey to get a personalised report recommending a range of career development learning activities. Transform your employability, and develop the USW Graduate Attributes by completing the GradEdge Employability Award.

2.  Brush up your CV. Take a look at our CV resources, which includes links to careers focussed websites like Prospects, take a look at the example CVs and Cover Letters, and how to create a video CV section. Check your CV using the online CV360 tool, or get your CV checked by an adviser, via a Skype Appointment or Ask a Question Service

3.  Focus on your Online Presence. Make the most of social media and professional networking platforms like LinkedIn.  Check out our forthcoming LinkedIn webinars. 

4.  Prepare for Online Interviews. Check out Target Jobs tips for Skype video and how to handle phone interviews, which are likely to replace face-to-face interviews in the short term. If you have an interview coming up book in for a Skype Mock Interview for some essential practice. 

5.  Build Commercial Awareness. Improve your commercial awareness (USW Graduate Attribute!), check out your course subject links and top up your industry knowledge

6.  Develop skills through online learning. There is a huge range of free online courses available currently, here are a few of our favourites - but there’s loads out there to choose from!

7.  Keep up to date. Log into Careers Connect, update your profile and sign up for weekly, or daily updates on all of the latest job opportunities, webinars and events. Whilst employers aren’t on campus they are engaging in different ways including online events, virtual careers fairs and via other innovative technologically enhanced methods, so keep an eye out! 

8. Be Enterprising & develop your ideas.  If you have an idea, you want to test or spotted a business opportunity, now is the time to start planning and doing.  Book a 1-2-1 appointment via Skype to get you started. Look out for events such as the Summer Start-up Week and BID.  

Enterprise Nation lunch and learn sessions.

Stay in touch – if you are a student, about to graduate or USW Graduate and you need some careers advice or guidance or are anxious about how COVID-19 could affect your career journey or opportunities please get in touch

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