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It’s important to make the most of your time at university to ensure you have well-developed knowledge and skills, along with a range of additional experiences, capabilities and contacts to ensure you are a competitive candidate for jobs.
We’ve identified three stages to your studies and come up with several suggestions to make the most of your time:
- Iron out any course problems as early as possible. You can find free assistance available from your faculty staff, career consultation, personal counselling and U:PASS programs. HELPS can assist with academic writing and communication needs.
- Connect with other students by joining one or more clubs and societies to build your interpersonal and communication skills. Try to find a good balance between study, leisure activities and any paid work you might be doing. Employers like to see engagement in all three areas on your resume.
- Find a part time job to build understanding of the workplace and gain referees.
- Volunteering is also viewed favourably by employers.
- Draft a resume and have it checked.
- Explore career options for your area of study.
- Engage in some reflective self-assessment to identify your interest, skills and values and start building a professional profile. These underpin career decision making and will help you identify the work you want to do.
- Choose a major or electives for your degree, if required.
- Utilise the resources of the Careers Service including career consultation.
- Clarify discipline specific and transferable skills you have that can be promoted to an employer with evidence of where you’ve used them.
- Gain feedback on your strengths and weaknesses from a range of sources, including fellow students, your lecturers, parents and former employers.
- Develop your information interviewing or networking skills to gain further information about areas of career interest and opportunities.
- Attend the Resume Review workshop and refine your resume.
- Apply for degree-relevant internships and vacation work to enable application of learning and skills.
- Maintain good results in your studies and good relationships with lecturers and tutors who may become referees.
- Research and develop contacts and connections in your field of interest.
- Attend the Internship and Volunteering Fair, Careers Fair and review websites of employers of interest.
- Prepare for the Campus Recruitment Program.
- Decide on graduate roles of interest. If you are still unsure, make an appointment for career consultation to assist you in your decision-making.
- Undertake detailed website research on employers of interest particularly those recruiting on campus.
- Prepare appropriate questions for employers at careers Fair and other networking events.
- Ensure that your resume, letter or online application responses are well developed and targeted to graduate employers of interest.
- Continue to build and refine your e-portfolio (resume, letters of application, examples of relevant skills and achievements, examples of work, references and any other documentation that might be relevant).
- Approach employers of interest who do not recruit on campus.
- Use networks including professional associations to find graduate work or internships.
- Attend workshops on job search, interview skills and assessment centres.
- Consider postgraduate studies, if appropriate.