Our Employability Manager shares her tips on how to get ready for graduation and finding your dream job…
If you’re graduating this summer but haven’t got a job yet, don’t panic, it’s not too late to get yourself ready to WOW employers. You’ve studied hard and got a degree form a top uni – check! Now it’s time to figure out what you want to apply for, and how.
Here are Tori’s Top Tips for getting the most out of your Careers and Employability Centre, before you pack up and leave Cardiff.
Do your research
Have you explored Careers Central yet? Never heard of it? Okay, this is our online careers library, full to the brim with resources to help you get a job, find out more about what to do with your degree and get you ready to write show stopper applications for your chosen sector.
There are sections on:
- Advice A-Z: explore everything to do with your career choice. Topics include: CVs, assessment centres, postgraduate study, work experience, application forms and so much more
- Degree Subjects: Find out what you can do with your degree subject, lots of useful links and info to help you decide what you can do with your degree.
- Career A-Z: If you Know what career you would like to pursue, here you can find links to job sectors and start planning your career
- Work abroad: Ever thought about working abroad? The Work Abroad section has a range of useful links about working in a selection of countries plus we’ve subscribed to GoinGlobal so you can use this for your research
- Resources: Download our careers and employability booklets including topics such as CVs, application forms, interviews, assessment centres, getting work experience etc.
Get your CV ready to impress
Once you’ve graduated there is no doubt you’re going to need an up to date CV that showcases your talents and experiences. You could attend one of our workshops at 50 Park Place, then spruce yours and bring it back to 50 Park Place for a careers adviser to take a look at it for you. Make the most of this service (10 – 4 weekdays) whilst you’re still on campus!
Develop your employability skills
We have a programme of workshops running almost daily, once you’ve finished your exams or submitted all your coursework, make the most of these employability master classes and leave Uni with the skills to wow an employer.
Master classes include:
- CVs and Covering Letters
- Commercial Awareness
- Application Forms
- Interview Skills and more
(these sessions are also available in welsh, get in touch if you require the welsh medium).
Update your LinkedIn profile
As a first step, if you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, get one. You are graduating and becoming a professional, this is the network you need to be a part of. If you would like extra help with this, come to one of our LinkedIn Master classes.
Next, show recruiters and potential employers that you’re open for business by stating clearly in your headline and summary that you’re looking for graduate opportunities.
The more complete your profile, the more interesting it will be prospective employers, so take a few minutes to fill in each section to boost your chances of being ‘found’. Make sure you include a photo, this makes your profile up to 14 times more likely to be viewed.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any paid experience in your chosen field – few graduates do – include volunteering, academic skills and extracurricular activity to paint a picture of what you have to offer.
Still got no idea?
Log in to the intranet, search careers and book an appointment with a careers adviser through your careers account. The chances are, you may not have done this before. If you can’t fathom it (it really is easy though, look top right and there is a BOOK APPOINTMENT button), pop along to 50 Park Place for a 15 minute drop in with a careers adviser and let’s get you on track before you leave!
- DROP INs with a careers adviser take place weekdays 10 – 4, 2nd Floor, 50 Park Place.
- CAREERS CONSULTATIONS with your school careers adviser, daily. Bookable online via your careers account.
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Tori, Employability Manager
Careers & Employability Team
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