Tori Rees, our Employability Manager, gives you some ideas for how to make the most of your Christmas holidays and start boosting your employability skills whilst you’re off campus…
Fresher’s is a distant memory and you’re going home to enjoy some festive drinks with school friends and reminisce about term 1 of 16-17 – hoorah! Exams and deadlines are imminent, you’ve got studying to do (with mince pies in hand), but is there anything else to do whilst you’re out of Cardiff for a month….?
Here are our top tips for making the most of your Christmas break so you’re ready to get ahead in January:
- Relax – First of all, take some time for you. Enjoy being home, with friends and family. Enjoy yourself!
- Do some careers research – either online or face to face; research roles and companies you’re interested in. Some grad schemes are still open, lots of internships and summer placements remain open – this is your chance to get an application in. Take the time over Christmas break to find answers to questions that will help you learn more about your chosen sector. Try approaching Cardiff University alumni via LinkedIn or come in to 51a Park Place and see your subject specific careers adviser. Get yourself application ready! (Remember we are closed 23/12/2016 – 03/01/2017)
- Get work experience – whether you are engaged in paid or voluntary work during the holidays, it is a great use of your time to gain some transferable skills, some relevant experience or just to begin to show a sector preference. It’s also a great addition to your CV ready for graduate job hunting. But, right now, you need to get your CV ready to approach employers about arranging this experience. If you don’t have anything planned, get in touch with our work experience team. If you need help with your CV, interview skills or the application process, come to 51a Park Place and see a careers adviser. 1-4pm daily.
- Volunteer – just as with other work experience opportunities, volunteering can give you great transferable skills, open up your networks and make you feel as though you are contributing to your local community – there are lots of opportunities over Christmas. All skills obtained will be recognised and valued by employers, plus it will look great on your CV.
- Book an appointment for careers advice and guidance – we’re open during the holidays! You can book an appointment with the careers adviser from your academic school, or you can just drop in 1-4pm weekdays and have a 15 minute consultation with one of the team. If you are not in Cardiff until exams, we can offer you Skype and telephone appointments. Just make a note of this when you book your appointment on your careers account.
Enjoy your well-deserved break and we hope to see you in the New Year!
Nadolig Llawen a Blwydden Newydd Dda / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tori, Employability Manager, Careers & Employability Team.
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