Tori, our Employability Manager gives her top tips on what you should be doing this summer…
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the academic year – hoorah! Exams are over, you’ve studied hard and played hard(er?). But, what next? I’m a big fan of taking time out and switching off, but … (occupational hazard) … I encourage you and your fellow students to make the most of the summer. Take some time to think about your future and to take some small (and some bigger) steps to make your summer count.
Here are my top tips for making the most of your summer so you’re ready to get ahead in September:
- Relax – first of all, take some time for you. Do something you love. Book a holiday, see friends, family; enjoy yourself!
- Do some careers research – either online or face to face; research roles and companies you’re interested in. Some grad schemes open in July – this is your chance to get an early application in. Take the time over summer 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 50 Park Place and see your subject specific careers adviser. Get yourself application ready!
- 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 50 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. All traits recognised and valued by employers and look great on your CV.
- Book an appointment with Cardiff Careers – we are open all summer. 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 no longer in Cardiff, we can offer you Skype and telephone appointments. Just make a note of this when you book your appointment on your careers account.
Come and see us in Careers and Employability
Our team are available throughout the summer period, so please feel free to contact us or drop in at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus .
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Enjoy your holidays and we hope to see you at the Careers Centre in 50 Park Place soon!
Victoria Rees, Employability Manager
Careers & Employability
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