work experience in your first and second years will help you stand out from the
crowd when the time comes for you to complete applications for graduate
employment and further study. Work experience develops valuable skills and
qualities that employers are looking for and is essential for many roles.
It can also help you to confirm or rule out career choices. Furthermore,
experience in the workplace can bring you into contact with people who may be
able to assist you at the beginning of your career.
want to acquire experiences that immerse you within commercial environments where
you are exposed to business functions and operations. With so many businesses
to choose from, decide which industry/sector you want to work in and then find a
relatable business to acquire experience from. This could be through a part time
role whilst studying, or you could apply for a placement year. Alternatively,
you could approach organisations directly to negotiate short periods of work
experience. Some organisations offer paid internships over the summer or for
one year’s duration.
Clubs and Societies
a sport or society shows employers you are engaged and seek out opportunities,
it also helps you improve your teamwork, communication and negotiation skills.
Committee members can develop leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills
and will gain experience of meetings, handling funds, and society/club
choose to join a society that is
specifically linked to your degree or take the opportunity to explore the huge
range of clubs, societies and sports, all of which can
help you to broaden your horizons and explore new
Tutor and academic
Your tutor and
other academic staff are an excellent source of support for your career
development. They will have experience and contacts across industry and
academia, so do approach them for advice and insights into careers you are
considering. Your tutor will ultimately be writing references for your
employment or further study applications, therefore establishing a positive
relationship with this person is invaluable.