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 particular 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.
plenty of options open to you. You could apply for a placement year, work
part-time around your studies, undertake volunteering or approach organisations
directly to negotiate short periods of work experience. Some organisations
offer paid internships over the summer or of one year’s duration.
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers a wide range of
Engaging in 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 develop
leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills and will gain experience of
meetings, handling funds, and society promotion
You may choose to join a society that is specifically linked to economics 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 interests.
and academic support
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.