Undertaking 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.
You have 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
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
may choose to join a society that is specifically linked to accounting,
finance and 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.
Tutor and academic support
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.