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.
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.
of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers
a wide range of volunteering opportunities
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 architecture such as Parcs 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.