Gain work experience
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 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 maritime business, such as the highly active Shipping
Society, 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.