How to boost your employability before graduation

University should be an exciting time in life and be enjoyed to the fullest. Graduation can seem a long way away, but it’s never too early to think about the future and build that foundation that will enable you to land that dream job you have in mind.

line of graduate scrolls tied with a red ribbonUniversity should be an exciting time in life and be enjoyed to the fullest. Graduation can seem a long way away, but it’s never too early to think about the future and build that foundation that will enable you to land that dream job you have in mind.

At Grovelands, we look for top calibre graduates when sourcing our candidates. However, a degree alone is no longer a guarantee as shown in this article by Dan Rosensweig, “A study released this week by Chegg, the Student Hub and the Harris Interactive found a substantial skill gap between students’ self-assessed readiness when entering the workforce and the skills employers actually want.”

While you’re in full time study, it can be hard to juggle all your commitments. However, a little work now to boost your CV could pay dividends later down the line.

Societies and extra-curricular activities

Societies are a great way to have fun and to meet new people, but are also very useful to have on your CV. For example, if you become the treasurer of your hockey team, it shows you have excellent teamwork skills, can meet deadlines and hold a position of responsibility. Being involved in a variety of societies can also show the spectrum of your interests and add character to your CV.

Saturday work and internships

While it may be tricky balancing full time study with a part time job, it shows that you are capable of managing your time effectively (something companies really look for) as well as showing initiative and learning transferable skills that will help you in the future workplace. If it is something relating to your future career or with a well established company, all the better and will help you increase your personal network.

Sandwich degrees

Sandwich degrees involve three years of study like a traditional Bachelors, but also a placement year working in the industry of your choosing. Essentially, the work experience is built in for you! It also provides a valuable way to build up a network of people in the industry which will prove useful further down the line. It is most certainly worth looking into if you have a career plan in place.

Graduate recruitment fairs

Once you have that career plan in place, it’s a good idea to research possible employers. Here at Grovelands, we regularly attend graduate recruitment fairs in order to meet potential associates face to face and it’s an opportunity for you to make that all important first impression. Make sure that you make the most of the opportunity; ensure you are dressed the part, have some CVs to hand out, and always behave in a professional manner as you could be meeting your future employer. My colleague, Jordan Turner, has written a blog which talks about graduate fairs in more detail.

Gap years

Travel is another way of enhancing a CV while also enjoying yourself. There are numerous things you can do to boost your CV; teaching English as a secondary language or working with a conservation project can teach you some valuable skills that could come in handy in the future. STA Travel is a good starting point with a lot of projects to look at, you may find yourself picking up skills you never would at home.

University should be seen as an investment: make the most of your time and money and use the opportunities available to you as well as having a good time. The experience that you gain could see you getting placed on a project with us at Grovelands at some point in the near future.

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