Here Comes the Summer

light at endFor most of you, you’ve reached the end of another year. Exams are over and a lovely long break stretches ahead. Even Masters students beavering away on their dissertations can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you are sorted with internships, work experience, travel or work then you will be feeling positive and upbeat. But if you’ve got to this point and not sure what is coming next then don’t panic – take a read of the post below and see if some of it is useful to help you start to plan your next steps.

Come in to the Careers Service

  • The Service is open throughout the summer and you can drop in to the Third Floor main library centre and speak to one of our Information Advisers on the Helpdesk if you have an ad-hoc query. if you want to talk over your plans and discuss your way forward you can book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants. You don’t need to be on campus – we can arrange the appointment by Skype.
  • Give your CV an overhaul. A Careers Consultant can help you develop, re-package and refine your CV. Give yourself a head start by using our CV Resources
  • See our website for details of opening hours.

Build your online profile

  • One third of employers use social media to recruit. It’s unlikely that social media will replace traditional selection methods to shortlist (& reject!) candidates, but it does give you another platform to ‘sell yourself’. Application forms are pretty standard and don’t allow much room for creativity and individuality, so if you’re looking to stand out….
  • You can also harness social media to support your job search – Job Hunting and Social Media

Manage your job feeds and news alerts

  • Start with our own vacancies database on MyCareerHub. If you want to receive targeted news about graduate jobs, work experience and internships you can complete the preferences section to allow us to tailor the information to suit you.
  • Make use of established job portals like Milkround and TARGETjobs. They’ve got a wide reach and cover all the major sectors. If you’re still hoping to secure a graduate job this summer, then you can check their upcoming deadlines to see what’s available. Check out regional sources such as ScotGrad placements.
  • Have you subscribed to industry/sector news feeds? Are you following the right people (and companies) on Twitter….?

Develop your commerical awareness

  • All graduates are expected to have some of this! Commercial awareness is one of the Top 10 skills that’ll get you a job when you graduate.
  • Practical experience is best. Internships, work placements and volunteering can all expose you to the commerical realities of running a business or organisation. If you haven’t got any work experience lined up this summer try to find a part time job. It might not what you want long-term but you can learn a lot from working in shops, bars and call centres. Check out e4SJustJobs4Students to see what’s available in your area.

Do something different

  • business surfRecruiters are impressed by students who demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude. You’ve got some time- lucky you! – use it to stretch yourself and maybe have some fun at the same time. Cultivate a new interest, get some volunteering work, develop a skill,  start a blog or enrol on a free course – have a look at Future Learn or Open Learn.
  • Be prepared to have a go. It can be a real confidence boost to step outside of your comfort zone, and when it comes to job interviews, you’ll have plenty to say.
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