While you are a student, you will probably be completely focused on your studies and social life. There’s nothing wrong about this of course - after all, it’s all what being a student is about - but there is something else that should never be too far from your mind too: your job prospects once you graduate. These days, job hunting is extremely competitive. The job market hasn’t fully recovered since the credit crash way back in 2007 and, as a result, there still aren’t a whole load of jobs around. So, you need to make sure that you are as attractive to future employers as possible.
There are some ways to improve your job prospects while you are still studying and, don’t worry, they won’t take up all your time! You’ll still be able to focus on your studies and social life.
Here are some great ideas to get you started.
Get A Job
One of the best ways to improve your future job prospects is to get a part-time job. You don’t have to look for one in the same industry that you want to eventually end up in - a simple weekend job as a waitress or in a bar will be enough to help you improve key skills. For example, this kind of work if fantastic for your customer service skills, and it will also get you used to handling money, both of which are important in the adult working world. Just make sure that your job isn’t so demanding that it starts to take time away from your studies. They are why you are at university, after all, and so should be your number one priority.
Join Societies And Clubs
It’s also a good idea to take some time to join some societies and clubs that interest you. You will have a chance to do this while you are wandering around the fresher’s fair. Not only are these great places to meet new friends, but they can help you gain new skills and will always look good on your CV. For instance, if you want to become a journalist, it’s a good idea to join the university newspaper. It’s a good idea to try and rise up the ranks and get a leadership role - most clubs and societies require a new president every year!
Take Some Online Courses
If you find that you have quite a bit of spare time while you are at college or studying, there isn’t much point simply bingeing your favourite TV show on Netflix. You might as well be putting all of that spare time to good use. There are lots of training courses online at affordable prices that can teach you some really necessary skills for your future workplace. Many of these courses will provide you with a certificate at the end so that you have evidence of doing it, and it’s also worth mentioning them on your CV.
Do A Semester Abroad
Lots of universities give their students the chance to spend a semester abroad at a foreign university. In fact, sometimes it’s possible to do an entire year abroad! You will still have to study while you are abroad, you’ll just be doing all your lectures and seminars at the university at your destination. There are loads of reasons why you will benefit from going abroad to do your studies. For instance, you will get the chance to see a new culture and society and spend some time travelling around to explore. If you are studying a foreign language, it’s also a great way to practice your grammar and vocabulary. But one of the main advantages of studying abroad is that it will look absolutely fantastic to your future employers. Lots of employers now look for employees who are very adaptable and able to get on with a variety of personalities in the team. By going abroad, you’ve already shown that you can adapt to a new situation and are able to get to work with people from all over the world!
You will find that there are lots of different events hosted by various companies and career fairs at university. It’s important that you go to as many of these as possible so that you can meet people who are already working in your ideal industry. Getting to know people who already work at companies is a good way to get your foot in the door. If you do apply for a job at one of these companies after you graduate, someone might recognise your name on the application. If they already have a good impression of you, and know how keen you are to work there, then it could really help your chances of landing your dream job. So, don’t just sit in your room all the time - get out there and network!
Don’t Forget About Your Studies
As you can see, there are a lot of different ways you can improve your job prospects while you are still a student. Just make sure that you don’t focus on these instead of your degree! After all, if you fail to get the results you need in your degree, then there is no way you will bag your dream job, no matter how many of the above steps you carry out. As long as you leave yourself plenty of time to complete all of your coursework and study for your exams, then you should do alright in your studies. If you do find that you are spending too much time on one of the above steps, it’s a good idea to take a step back so that you can refocus all of your efforts onto your studies.
So, there you have it. You don’t have to wait until after you have graduated to start to make yourself attractive to future employers. As long as you carry out at least a couple of the ideas mentioned above, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to get a job after graduating.