Written by Emma Naylor, Student Engagement and Enterprise Assistant at the Careers Service
Now that Semester 2 is officially finished, you definitely deserve a break! But with over 3 months to fill, why not use the summer to prepare for your future? The Careers Service is here to help you make the most of your time at University and we offer a range of services that can help you get career focused. Throughout summer, all of our services will continue and here are some ways that you can stay career focused.
Reflect on the past year
This year has been a year of uncertainty with lots of studying from home, so take this summer to reflect on what you have learnt. The skills you have gained through studying remotely will help shape your future and it’s important to reflect on such experiences. Check out our transferable skills webpage and explore our which career page to get guidance on how to use your skillset to look for part-time jobs, grad schemes and more.
If you do have some free time over summer, why not take up some online courses? Check out a range information about what’s available.
Refresh your CV
Summer is a great time to update your CV and make it stand out in a competitive job market. CareerSet is our CV Checker that is open to students and graduates, available 24/7! You can upload your existing CV or use the online resources to draft your first CV and receive instant personalised feedback.
For more info, visit our website.
Look for a part-time opportunity
Have you thought about looking for something to do in your spare time? Part time opportunities are a great way to gain new skills and you may even get the chance to earn some money! Look on CareerConnect , the Students’ Union Job Shop and the Volunteer Hub to find a range of opportunities.
CareerConnect is the student and alumni careers portal for the University. It’s where you will find all things career related. Over summer, make sure you login to your account to search for opportunities, get career advice and much more.
Not sure how CareerConnect works? Visit our website to get information on how to access your account.
Prepare for upcoming or future interviews
Online and phone interviews have become common practice since the pandemic and they are most likely to continue, so it’s important that you are comfortable with this medium. To help you enhance your online etiquette and prepare for an online interview, why not try out Shortlist.Me! It’s an interview preparation platform which helps you practice a range of different careers and recruiter video interviews. The resource is available 24/7 and you can access it whenever it suits you.
Update your online presence
LinkedIn is a great way to create an online professional presence and develop your network by making connections. Over summer, why not work on your online profile? Make sure you visit our website to find guidance on how to use the platform. You can also check out our LinkedIn YouTube playlist for further advice – a good session to begin with is the build your profile workshop.
Don’t forget about our YouTube! We understand that this year has been intense, and you may have missed some career workshops. Not to worry – all recorded sessions are available on our YouTube channel and the summer is a great time to catch up. Navigate through playlists for resources on CV advice, interview practice, placements, networking and much more.
Connect with your Careers Service
It’s important to remember that everyone is at different stages in their career and that’s okay! We can help you whatever stage you are at. If you want further career advice, book a one-to-one online appointment on CareerConnect with a Careers Consultant to discuss your options. We have a range of appointments available including application review appointments and career guidance appointments with specialised Careers Consultants.