Summer, summer, summertime…

…time to sit back and unwind??!!

By all means take some time to chill out, but sorting out an action plan for your summer break to build up your CV could be the key to getting the graduate job you want.

Graduating may seem a long way off, but any effort you make during this summer break will pay off in the long run.

Here are seven steps to future career success that you can take this summer!

  • Get your CV up to scratch! The Careers and Employability service is open all summer and you can drop in between 10.30-12.30 and 2-4 every day to get your CV checked. The Careers Award on Moodle takes 10-12 hours and will help you produce a top class graduate CV, covering letter and application form. This can increase your chances of getting a graduate job and earn Employability Points!
  • If you are unsure about your career path, then book an appointment with one of the CES Careers Advisers (also via the telephone). Careers Advisers are also around all summer long too!
  • Apply for a career-related summer internship. If you are successful in getting one, this can give your job prospects a massive boost and the edge over other applicants. Good sites to look at include E4S, Gradcracker, RateMyPlacement and Studentladder.
  • Apply speculatively to companies asking for career-related work experience. This will usually be unpaid, but can be a great way to get a foot in the door of your ideal organisation and real experience of your chosen career. Don’t discount smaller companies either! When approaching companies you will need to be clear on what you are asking for and make sure you send a CV and covering letter. The CES offers bursaries to help cover travel expenses if your work experience is unpaid, so you can still take full benefit of the chance to gain experience.
  • Get a part-time job. Even if it is not related to your future career, you will be able to earn money and still gain transferable skills such as teamwork, communications skills, dealing with people and working under pressure. Try the Kent Union Jobshop or look in your local area if you are going home.
  • Volunteer!!!! This is a great way to get experience and do something worthwhile at the same time. Employers view volunteering extremely positively and if you don’t have any work experience on your CV it can be easier to secure volunteering than a part time job. Try these websites http://www.kentunion.co.uk/activities/volunteering/ , http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/volunteering and https://do-it.org/ .
  • Plan how to maximise your University experience in your second year. Consider joining a University sports team or society, perhaps taking on a committee role. Look into being a student rep for your course, academic school or faculty or a student ambassador.

Don’t forget to make the most of your time off and wow future employers!

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