There are loads of opportunities to get ahead with your career planning once you get to university. It might seem like a long way off yet but the sooner you start getting an idea of what might be helpful to do in order to get a job the better!
Every university has a careers service which you can make use of as a student there. They are really useful as they can offer you a range of services. They employ a team of staff who are purely dedicated to providing advice on careers no matter what subject you are studying, so it’s really worth going to see them!
The careers team can help in lots of different ways. Here are just some of the services they offer:
• Careers advisers can provide you with help to work out what you want to do, and they’re a really good place to start if you are unsure. On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want to do when you graduate they can also provide specific advice for that profession
• They can help you organise work experience to put on your CV in order to help you stand out when applying for jobs
• They organise many events, ranging from careers fairs where lots of employers are represented, workshops to help you prepare for the world of work and presentations by individual employers
• When you come to apply for jobs, they can provide advice on writing a stand out CV and can arrange interview preparation sessions for you
There are a variety of ways you can access the careers centre. The best thing to do is go in and see them and they will be able to advise you on the kind of appointments you can make. Sometimes they run drop-in sessions, and sometimes it might be better to make an appointment. It is always handy to take any application forms or versions of your CV if you are working on them, and some questions to ask if you are just going in for advice.
Below is a list of the careers websites of all of the RO universities: