Hey guys:) hope you’ve all had a good week! Mine’s been pretty full on – I have started applying for jobs for my work placement year (1 year break from Uni where I go to work before final year) and so that has taken up quite a bit of time, even had to do some entrance exams! All very exciting though if I’m honest!
So with that in mind I thought it would be a good time for me to blog about employability through the University of Glamorgan – how they can help you towards your final goal, because after all, that’s why we all gain a degree!
Some of you may be interested in doing a work placement year (otherwise known as a Sandwich degree) just like I’m doing. That will depend on your chosen course for studying, so if you aren’t sure whether its an option, check the prospectus or leave me a message and I can find out & let you know. Others of you may simply be focusing on how the Uni can help you get a job at the end of your degree here.
Well firstly, we have a dedicated Careers service which is accessible to all students here. They provide various services which can be extremely helpful such as job advice, help with CV, mock interviews and other general advice. You can book online appointments and simply go in and see them for a one on one meeting. They also have facilities to help you prepare for application tests, much like the ones I’ve done. That means if the employer wants to test you on verbal reasoning for example, you can come into the Careers office and do practice tests in order to prepare for the real thing, which can be of massive benefit and really improve your personal best.
Throughout the year, the University also holds careers events, where they invite large numbers of companies in and you can go round the various stalls to pick up brochures, speak to members of staff and work out if you might be interested in the opportunities that organisation has to offer. They do this for various different subjects, so for example, I am going to a careers event in 2 weeks time and all 50 companies there will be IT related.
All the lecturers here at the Uni are experts in their fields and so for that reason, a lot of them have good contacts with industry. This too can be a big help, because the company may well have preferences to employ from this university because they know the calibre of graduate will be good. Of course, this doesn’t limit you. If you have contacts then you can make the most of these too when looking for job opportunities!
So in essence, there are lots of services and helpful events which run throughout the duration of your degree to help you find the right type of job you are looking for:) anyone got any cool job aspirations for the future? Comment on my blog and tell me, coolest one gets a shout out in next weeks blog! Cheers, J