Broadening Horizons

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all doing very well.

Today I am going to talk a little bit about the things you can do at uni to really expand your horizons and gain lots of new skills and experiences. After all that is what uni is all about!

The job market is competitive, and even with your degree getting a job won’t be easy. You need to make sure you stand out a little more.

You might think that’s easier said than done, but there are lots of little ways that you can make a difference.

It can be something as simple as a part time or summer job (if you don’t already have one.) It doesn’t necessarily have to be directly related to the job you want to have in the future. I am sure your teachers have talked about transferable skills before. Most of these can be developed in the work place.

You can even use your degree to give yourself an edge. Some course options offer sandwich years or a year abroad. A sandwich year allows you to undertake a year of placement in an industry suited to your course. Usually after second year, then you will return to uni to complete your degree with a little more experience under your belt.

ERASMUS is a growing programme that allows students from the UK to go abroad for either a semester or a full year and complete part of their degree in a partner university. These experiences can be invaluable, not just to employers but to you as well.

Volunteering is another option. Again this can be something as simple as volunteering at a local charity shop, or volunteering abroad. There are also programmes like Camp America that allow you to explore the wonders of the USA and get paid whilst you do it.

If something like that isn’t really your cup of tea, there are plenty of other options. Something as simple as learning a new language can offer you more than you think.

Every little thing counts! So make sure that while you are having the time of your life, you’re also thinking ahead.

There’s so much to do that will give you the best job prospects  and a great life experience.

Quote for the day: The future depends on what you do today. -Mahatma Gandhi

Hope you all have a great week, until next time 🙂

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