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Graduating next year? Have a Look at Our 4 Point Checklist

29th September 2015
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Final year students: as the end of university approaches, are you sure you’ll be able to look back and say you’ve made the most of your experience? Achieving an academic qualification is a great accomplishment, but unfortunately your degree alone is unlikely to land you your dream job. You need to be organised, driven and proficient in order to appeal to employers. Here are some things you should consider doing in your final year, before graduation hits.

Arrange an Internship

Practical experience in the field is indispensable from an employer’s point of view. Learning your craft in theory at university is vital, but to really separate yourself from the rest of the graduates you need to go that little bit further. If you can find the time to undertake an internship before you leave, then all the better. There’s nothing to be lost and everything to gain from undergoing an internship.

Perfect Your Resume

It’s unlikely that you will find anyone better equipped to help you create a resume than a higher education institution, so make sure you take advantage of your careers centre and advisor. Also, depending on your career goals, a good idea to purchase a professional domain to display your credentials. Writers or graphic designers for example, could register a domain here and make their own site. Just as the world becomes more tech orientated, so must you also. The domain can be shared instantly online and will widen your resume’s audience.

Network

Nowadays, it’s just as important to forge relationships with people not just in your field, but people of all areas. The wider you spread your web, the wider the likelihood is of catching something, and university offers a great opportunity to do this. Professional connections will prove to be very helpful in the long run, so get involved with extracurricular activities and meet people.

Consider a Move Abroad

Whether it’s another year of education or inspecting the job market, moving abroad for a period of time offers you a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. It’s important to recognise the freedom and opportunity at your fingertips right now and then take advantage of it, as the opportunity may not present itself again for a few years. Furthermore, employers appreciate an applicant who has travelled, as it demonstrates a degree of responsibility and drive.




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