Careers Services: A Pathway to Your Future
It’s never too early in your studies to start considering your options for a possible career path, but it can be too late. The last thing you want to do is to be in the middle of your final year without any experience whatsoever, graduating in less than six months and having no idea what you’re going to do next. You’ve already considered some travelling to relax and disconnect or a few more years in school just to postpone adulthood as much as possible, but we both know this is not going to last forever and, at some point, you’re gonna have to enter the job market. Terrifying? It doesn’t have to be. We’ve got you covered. Help is everywhere, but it’s up to you to ask for it!
● Securing an internship or work placement at your fingertips
Since most of the courses require undertaking a professional placement, the Placements Team can assist you with work experience searching strategies and signpost various resource referrals to you.
Companies and organisations that are looking specifically for student interns are likely to contact university career services to share these opportunities. The Placements Team can put you in touch with the employers and even help you prepare an application. That’s why it is always good to keep an eye on the Engage website – every day new opportunities are added, ranging from work experience, internships, work and graduate internships. Keep your eye out on your inbox as well for the fortnightly bulletins from the team which include industry events, top tips and the latest opportunities.
●Build your CV, make your cover letter shine and develop interview skills
This is basically the essence of any application. The Placement Team are there to equip you with the necessary tools in order to maximise your chances of securing work experience. Tailoring your CV to suit a role may seem an obvious thing to do and whilst you could easily go online and read a few articles about the dos and don’ts in CV writing, you may want to consider that a recruiter spends on average fewer than ten seconds reviewing yours. Now, the idea of having another pair of objective eyes to ensure you make a good first impression can’t harm, right? The same applies to cover letters – a member of the team will happily review yours, reminding you about the structure and highlighting the keywords and skills you must include (for this, you can book a 30-minute session on Engage or you can email your application for review to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org). There’s also the option to go on the website and prepare for interviews with the online interview simulator.
Isn’t it wonderful that you can find all the resources gathered in a single place with a simple click? I thought so too.
● Explore career options & find a direction
Even if you’re studying quite a specific degree or qualification, the possibilities of what you could do with that qualification can often be overwhelming. How do you navigate so many options? Perhaps a sit-down chat with a careers consultant may be a good start. Through 1-1 consultations and self-assessments, the career service team can help you explore your skills and your interests in order to narrow down the seemingly infinite career paths one could take and guide you in finding a direction to aim for. On top of this, consultants will also signpost you to other services within the university that can be beneficial in case you are interested to broaden your portfolio and do some extra-curricular activities. All this by booking a quick 20-minute appointment via Engage.
College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries Work Experience and Placement Team
T: +44 (0)20 3506 8203
Room AG.24 – Harrow Campus