Hey everyone, today’s blog is all about participating in extra-curricular activities so as to give yourself that ‘certain something’ in order to catch the eye of potential future employers. The idea is quite simple. If you were an employer looking at 100+ graduate CVs and job applications, what would you be looking for? What sort of things in an application would make you definitely remember an applicant?
At the moment PwC in Northern Ireland are recruiting for their Technology Consulting graduate programme. They tell us:
“PwC in Northern Ireland is an integral and important part of our UK Consulting business. We’ve established a Technology Centre of Excellence that will deliver specific business solutions for our global clients and we have outstanding opportunities for graduates. To find out more and apply now go to http://www.pwc.com/uk/en/careers/student/index.jhtml”
The closing date for the above opportunities is Friday 24 February, so don’t delay applying if interested. The thing is – what are you going to say in your application about your skills and experience to get their attention?
Of course, developing employability skills isn’t the only reason for getting involved in extra-curricular activities. The other side is that gaining experience outside your studies can help you to find out what you’re interested in and passionate about. It’ll also give you confidence in working environments beyond University and will enable you to put what you’ve learnt during your studies into practice. Oh, and it might be fun as well!
One of the most straightforward ways to get your foot in the door of your future career is to get some work experience in an area or company of your interest. Even if you’ve no idea what you want to do later on, work experience can help you find out and give you a whole load of transferable skills. There are many ways to get work experience, from year-long and summer placements, to part-time work or voluntary positions.
If that sounds of interest to you, be sure to come along to the Queen’s Work Experience Fair on Wednesday 8th February, in the Whitla Hall from 11am to 3pm. There you’ll find information about loads of opportunities to choose from.
Clubs and Societies
In addition to work experience, being involved in and around Queen’s in clubs, societies and student committees is valuable experience, and will give you a great opportunity to develop those transferable teamwork and leadership skills. It also shows potential employers that you’re an engaged and rounded person. So, if the recent Refreshers’ Fair gave you some ideas, now’s definitely the time to follow them up.
Don’t forget to keep up-to-date with the Careers Service’s workshops and training opportunities to improve your skills and employability. There are a number of Skills for Success workshops coming up:
Time Management, delivered by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thursday 9th February, 4-6pm, Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre
Assessment Centres/Group Behaviour, delivered by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thursday 16th February, 4-6pm, Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre
Interview Skills, delivered by Citi, Tuesday 21st February, 4-6pm, Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre
Sign up at www.qub.ac.uk/careers Events Calendar
And finally remember you can easily get any extra-curricular activities accredited through DegreePlus. Why not go along to one of the upcoming DegreePlus introduction sessions. There you’ll be able to register as well as find out all about how it works. These are held regularly with the next one on:
Thursday 9th February, 1-2pm, in Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre
Right, so I’ll look forward to seeing all of you at the Work Experience Fair on the 8th where I hope we’ll all be much inspired. Join me again next week ….