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24Oct/12Off

How to enhance your employability prospects

For most students in their final year or penultimate year, whether you are looking for a graduate role or maybe considering taking a placement/ gap year, it’s important that students are able to understand how to reach their full potential for getting that dream job.

You may hear around campus the phrase the milk round”. This is the phrase commonly used to describe the time of year when companies are at the peak of advertising their graduate positions and opportunities for 2013 entry by touring universities and advertising online for their positions. This normally begins in October and for some subject areas can last until next year.

It is therefore vitally important that students do not miss these opportunities and so to keep up to date, please register with the careers management system where you can find all of the careers events that will be happening over the year and also the latest vacancies that are advertised.

The next question to ask is; what are these companies looking for? Unfortunately in this current economic climate, for every one job, you can guarantee there will be many other students with similar qualifications going for the same job, so really you need to be thinking about enhancing your employability during your time at Queen’s  to give you the extra edge.

So how do you enhance your employability? Well you can start by asking yourself the following questions:

Do you have a part time job?

Are you active in your local council or in a club or society?

Do you volunteer anywhere?

All of these things may not seem like much but they can make a real difference to your CV. Here at Queen’s, we offer a variety of services to help get you those little bonus points. For students graduating or considering taking a placement year, check out the Queen’s Employability, Careers and Skills website for the latest in careers opportunities.

Or for you students wanting to boost your CV and your bank balance…..  have a look at the latest part time on campus jobs offered by Queen’s.

If you already do some or all of the above, why not get some credit for it and sign up for the Degree Plus Award.

And finally, if you wish to speak to a member of careers about any of these issues whether it may be to help improve your CV, discuss a job application or just for a general chat about the career possibilities within your field, the Student Guidance Centre offers a drop in service every day from 10.00-12.30 and 2.00-4.30 where you can speak to a careers advisor in a 15-20 minute consultation and if you feel you may need more time, you may book in for a guidance interview. All of these services are available to all students and are free of charge so why not take advantage of them.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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