Going Beyond Your Degree - A Recipe for Success
The following blog is the continuation of a student led project, focussing on discussing numerous employability topics and offering insight into the Graduate market. This week’s blog focuses on the things you can do to improve the chances of landing your dream role.
Did you know that each year on average 14 million students (yes you read that right), will graduate from University and then seek to enter the labour market, that’s a huge number, right? Fundamentally, it must be recognised with an ever-increasing pool of talent, there are only so many jobs and graduate employers have to review lots of applications, so you need to differentiate yourself from the crowd and ‘go beyond your degree’.
There are an abundance of opportunities available to you, and it is important to engage with such opportunities right from day one. With over 200 clubs and societies to choose from, joining as many as possible is a great way to make new friends, develop your confidence and try new things. Once you have your foot in the door, you could then seek election onto the committee which will help to develop an array of skills such as communication and time management.
“Being a part of the Business Society since 1st year has helped me to develop my confidence. I have gone from being too shy to attend events, to the one who is leading them, and this journey shows that you can achieve anything you like with some self- belief.”
Jack Annand, UEA Business Society President.
Gain Work Experience:
There are numerous opportunities available for students on campus and beyond, and no matter the job you have, any experience is invaluable as it bolsters your CV and gives you talking points for interviews, as well as developing transferable skills- Employers love experience! Whether it is becoming a Student Ambassador, working for uea(su) or gaining external employment in the city, you need to gain work experience. You might even achieve this via volunteering which is just as useful. Another thing to consider is seeking an internship over the summer, which if you perform well, might lead to a job offer for when you Graduate!
“Having completed a Summer Management internship with Tesco, this helped me to develop my leadership skills, apply my commercial knowledge and gain hands on experience which has helped me to set myself up nicely for a Graduate role.”
Sign up for the UEA Award:
The UEA Award is a skills-based award that focuses on encouraging students to partake in numerous activities across a different range categories, but beyond this, reflect on the attributes they have developed in doing so.
The award offers 3 certification levels, and throughout the course of the award students are able to benefit from several CV reviews (Bronze and Gold), a practise video interview with feedback (Silver) and then at Gold level, the opportunity to present to a panel with comprehensive feedback offered after the presentation. Completing each level encourages the development of reflective practise and replicates stages of the Graduate Recruitment process- remember practise makes perfect!
“The UEA Award helped me to understand the skills I needed to develop and what Employers are looking for, and through the access to Careers Central and NBS for further support, this contributed towards me securing a role with a leading Chinese Bank, ICBC.”
Isaac Law, UEA Award and NBS Alumni.
Take Part in Competitions:
Many societies at UEA and then Norwich Business School itself facilitate the ability for students to participate in competitions, many in which have the backing of employers who value the ability for students to utilise their business skills in a commercial context and develop innovative solutions to a specific problem. Entering the competitions are invaluable and a great way to expand your network, develop your business skills and further bolster your CV, demonstrating you are able to work with data, problem solve and work as part of a team- all crucial skills within the workplace.
“Competing in the IBM Universities Business Challenge representing NBS, leading a team to the Grand Final and a top 10 finish in a competition that started with over 300 teams, has helped me to develop my employability skills and give me some great data points to refer to, which recruiters really value in applications and interviews.”