What do I do this year?

These are only recommendations for what you should be doing to develop your career skills - you do not need to do these in order! Some students will do more each year, and others will do less. The most important thing is that you start thinking about your career.

 

First year

  1. Discover CareerHub - your online portal for jobs, appointments, events and more.
  2. Explore your career options. Start thinking about your career and get started on your journey.
  3. Assess your skills and qualities. What skills do you already possess, and how can you develop these further.
  4. Get a part-time job. Visit CareerHub now for vacancies.
  5. Alternatively, do some volunteering. Check out the SU volunteering for a range of options.
  6. Join a club or society. These are a great way of building your contacts at Cardiff Met and finding people with similar interests to you.

Middle years

  1. Develop your CV. Starting this is a great way of re-evaluating your skills and experience, and is a very useful document to have.
  2. Undertake work experience or do an internship to find out about what it is like to work in a professional environment. Work experience will give you the edge when applying for graduate jobs.
  3. Start networking. Use social media, such as LinkedIn, to start developing your professional network.
  4. Attend careers fairs. Check out our events for the latest fairs updates.
  5. Go to Careers Service workshops. We run a range of workshops all through the year, in your school and as extra-curricula activities. Search and book extra-curricula events through CareerHub.

Final year

  1. Choose your career path. If you haven't decided what you want to do by now, it is the time to decide. Check out our exploring career options advice, or if you are really stuck book to see a Careers Consultant.
  2. Apply for graduate roles. Check out our finding a job advice, or go straight to CareerHub to start searching.
  3. Consider further study. This is a great way of developing your skills and knowledge further.
  4. Develop your interview skills. Interviews can be tough, but if you are prepared, you will succeed.
  5. Prepare for an assessment centre. Graduate recruiters tend to use these to identify the best talent, so like a standard interview, the key is to be prepared.
  6. Master psychometric testing. Tests are used by recruiters either as part of the application process or in an interview. Make sure you know what is expected of you!