Nine ways to make yourself more employable in 2014

Following on from our earlier post about kick-starting your career in 2014, here are some further suggestions about activities which will help you stand out from other graduates:

1. Consider an internship (placement) with a graduate recruiter: large multinationals now recruit a large proportion of their graduate trainees through this route. Internship opportunities can include summer placements, (1-4 months) and longer placements as part of a sandwich degree. Have a look on sites such as Rate my Placement, Milkround, Graduate Talent Pool. For advice on searching and applying for internships get in touch.

2. Attend EYE (Enhance Your Employability) Training to learn and practise job seeking and career development skills

3. Get involved in volunteering. As mentioned in our previous post: employers really like graduates who’ve volunteered alongside their studies.

4. Register for Work shadowing to find out more about specific areas of work, enhance your CV and make contacts

5. Attend “Venture 3” at the Riverside Innovation Centre to develop entrepreneurial skills

6. Get involved in a club or society at Chester Students Union or take up a new interest to extend your skill-set

7. Become a Student Academic Representative (StAR) to sharpen your communication, analytical, diplomacy and negotiation skills

8. Be a Student Ambassador for the University refining your oral communication and public-speaking skills

9. Register for alerts with Careers and Employability Vacancy and Events Portal: get some ideas about types of graduate jobs available, apply for part-time work and receive news of our latest opportunities and events to help you enhance your employability.

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