This is going to be a quick post, just to update you on what I’ve been up to over the summer. My next post after that will probably be about what I think you might need for university, as I’m moving back to Leicester on the 20th September 🙂
So first of all, as I spent a year in Heidelberg, Germany, I still have essays to write because of the way the system works there. It’s put me under a bit of pressure because I’m supposed to be focusing on my dissertation, not churning out 30,000 words, but there we go. It’s given me a lesson in time management if anything, because I have also received a few emails about the ‘festival of careers’ which is open for Leicester students to talk to employers. It’s a great opportunity, and so that you don’t come out with utter rubbish in front of important people you have to do online preparation before you’re even allowed to go, so I’ve been plodding through that.
I’ve found Leicester to be quite good when it comes to the careers side of things- if you need a part time job then you can go to the Unitemps office (the page is aimed at employers but has good general information) and they’ll help you out, if you need help with CV writing or any kind of careers advice you can go to the careers centre (which I’d really recommend), Leicester invites various people to give talks on how to get into their job throughout the year e.g. “So you think you want to be in publishing?” and the like, and finally there is the Leicester Award program which aims at making you more employable. Here is a link to the careers development page, where you can find out what’s on offer and read more about the festival of careers which I mentioned.
I guess you owe it to yourself to make the most of these opportunities- I did not look at anything until the middle of second year and promptly realised I should definitely have started earlier. I took part in the Leicester Award for volunteering in my second year, which is where you have to volunteer for a certain number of hours and reflect on your experiences in the way you would have to if you were to use the experience in an interview/on a CV type thing. They also ran a program specific for English students, which again looks at what your strengths are and how you can show those to employers, and also involved having a look at possible job options.
Being in the midst of this has made me think that this is something you should start as early as possible. I am still basically as clueless as ever regarding what I want to do when I graduate, and will be making another trip to the careers centre when I’m back in Leicester. But if you do know what you want to do, the resources are still worth using as then they can actually tailor things to what the specific job is. So when you get to Leicester, have a look at what’s on offer and try and do some thinking along future career paths, because there might be things you should be doing for it as soon as possible, like getting relevant experience.
This leads me on to what I’ll be doing from this Friday morning until Sunday evening. My Auntie has asked me to help out at a small festival type thing in rural Wales, where I will be…selling potatoes. There is also the potential for endless washing up, and maybe a stint directing cars. I’ve agreed to do it, mainly because it’s for my Auntie so I have a family obligation and all that, but also because I’m determined to think that any experience is good experience, and I haven’t had the chance to do any work since last year because I’ve been abroad. If I can use selling potatoes to talk about an example of when I gave good customer experience, or directing cars as an example of when I was in charge, then that’s what I’m going to do! So I will be back soon, hopefully an expert in ways to sell potatoes, and then I’ll be getting ready to go back to Leicester 🙂