For many higher education students, job prospects and careers don’t become a massive focus until the final year of study. Whilst it’s by no means a disadvantage to be exploring your options towards the end of your qualification (afterall, many career paths are dependant on what vacancies are available at the time of graduation), there are a number of things you can do during the course of your studies that will help you to stand out in the job market when the time comes to apply.
This first suggestion goes without saying. If you want to maximise your chances when it comes to securing a job, you need to work hard and achieve good results in your higher education qualification. Employers are less likely to hire you if they can’t recognise your work ethic. One of the easiest ways to show that you work hard is by putting 100% effort into your studies.
Extracurricular enrichment activities
A great way of demonstrating your time management skills and personality to future employers is by engaging with a club or society during your higher education. If you can successfully balance work and enrichment, you’ll increase your chances of securing a job.
Extracurricular academic activities
If your chosen career path calls for specialist knowledge and enthusiasm for your academic subject, why not demonstrate your passion by pursuing extracurricular academic activities. Some examples could include attending guest lectures or department talks outside of your timetable, volunteering to help out around your academic department, joining a club related to your subject, or attending events organised outside of your institution.
Work experience is another great way to demonstrate good time management and passion for your subject. If you pick up any form of part-time work during the course of your studies, you’re showing drive and willingness to learn. You may even adopt skills specific to the workplace that will set you ahead when it comes to job hunting after graduation.
Start applying early
Don’t leave it too late to start working on your CV and applications. Even if you’re the most employable graduate student out there, employers won’t be interested if you submit a rushed CV or application. Take the time to proofread your documents and make the effort to tailor both your CV and cover letter to each vacancy. The more effort you put into your application, the easier you’ll find it to get your foot in the door at your dream company.
If you’d like to talk more about how you can boost your employability during the course of your international higher education studies, get in touch with Platinum Education Services today. Our team of Student Advisors will offer you support, guidance, and advice, helping you to perform at your best and get where you want to go.