I will be starting university this September and was wondering what/how much experience should graduates have?
Can anyone give examples of what experience they have?
Graduates what sort of experience do you have Watch
- Thread Starter
- 16-08-2013 00:23
- 16-08-2013 00:30
I'm about to start third year and am worried about not having much relevant experience. I've had jobs since I was 14 - a pub, McDonald's and M&S. I didn't get onto an internship, mainly because I didn't have time to apply for many, and the ones I did apply for I didn't get; I didn't really do enough research into the companies and I think it showed. Also, I've never been sure of what I wanted to do, which didn't help in interviews when I couldn't speak with conviction in terms of being passionate about the job.
I haven't really been in many societies - well, only snowsports actually. I have my own hobbies, playing guitar, running, but not as part of a club or anything. Not sure how much this will help.
However, I know other people in my year who are the opposite - have never had a part-time job and earned their own money, but have completed some sort of relevant internship in what they want to do.
But then of course there are the people who are going into third year having never worked, and with no relevant internships etc.
Sorry to kind of hijack your thread (I hope I've helped in telling you what experience I have, even though I'm not a graduate!) but am I in a bad position?
- 16-08-2013 00:32
I left uni a few months ago and feel that I'm in a very privileged position in terms of the job hunt, pretty much solely down to what I did whilst studying. I would implore you to get as much out of your 3 years as you can alongside a degree - it's a fantastic place to get around the old 'need experience to get experience' vicious circle because most things you can do at uni won't have any typical interviews that other jobs would.
In my 3 years, I started a radio show, volunteered in a local school, got elected into a position on the student's union executive, did an internship over one summer (I got that thanks to my experience on the executive), and founded a society which I became president of - all of which ended up in me getting an award from the uni in 3rd year.
As a result, my CV is jam-packed and I've got loads to talk about at graduate interviews, and pretty much none of my experience needed any prior skills/experience to achieve. I've just accepted one grad job and have another company telling me they'll continue to make me offers in the future to try and sway me over.
The moral I guess I'm trying to get across is; the job hunt is famously difficult, but you can help yourself get ahead no end whilst at uni. Make the most of it.
- 17-08-2013 21:16
Basically as much as you can. Join societies, get involved with wider uni life, find a part-time or holiday job, look for summer internships. The job market is very competitive and it's worth doing anything you can to make yourself stand out!