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    I'm coming to the end of my first year of studying History at the University of Manchester and I'm not entirely sure what I want to do yet. I haven't got any workplace experience connected to law/journalism/public sector/or any of the myriad other things we are told that a History degree sets you up for. I've written a few articles for the Student newspaper, but wouldn't say they amount to much. Over the summer I'll be helping out for a roofing company, just lifting and climbing ladders. I basically have two questions.
    1. Given that its manual labour and probably won't be relevant to whatever I eventually want to do, will this be good experience to put on a CV? Or good to bring up when I apply for internships in the Second and Third Year? I think doing hard physical work (and it sounds hard) would be appreciated in all sectors, but I'm not sure.
    2. Also, its cash in hand, is this any good for a CV?
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    I'm coming to the end of my first year of studying History at the University of Manchester and I'm not entirely sure what I want to do yet. I haven't got any workplace experience connected to law/journalism/public sector/or any of the myriad other things we are told that a History degree sets you up for. I've written a few articles for the Student newspaper, but wouldn't say they amount to much. Over the summer I'll be helping out for a roofing company, just lifting and climbing ladders. I basically have two questions.
    1. Given that its manual labour and probably won't be relevant to whatever I eventually want to do, will this be good experience to put on a CV? Or good to bring up when I apply for internships in the Second and Third Year? I think doing hard physical work (and it sounds hard) would be appreciated in all sectors, but I'm not sure.
    2. Also, its cash in hand, is this any good for a CV?
    There's no reason to disclose its cash in hand. Future potential employers don't need to know or care about that.

    The type of work you will be doing will look good on a CV. Will show your willingness to work hard. But if you are looking at an career that requires some kind of analytical skills (like those you have mentioned) your CV will require work experience that shows your willingness to do tasks that require analysis.


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    (Original post by JpK)
    I'm coming to the end of my first year of studying History at the University of Manchester and I'm not entirely sure what I want to do yet. I haven't got any workplace experience connected to law/journalism/public sector/or any of the myriad other things we are told that a History degree sets you up for. I've written a few articles for the Student newspaper, but wouldn't say they amount to much. Over the summer I'll be helping out for a roofing company, just lifting and climbing ladders. I basically have two questions.
    1. Given that its manual labour and probably won't be relevant to whatever I eventually want to do, will this be good experience to put on a CV? Or good to bring up when I apply for internships in the Second and Third Year? I think doing hard physical work (and it sounds hard) would be appreciated in all sectors, but I'm not sure.
    2. Also, its cash in hand, is this any good for a CV?
    If you want to build a career, wouldn't you want to work somewhere reputable, somewhere where you can get a good reference?

    But then again, its for the sake of gaining experience and skills, so there's probably no harm in doing so.
 
 
 
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