While you’re studying towards your degree, you may not give work experience a lot of thought. However, having relevant experience to show on your CV is vital for finding a job once you graduate. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Look at student employment opportunities

Universities have staff who work for them in various departments. But did you know that some of these departments are open to taking students in as interns or hiring them on a part-time basis? If, for example, you’re working towards being a writer, look for opportunities in your university newspaper or magazine. Studying accounting? Get in touch with your varsity finance department and ask if they have any opportunities for you.

Get involved

Getting involved in volunteer work, clubs and societies at your university is a great way of earning valuable experience, as well as making yourself stand out. How? Well, the more you put yourself out there at uni, the better your chances are of lecturers and other people in your faculty considering you when there’s an opening or available opportunity.

Look for internships

You may be surprised to learn that not all internships require you to work full-time. In fact, there are many opportunities available part-time, especially for students looking to gain work experience while they’re still studying. You can find these opportunities by searching online or through word-of-mouth. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t accepted the first time you apply- just contact as many places as you can and eventually, you’re likely to find a worthwhile internship opportunity.

Build connections

Having a network is important for finding work, but you shouldn’t wait until you’re out of varsity to start building one. Creating a LinkedIn account, attending events at your university and immersing yourself in the field you want to build a career in while you’re still studying will open you up to internships and opportunities you can take advantage of.

Start a side hustle

Having your own side business can contribute to you gaining additional, practical skills as well as having something to show in your CV or portfolio. Sometimes it’s better to create your own opportunity- you don’t have to wait for one to come your way.

Gaining work experience while you’re still studying is not only possible, but also lots of fun. Yes it’ll be hard work but you’re capable of doing it, so believe in yourself and get started. Good luck!

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