At this time of year, we celebrate the arrival of spring and take time to reflect. The Easter break is also an excellent time to hatch a career plan.
We’ve put some handy tools and exercises together that you can put into action over the break. Wherever your location, here are ten things you can do over the coming weeks, to take one positive step towards getting career ready while still allowing you time to study and revise.
Take two minutes to complete our ‘What stage are you at?’ quiz
Your career starts here at Royal Holloway and we understand that regardless of what year you're in, you're at different stages of your career planning and exploration. Your first step when figuring out what to do after university is to find out where you are in your career journey; evaluate, explore, or enact? Complete our ‘What stage are you at quiz?’ to find out. Once you know your stage, there are lots of activities to help you reach your goal.
Skill up on our new-look Careers Moodle pages
The Careers Moodle pages have been upgraded so that it’s now easier for you to access online help sheets, eLearning courses and get advice on specific career-related topics. Wherever your location, you can browse the online resources and prepare for your graduate career in a place and at a time that works for you. Explore now.
Organise an insight day, internship or placement
Now is the time to consider doing an internship or other work experience, including volunteering, over the summer vacation.
Whether it lasts one week or one month or even a day, work experience is the best way for you to evaluate what you like and don’t like and develop employability skills. Remember that regardless of the sector you work in or level of responsibility, your part-time and vacation jobs are excellent ways to explore the modern workplace, skill up and boost your CV.
Check out our Moodle resources and the Jobs tab on the Careers Portal.
Upgrade your LinkedIn profile
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, one useful way to prepare for real-world recruitment and the workplace is to create your account on this professional social media platform.
If you do have a profile, the Easter break is also a good time to refresh your photo and content and link in with Royal Holloway alumni, former and current colleagues, and follow employers in your chosen sectors.
Check out more handy tips on our LinkedIn web page.
Sort the essentials – CV, application forms and cover letter
Whether you’re applying for a part-time job, looking for an internship or preparing to enact and secure your first graduate job; it’s really helpful to upskill now and learn how to write a CV, application and cover letter. These resources will set you on the right track.
Prepare to ace interviews
When it comes to interviews, practice really does help. Our online interview practice resources will enable you to feel more confident about recorded interviews is a useful way to see how you respond in an interview situation. You can even get Careers Consultant feedback on your responses.
Go to Moodle > My Courses > Careers & Employability to find out more.
We also have lots of resources and videos of actual interviews on our Moodle pages to learn from.
Get psychometric test ready
Psychometric tests are a method used by some recruiters to assess your suitability for a role. They involve answering a series of questions online within a certain time limit and are generally used by larger employers who receive large numbers of applications. They could also be one of the tasks at an assessment centre. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare is a useful way to improve your test performance.
If you’re planning to work outside the UK our international toolkit is packed with everything you need to know about finding jobs and internships abroad. Find out more on our Moodle pages.
Kick start your job hunt
Did you know that our web pages advertise up to 2,000 jobs every week? If you're planning for after graduation, searching for an internship or a summer job to earn extra cash and increase your employability skills, there are roles for all students. Explore job opportunities now.
Think ahead – Research and apply for jobs on campus next year
Now’s the time of year when many of the roles on-campus in the coming months start to be advertised. At the Careers Service, we’re looking for a current first year to start as an Events Assistant next year and the IT Department are recruiting for an enthusiastic person for the role of Admin Assistant. Applications are all still open for Peer Guide roles and voluntary roles on campus, both of which offer you the chance to learn new skills and build your confidence and CV, all while helping people. And if you’ve been inspired by the work of the RH100 panellists, you can register to be updated once they start recruiting at the start of autumn term.
Here to help: Book a one-to-one careers coaching session
If you're on campus over the coming weeks, make the most of your extra time and book a one-to-one with a Careers Consultant.
No question is too small and if you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed or anxious or simply have a quick query; the Careers & Employability Service team will set you on course.
The Careers Centre is open 10am - 5.30pm during the Easter vacation.