As we reach the end of term, and for some of you, the end of your studies here at Royal Holloway, it's a good time to be thinking about your future and how to make the most of your summer.
The Careers & Employability Service has put some handy tools and resources together that you can put into action over the summer vacation.
If you're returning after summer and don’t have anything planned yet, there's lots of things that you can do to become more employable. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, support good causes, and to boost your CV.
A part-time job can also support your studies, and we have many events on campus from 29 May to 4 June that you may be interested in, including the opportunity to meet visiting employers or attend 'The 500 Jobs Fair' where there are also summer opportunities.
Whatever stage you're at in your studues, here are seven of the ways to become more employable after you graduate:
1. Calling all finalists, we want to help you get hired!
Discover the Get Hired this Summer programme to help those of you who haven't yet decided what career you wish to pursue after graduation. The programme will help you figure out what you want to do, refine your options and guide you through the application process.
2. Get support and help to find the job you want
The College's Careers Consultants are on hand to advise you one-to-one on what your next steps should be and how to get hired. You can book a quick query appointment throughout the summer through the Careers Portal, pop to the helpdesk in the Davison Building, or email or phone the team at +44 (0) 1784 443 073.
Skype or phone appointments are also available.
3. Find a job, get recruited
Whether you are looking for summer internships, interested in graduate roles or want to get a part-time job, check out the ‘Jobs’ tab on the Careers Portal – we advertise up to 2,000 jobs every week
Many departments are currently advertising opportunities within the College to employ students for temporary summer roles and part-time work from September to fit alongside your studies next year.
4. Organise an internship
Calling all first and second years! One of the most important things you can do for your future career is to find an internship for the summer vacation. Whether it lasts one week or one month, work experience is the best way for you to find out what you like and don’t like and develop employability skills.
Check out the helpsheet and Moodle course.
5. Go international
If you’re planning to work outside the UK this international toolkit is packed with everything you need to know about finding jobs and internships abroad.
6. 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 summer vacation 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.
Read the LinkedIn student guide resource and networking tips.
7. Sort the essentials: CV, application forms & cover letter
Whether you’re applying for a part-time job, looking for an internship or planning for 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.