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Jobs and Careers

10 TOP TIPS for Second Years

By ChiUniJobs 09 Apr 2018

Use your second year to take action now and make the most of your time at University. 

The earlier you start, the greatest chance you will have of being ready to land your perfect graduate job and next step. We recommend you take these steps to build your knowledge, ideas and abilities on your course. 

 10 tips for year two, second or middle year

Know your choices and recognise what has been good so far

1. Start thinking about what's to come!

Of course you want to focus on your degree, but you should also start to consider your choices for after you graduate. The whole point of going to uni is to increase your job prospects, right? So start preparing for success now!

Think about getting some work experience, or a part-time job, or even take on a voluntary role, and you'll boost your CV, and get a taste of the working world. 

2. Build your CV and LinkedIn profile

A good CV and LinkedIn profile are both crucial if you want your job applications to be successful. So get ahead of the game and make sure they're both up to scratch, and you'll feel more prepared when it comes to applying to jobs. 

Look for relevant work or experience now

3. Look for a placement or some relevant work experience

You can find placements and work experience opportunities through our Careers Portal. Work experience is definitely worth having, as you'll boost your own confidence, and with relevant experience, you'll stand out from the crowd when you start applying for jobs. 

4. Find part-time work in Chichester or Bognor 

Having a part-time job can ease some of the financial stress that comes with being a student. And with less stress, everything is just easier. 

You'll also have something to put on your CV, even if it isn't relevant to your dream job, you'll be able to demonstrate skills that you've developed. 

To make life even easier, you can also look for work on campus. 

5. Join clubs or societies

Clubs and societies are a great way to enhance your university experience. You'll meet new people, make new friends and develop new skills. You might even develop skills that could help you land a job in the future, especially if you become a committee member. 

6. Connect with people through LinkedIn

LinkedIn is different from other social media platforms in that you don't just have to connect with only people you know. You can also connect with those who you think could be useful contacts.

Try connecting with people who currently work with companies you'd like to work with, or in roles you'd like to work in. Then you can ask them for advice, or even take tips from the way they present themselves online. 

7. Register your work preferences on our Careers Portal

If you register your work preferences on the Careers Portal, you'll receive relevant email updates about job openings that might interest you. This way, you'll have jobs sent straight to your inbox, saving you time and effort when job hunting!

Use Careers & Employability to get the help you need

8. Get one-to-one advice from our professional and friendly team

The careers team can help you tailor your CV, advise you on job applications, offer you mock interviews, or help you figure out the best path for you. 

Whether you're hoping to find a part-time job, or you're thinking about what comes after university, we can help. 

9. Visit the drop-in desk in the LRCs or book a 40-minute appointment

If you want advice from the careers team, there are several ways you can get in touch. The easiest ways are by visiting the Careers Centre or Job Hunting Desk in the LRCs, or you can book a 40-minute appointment. Whichever option you go for, you'll be able to discuss your ideas, or divulge your concerns and receive professional and friendly advice. 

10. Look out for our employer events 

Throughout the year there are several on-campus employer events and several visits from certain employers. Look out for these events and be sure to attend them! 

You'll start to get a feel for what jobs are out there, and you might find a company that you'd like to work for.

You'll also get to meet employers, and start to build a relationship with them, so that if you ever apply for a position with them, you'll be more than just another CV. 

Your Future Starts with You!