A recent survey conducted by HR consulting company, Adecco, suggested that 66% of employers felt that graduates are not prepared for the workforce after attending university.
Although this was a survey conducted in the USA, the findings still resonate with Australian employers.
To ensure you are fully prepared for the workforce, there are some simple things that you can do to help build your experience.
The infographic below outlines 12 university experiences you can add to your resume to help you land your first graduate job.
1. Join a Club in Your First Year
Joining a club early in your university life will help you to demonstrate your ability of working in groups. Not only that, but it will enable you to meet new people and build your network! Bonus points if the club is related to your degree or major!
2. Take on a Leadership Role
The longer you stay with a club, the greater the chance that you will have of taking on a leadership role. Organise events, manage the finances or manage the club’s Facebook page. Employers love to see these skills.
3. Bring in Group Speakers
Put yourself in a position to bring in relevant speakers for your club. Organise networking nights and panel discussions. Learn from the speakers and build your network.
4. Try Out a Campus Ambassador Role
There are many businesses who want to build their presence on campus. Find some businesses who want to do this and seek out whether they have campus ambassador roles.
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5. Become an Internship Expert
Don’t wait until your final year to start looking for jobs. Become an internship expert by applying for intern roles and getting experience in the areas of your interest. Try different roles and different sized companies to get a feel for what you enjoy most.
6. Pick Up a New Language
As we are becoming more and more a global economy, diverse language skills can propel you to success. Learn a second language, or a third or a fourth. Pick up a new language class while at University, or join a course online.
7. Learn to Code
Technology and the internet are here to stay. Having an understanding of how these work will be an important skill many employers are looking for. Complete a computing or coding course at University or find one online.
8. Build a Digital Portfolio
Digital portfolios can help you to showcase to employers what you are capable of. With the experiences that you do have, you can put them up online for potential employers to see and wow them with your skills and expertise.
9. Study in a New Place
Just like learning a new language, studying in a new place or studying abroad can make you a worldlier candidate for any role. If you can find an intern job while studying abroad this will be even better. Studying and living abroad will open up a huge number of possibilities and experiences for you to showcase to employers.
10. Create an Online Presence
Employers now check social media accounts and use LinkedIn for recruiting purposes. Make sure your have your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts created and with a professional presence. Building a blog is another great way of building your presence, expanding your knowledge and showcasing what you can do.
11. Pick Up Contract or Freelance Work
Small businesses and start-ups are always looking for some extra hands to help them get their business up and running. Get in contact with some small companies in your area and see where you can help out. Not only will you get some extra cash, but you will get some great experience and have satisfaction in helping the business grow.
12. Volunteer in Your Community
Volunteering in your community is one of the best ways of getting experience. Everyone loves a volunteer and it will enable you to showcase your leadership and teamwork abilities. Bonus points if you can link your volunteering experience to your professional passion.
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