Graduate support & Advice - the resources you can use to make yourself a competitive candidate
As part of our graduate support month, this week we are going to discuss some of the resources you can use to help you stand out from the crowd when your fresh out of university and applying for jobs.
- University careers services
University careers services are a very helpful tool to graduates and they are a completely free service. The majority of universities in the UK, will have a team of dedicated professionals on-hand even now during the pandemic to help you explore graduate jobs, work experience and give you valuable careers advice. University careers teams help put together online events and webinars, they share information on their social media pages and manage employer job adverts on the university careers service website. Your careers services are there to help you get into work and are a huge resource to which many other job seekers do not have access. We often hear from recent graduates who wish they had used their careers service more effectively – and not just in their final year.
COVID-19 is forcing conferences, recruitment events and other speaking sessions online. The benefits of webinars present a new opportunity, all you need to do is organise your schedule of webinars to attend. Webinars are usually free and open to everyone which is a resource you should take advantage of. For example, you can watch webinars about the industry you’d like to work or on careers advice and support. Keeping up to date with industry trends provide an excellent talking point in an interview. Employers like to see people who are passionate about their work and if you can demonstrate you have a keen interest in your area this will make you a more competitive candidate.
- Online training courses
Online learning has begun to rapidly change the way we develop and learn new skills. There are thousands of courses now available on the Internet – including many free ones – which allow you to develop expertise in areas you would like to work. This means that you can learn skills from laboratory practices, to quality standards in the comfort of your bedroom – and use them to get ahead in your applications. Some of them even come with a professional certification.