As I am now about to conclude my third year and graduate from university, I have decided to write about the things that I think would be helpful to do before you leaving university. This relevant for all those finishing their first year and going into their second year and for some of the second years going into their third year. I have selected three of the experiences, that I believe enhance your CV and that as a student here, you can give a go. I have done them all in one form or another and I have found it incredibly rewarding, which is why I want to share it with you.
One of the best ways to get a start at getting some professional work experience is through this. The Careers Service offers OnCampus Placements, a series of 100 hour work placements in one of the universities departments or services. It is well paid as far as student jobs are concerned and it is a chance to experience a professional working environment. The jobs vary from organising conferences and events, to research and making video content. It is all really engaging and it gives you something extra for your CV.
Available to those who are in their penultimate year, SURE is a really good opportunity to practice your research skills. SURE allows you to pursue your research interests, working with the supervision of an academic lead. Not only will you be practicing your independent research skills, but you can start doing research for your dissertation or just pursue an interest into a topic that you think it is fascinating. For those who are interested in pursuing a career in higher education and research, this is a fantastic opportunity if you enjoy doing research and to boost your CV. You will have to come up with a short research design, think of the tools you will use in your project and the materials you will use. Overall it is a good practice for dissertation research. You also receive an allowance to help you support your research. Similar to this is also the GLOSS Research Associate scheme from GLI. I have done something similar though Achieve More Level 2 in 2015/2016.
If you are afraid of public speaking, there is no better cure than going out there. What better way to beat shyness than through speaking with strangers about the things you like, your uni, your SU or your course. I think it is one of the easiest student jobs, and it is really enjoyable. Sometimes it feels nostalgic as you meet people who are looking at universities, just like you did before coming here. It is both scary and rewarding, knowing that you can be the difference between a “yes” and a “no” when it comes to prospective students coming to Sheffield. Not only that, but your passion can inspire others and you can be a positive influence for the new generation of students. Added benefits: you either get a free coffee or free lunch, it depends. We are students, we like free stuff.