BA (Hons) Marketing Advertising and Communications, 4th Year
Imagine that everyone who’s applied for your dream job has the same degree class as you, how on earth will they pick the best candidates? Employers look for what else is on your CV. Engaging with extra-curricular opportunities such as volunteering or part-time work will make you stand out from the crowd, give you experience in the field you want to go in to as well as being a lot of fun. Taking part in things like the BankIt scheme will give you the edge on other candidates. I didn’t think I needed to do anything else besides my degree but when it came to placement searching and looking for graduate jobs, having something extra really helped to secure those interviews.
My part-time job with the Students’ Union and being on the elections committee have been talking points in all my interviews and employers love it when you can demonstrate different employability skills in different settings. Ultimately, it’s your choice whether you engage with the hundreds of opportunities that the Students’ Union find for you but I’d hate for your three or four years at University to be a waste if you don’t land your dream job.