Everyone always tells you to start gaining work experience ASAP. I hate to admit it but they're right. Jobs will not just fall into your lap, so the more skills you have, the better off you’ll be. If you’re just starting university and you’re unsure where to start, here are some quick tips:
Take every opportunity to engage with new people. Some people find it a challenge to make new friends, while others seem naturally outgoing. The bottom-line is everyone needs someone. Befriending people, even those who may not be in your class, is a good way to expand your network and build contacts.
2. Join extracurricular clubs
Joining clubs such as the music club, photography club, dance club, etc. is super helpful. Not only is it a great way to find your tribe, but it also helps you network and improve your social skills while giving you an outlet that you are passionate about.
3. Get friendly with your lecturers
Lecturers are a great source of knowledge and experience. They can help you navigate through your course and can also offer career advice based on personal experience. Some lecturers actually have a second job, so they can provide you with recent information about the job market. If a lecturer notices your good work ethic and high academic performance, they might even help you get a job!
4. Volunteer for events
First things first, if your university has an events club, you need to sign up. After that, you need to regularly volunteer for events. Whether its events within the Uni campus or external events, be a part of it. Recruiters or representatives from various companies might be present, which gives you a chance to connect with them. You might even leave an impression, which gives you an edge during the interview process.
5. Polish up your skill-set
Are you an aspiring YouTuber? Do you know how to Photoshop or edit videos? Are you a secret social media guru? If the answer to any of the previous questions is YES, congratulations, you’ve got skillz. The job market is dynamic and employers are always searching for people who have various skills. Learning skills, even if it’s a hobby, may come in handy later down the road.
My advice, you never know what may happen later in life! It’s best to give yourself an early advantage.