Checklist of career-related activities for you to focus on this year

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A big hello to the Aston newbies out there and welcome back to our returning students! Whatever year you’re in, you’re bound to have lots on your plate what with getting stuck into your studies, meeting new people and wrapping your head around this whole virtual learning thing. It’s also important to dedicate some time to thinking about your future where you can – to help you out, we’ve written this checklist of achievable career-related activities you can focus on this year. We hope it’s helpful!

Set up/update your profile on Aston Futures

For those of you who don’t know, Aston Futures is an online platform run by Careers+Placements which allows you to search and apply for opportunities, book an appointment with a member of the team and register for careers events.

To get started, all you need to do is log in using your student username and password, and fill out the profile with your preferences – you’ll receive email alerts based on your answers, so it’s worth spending some time tailoring you profile as much as possible. If you’re a returning student, you’ll need to update your profile with your new preferences for this year.

For more information about Aston Futures and to get some tips and tricks for getting the most out of it, take a read of this booklet.

Book an appointment with us

We simply cannot wait to get to know you and to find out how we can help you during your time here at Aston. No matter what stage of your career journey you’re at, there’s a dedicated team who can help you out. They offer face-to-face (when it’s safe to do so), phone and video appointments and can help you with all sorts of things, including:

  • Figuring out what you want to do
  • Reviewing your experience and identifying all those amazing skills you have
  • Polishing your CV until it sparkles
  • Writing a stand-out cover letter
  • Refining your applications
  • Perfecting your interview technique
  • Creating a LinkedIn profile
  • Finding work experience opportunities, placement and graduate roles
  • Exploring alternative options such as further study or self-employment.

To get started, book an appointment with a relevant team member over on Aston Futures.

Come along to a careers event or three

We run a range of employability events throughout the year, including career fairs, workshops and employer sessions. These cover all sorts of topics to support you whatever stage of your career journey you’re at.

We’d just love it if you joined us for some, so head to Aston Futures and take a look at the events calendar to see if there any coming up that tickle your fancy.

Get some work experience

Work experience will make a wonderful addition to your CV whatever year you’re in – it’s a way to gain much-needed transferable skills which employers will be looking for when you start applying for placements and graduate roles. You can gain work experience by working part-time, volunteering, completing internships, attending insight days and joining a club or society.

Our JobShop team are just itching to help you secure some work experience that can fit around your studies. They can help you with searching for volunteering opportunities and part-time jobs. They’ll also be able to offer you CV advice and help you prepare for interviews. You can book an appointment with them on Aston Futures, or you can contact them be emailing jobshop@aston.ac.uk or giving them a bell on 0121 204 4844.

Download and read our careers guides

We’ve created some handy guides for you which are crammed full of useful tips, advice and resources to help you focus on your career-related priorities for the year. Take a read of them below:

Create/update your CV and get it checked by us

Whatever kind of role you’re applying for – whether that’s a part-time job, volunteering role, placement, internship or graduate job – a great CV is essential. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered – take a look at our CV writing advice on our website or book an appointment with us through Aston Futures where we can offer you tailored guidance.

Set up/update your LinkedIn profile

Having a LinkedIn profile is a must – think of it as a digital version of your CV where you can showcase all your fantastic achievements and connect with people in your chosen industry. Employers also use it to advertise vacancies, so it’s well worth getting a profile set up on there if you haven’t already (we can help you with that too!).

If you’ve just completed some work experience or returned from your placement year, don’t forget to add it to your LinkedIn profile!

Check out our website and blog

Our webpages are jam-packed with useful tools, resources and information. Whether you want to know how to research employers effectively, get a glimpse of what the placement year involves, tidy up your LinkedIn profile, master your interview technique, get to grips with psychometric testing, generate careers ideas or explore LGBTQ+-inclusive employers, we’ve got you covered.

Here on our blog, we’ve got hundreds more posts from students, graduates, employers and careers staff that could support you in all sorts of ways – so make sure to take a look once you’ve finished reading this one!

Search and apply for placement and graduate roles

If you’re in your second or final year of university, now is the time to start thinking ahead to the placement year/graduate life. Lots of big-name companies advertise placement and graduate roles throughout autumn term, with many of them closing before Christmas. To give yourself the best chance of finding your dream role, it’s a good idea to start searching and applying for opportunities as soon as possible – head to Aston Futures as a starting point.

You can also find heaps of application advice on our webpages and, as always, book an appointment with us for tips on standing out to employers for all the right reasons.

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