How you can get ahead during the holidays

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The holidays are on the horizon, and hopefully you’ll have a bit more quiet time in amongst the mince pie consumption, movie marathons, and catching up with friends and family.

If you are able to carve out some quiet time – even if it’s just for a few hours one afternoon – you could use it to get ahead with your career.

Here are just a few things you could do:

Think about what you’d like your future to look like
Perhaps you could see yourself working for one of the big accounting firms in London. Maybe you’d like to develop a career in tech. Would a role in the charity sector fulfil you? Do you love social media and fancy a career in marketing? Is a career overseas something you’ve got your heart set on? Spend some time thinking about your skills, your interests, and your knowledge to give yourself some direction.

Get set up on Aston Futures
If you’ve not already, sign in to Aston Futures and set up your profile. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to browse placements, graduate jobs, part-time roles, volunteering opportunities and internships. You’ll also be able to book onto our events, arrange appointments with our Placement Coordinators and Careers Consultants, set up job alerts, and read articles.

Apply for placements and graduate jobs
Lots of companies are recruiting for placements and graduate jobs at the moment, and their application deadlines are before the end of 2021. Spend some time browsing Aston Futures to see if there are any roles you could apply for. If you manage to secure one early, it’ll be something you don’t have to worry about later!

Update your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a great platform for networking. Give your profile a re-fresh and start showcasing yourself to potential employers. You can get our tips for using LinkedIn here.

Upload your CV to CV360 for instant feedback
As an Aston student, you have free access to CV360, which is part of Aston360. You can upload your CV online, and the system will run a series of checks before telling you which parts you’ve done well, and which parts could be improved. If you do this over the holidays, you’ll be able to send it to a Placement Coordinator or Careers Consultant in the New Year, for a final check. Find out more here.


You don’t have to do everything – the festive break is also a time to rest and re-charge your batteries after a busy term. Even if you just do one thing, you’ll be doing your future self a favour.

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