So it’s that time of year again when we’re making resolutions with good intentions, only to end up breaking them before January’s even over. Instead of the usual exercise more/eat healthily/get more sleep resolutions (although those are great ones if you can stick to them!), we present you with our list of careers-related resolutions you’ll definitely want to keep this year.
Update your Aston Futures profile
We know go on about this all year round, not just in January. But that’s because it’s so so important – you’ll change during your time at university and so will your priorities and the kinds of opportunities you’re looking for. So make sure your Aston Futures profile reflects the latest version of yourself. It’s quick and easy to do, and totally worth it – you really don’t want to be receiving emails about placements in final year or getting recommended finance roles when you’ve decided you now want to go into marketing.
Create a jaw-dropping CV
New year, new you, right? Well, how about a shiny new CV to go with that? If you’re relying on a CV you hastily threw together when you were applying for Year 10 work experience or are applying for grad jobs with a CV that doesn’t even mention the amazing experience you gained during your placement, then we hate to break it to you but you’re not going to have much success. Take a look at our CV advice and book an appointment with us through Aston Futures (after you’ve updated your profile, of course).
Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV and feel good about doing it at the same time. It’s a chance to gain an insight into an area of work (it doesn’t even have to be degree-related as any experience is good experience) and it’s flexible so you can fit it around your studies. You’ll also be able to impress employers with it in interviews – basically, you should be doing it. Come and speak to us in the JobShop about volunteering and look for opportunities on Aston Futures.
Set-up/refresh your LinkedIn profile
Don’t think you need a LinkedIn profile right now? Or maybe you set one up at the start of term but, like that lovely house plant you adopted with good intentions at the same time, it’s now looking a bit neglected? Whatever stage you’re at, LinkedIn is a really handy tool when your profile is complete and up-to-date – it’s a fantastic way to showcase your skills and experience, find jobs and connect with employers. Take a read of our LinkedIn advice, then head over to LinkedIn to work on a profile that will knock the socks off any employers who sees it.
Attend a careers event or two (or ten!)
Hopefully you’ll have seen all the events we put on just for you throughout the year – these include careers fairs, skills workshops, recruitment events, drop-ins and employer sessions. If you haven’t been to any already, why not decide to give one a go? Head to Aston Futures (of course) to see the list of upcoming events and book onto any that tickle your fancy.
Join a society/club
During Welcome Week, you may have acquired a collection of leaflets and business cards from any of the 130+ student-led groups we have on campus. While societies and clubs are largely a way to meet and spend time with like-minded people, they’re also a chance to gain some handy employability skills – especially if you’ve got a position of responsibility within them. If you’re already a member of a club or society, make sure to include it on your CV/LinkedIn profile. If not, then dig out those business cards to see if there are any you like the look of or head to the Students’ Union website to see what you can get involved with.
Explore your options
Still not sure what your future holds or changed your mind about what it will look like? Now is the time to explore your options. Start with our website – whether you want to pin down what you’re passionate about, generate career ideas or discover what you can do with your degree, we’ve got you covered. It’s also useful to get chatting to people around you – whether that’s your course buddies, flatmates or academics – and ask what they’re interested in/what they’re doing to help shape their career/how they ended up where they are. And don’t forget, you can always come and speak to us – we’re here to help you figure things out after all!
Spend some time on our website
If you’ve not visited our webpages yet, you’re in for a treat. We’ve got more helpful stuff on there than you can shake a stick at. We’re talking how to handle psychometric testing, practice interview resources, where to look for Midlands-based jobs, advice on overseas placements… we could go on, but we think you should go and see for yourself.
Book an appointment with us
If you need help with any of the above (or something else we haven’t mentioned here. As long as it’s, you know, careers-related) then make it a priority to book an appointment with us through, you guessed it, Aston Futures. We’re always happy to see you, especially if we can help make this year the best one yet.
Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers+Placements