Students: What To Do Before You Start University

Posted 3 years ago •

You’ve done it! You’ve secured your university place, but while you’re waiting to start – what do you do next?

With all the costs that comes with studying at university, finding a full-time or a part time job could help to give you a safe, secure and regular income along the way.

But during these unprecedented times, you’ll be facing stiff competition which is why it’s important to consider these tips to help you get the perfect job.  



Start searching

Start scouting around for job vacancies online and apply for as many as you can to avoid the peak job-hunting season. If you’re able to, gain experience in an area which is related to the degree you want to study. This is a great way to find out whether a particular career path is for you.

Make sure your CV is on point

When it comes to job searching your CV is paramount. It is often your first introduction to a prospective employer, so it is important that your CV is clear, easy to follow and relevant to the role you are applying for.

Check your details

Always make sure your information is up to date when giving it to potential employers. You don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity just because you changed your mobile number or email. Make sure your email is professional and appropriate.

Search far and wide

You’ve got your CV made up and ready to go. However, you need to get it in front of the right people. Where should you go about doing that?

Job boards These are filled with jobs advertised by companies. You can find job descriptions, salary information and qualifications required to be considered.

Recruitment agencies As a recruitment agency, we work with employers far and wide finding the right people for the job. Our priority is to represent you to these employers, selling your experience and qualifications – that’s why it’s a good idea to get in touch with your local branch

Social Media Platforms such as LinkedIn are specifically used to showcase your skills to employers. To see more on this, see our guide to finding work on social media

Direct contact Think back to what companies you would like to work for – are these companies hiring? Browse their web pages and see what you can find.

Newspapers A little old school but a classic. Businesses still use newspapers to advertise job roles and may provide extra options for you.

If you’re losing track of your applications, make a note of what jobs you applied for, the date and contact details so you can follow up if you have not heard anything.

Handling failure

You might come up against a lot of rejection during your job search, but the key is to keep trying. Unless you're incredibly lucky, most people won't get the job they first applied for. Don't settle for one role and keep pushing until you have a few options available to you.


Good luck in your job search!

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