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What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

So this feels weird to type, but this is my final week of university! On the 31st I have my exhibition and then I’m done. I’m nervous for my exhibition but at the same time, I can’t wait to do it because then I can relax.

So, what comes next? Well for me, I’m getting a job for six months and then in January 2023, I start my teacher training with the University of Birmingham. However, I only knew that was what I was going to be doing about two months ago! So, if you’re reading this thinking you have no idea what’s after university for you, don’t panic! I’m going to tell you a few things you can do so that you’re prepared, no matter what you decide to do.

No matter what you want to do when you finish studying, chances are you’re going to need a CV. I have a generic CV on my laptop which I then tailor depending on the job I’m going for. It’s really important that you don’t just send out a generic CV, you need to make sure you’re mentioning the skills that the job advert has mentioned. Hired have great CV resources, they have a CV builder and checker! I have also sent a couple of CVs to Hired and have received very helpful feedback. Make the most of them!

Getting experience can seem a bit pointless if you don’t know what you want to do, right? Wrong! No experience is bad, even if it has nothing to do with what you end up doing. Getting experience gives you so much more to talk about at an interview. You gain teamworking skills, organisational skills, time management skills… the list goes on and on! So if you don’t have any experience, make sure you get some – even if it’s just a couple of weeks during the summer.

Build your confidence. This is something that will help you in the future, no matter what you go on to do. At University College Birmingham you are more than likely to get an opportunity to have a ‘practice interview’ – I had one in my Employability in Practice module. This may seem pointless at the time, and I won’t lie, it did for me too! But having done it, I completely understand the value in it. I now know what to expect in a serious graduate interview and my confidence has massively grown. If you don’t have this opportunity in the course you’re on, get in touch with Hired – if you have an important interview coming up, they will be happy to do a practice interview with you.

Even if you have no clue what you want to do after university, it doesn’t mean you can’t be preparing anyway! Eventually, you’ll know what you want to do and if you make sure you’re prepared, it’ll be much less stressful.

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