What you do outside of lectures can be just as important for your future career. Make sure you consider what’s available after class when you’re deciding what to study.
Clubs and societies
You’ll meet lots of new people. As well as making friends, you’ll be building your network. You’ll also learn new skills and try things that aren’t covered by your course. You could take on responsibilities and learn about things like planning, budgeting or marketing.
This looks great on your CV, and can help you stand out in a crowd with the same qualifications.
Getting experience while you’re at uni or college means more to put on your CV. You could take on part-time jobs, volunteering placements or summer internships. Some courses also offer work placements fitted in to your studies.
These help you develop some of the transferable skills which employers love to see. It can also be a chance to get a start and make some connections in your industry.
Work or study abroad
Working or studying abroad while you're at college or uni can also be great to add to your CV. You'll be gaining skills that employers look for, including communication skills. Research shows this can help you to find work sooner, and get better paid employment too.
While it might not be possible to study abroad right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, British Council support schemes to fund and organise work or study abroad. Keep checking their website for the latest information and guidance.