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Extracurriculars – Crafting the Perfect CV

Published: February 8, 2017

 

We hate to break it to you but having just a college degree on your CV won’t land you a job. While you should definitely give yourself some time to explore the campus and get as much out of your college as possible, you should also start thinking about your future as soon as you get that student card. Believe us, those undergraduate years will fly by, and since pretty much everybody has a degree nowadays what can you do to stand out in the pool of other graduate applicants?

 

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Work experience

Like it or not, the amount of work experience you have had when applying for a job can makes a big difference. And even though it may not seem like you have enough time, university years are the best for trying out different industries and roles – aka extracurricular activities. Spend those years working for different companies and try to figure out your true calling.

 

 

Self-education

Employers love to see an active attitude and initiative. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who know exactly what they want to do when they grow up, immerse yourself in your field of interest. Even if you have no idea where to start, try online courses, read books, go to networking meetings and talk to people. Just do not settle. Your college probably has a number of libraries, there will probably be interesting talks and panels and the teaching staff will most likely include world-class experts. Take advantage of every educational experience you college offers.

 

 

 

University clubs and societies

Getting involved in a club or a society is one of the best extracurricular activities and probably the easiest way to enhance your CV. Most colleges organise fairs and have special websites where you can find one that suits you. Get out there and learn how to organise big events, negotiate with student unions or invite guest speakers to your campus. You can gain valuable skills and have fun with your friends at the same time – it’s a win win!

 

 

See everyone’s favourite girl Rory Gilmore’s extracurricular activities for inspiration here.

 

 

Volunteering

A lot of companies, institutions and start-ups are becoming more and more interested in fostering a safe and friendly environment for their employees. What better way to show them you share the same values by taking a few afternoons every week to help out for free? It might seem like a weird idea, working for free on a student budget.. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, because volunteering very often ends up being an extremely rewarding experience and can serve as a foot into the professional world.

 

 

Article written by Tereza Gladisova, a contributing editor at StudyAdvantage covering stories in education, media and entertainment.

 

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