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7:36am 10 Jun 2020

How to develop yourself whilst you are studying at BCU

What can I do while I am at BCU to develop my career prospects?

  • Develop your skills and experience as well as gaining experience to develop your skills, make the most of opportunities offered by to develop your skillset, such as working towards your Graduate+ awards and taking advantage of your free access to the broad range of courses on LinkedIn Learning.
  • Voluntary work, work experience and work placements in the UK
  • Work experience abroad -  Global Placement, Erasmus Intern
  • Use Prospects to identify jobsites relating to particular job areas
  • Find Part-time work on wesbites such as Unitemps, OpportUNIty and Indeed 
  • Work towards your Graduate+ awards
  • Take on positions of responsibility e.g. student ambassador, captain of sports team, society committee member
  • Join clubs / societies and take an active role
  • Develop your network of useful contacts – e.g. BCU alumni working where you want to be or alumni from other UK universities of interest (find on LinkedIn)
  • Attend international student events – check out the What’s on pages on this website regularly and keep informed of what’s happening around the UK via UKCISA
  • Develop a global mindset and competencies
  • Be open to new experiences and ideas
  • Learn to accept different perspectives
  • Try different learning methods
  • Develop cultural awareness
  • Enhance your language skills
  • For information on the key competencies essential as a global graduate, see pages 7-11 of the “Global Graduates into Global Leaders” report produced by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, the National Centre for Universities and Business, and CFE Research and Consulting.
  • Make the most of Careers+ services
  • Attend our employer events to meet employers and find out what they’re looking for – take a look at the Events section on this website for details
  • Work with your faculty employability team to identify relevant work experience opportunities
  • Get help with your CV and interview skills through our resources on this website, use CV360 for instant feedback on your CV and/or booking a 1-to-1 appointment.
  • What to include in a UK CV
  • Get help planning your career development by booking an appointment with a Careers Consultant.
  • Improve your UK job and course applications through enhancing your English language skills.  You can book onto an English Language support workshop with BCU’s Centre for Academic Success or attend one of their drop-ins.
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