4 ways to make the most of your final year at university
Your final year at university is the most important part of your university career.
Whilst you're focusing on your education, you need to make sure that you make the most of the extracurricular opportunities available at your university. Your final year of study is your last chance to take advantage of everything that your university has to offer, look out for any activities that can help to enhance your CV to make you stand out to a potential employer. Here are four ways in which you can make the most out of your last year at university:
1. Attend company talks
Throughout my time at university, I've attended lots of company talks and participated in company treks, these are visits to a company which are organised by the university. Company treks made me more knowledgeable and aware of what employers look for in graduates. If your university offers any opportunities like this, they are a great opportunity to network with professionals.
2. Career mentoring
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In my third year of study, I participated in a Careers Mentoring Scheme which gave me the opportunity to receive mentorship from a professional. Not every university offers this, however, if your institution does provide this then you should look into it because it gives you a direct insight into the day to day life of a professional and it looks great on your CV. You could also ask your mentor to provide you with a reference and give you a positive characteristic for your CV which will impress an employer.
Internships look great on your CV because it shows the potential employer that you're proactive and that you're capable of organising your time well (combining a full-time degree with a part-time internship). Although an internship might not offer any financial benefits, it will make your CV stand out and could even lead to a permanent position. Don't hesitate to email multiple companies about internship opportunities, or if you are feeling brave you could contact professionals on LinkedIn for advice on applying for an internship.
4. Try to get a job working at your university
In my final year, I applied for a number of jobs at my university and managed to get a job as an Open Day Accommodation Ambassador, which involves working on campus during the university open day. Taking advantage of employment opportunities at your university gives you the chance to network and develop your communication skills.