It can be easy to pretend that Graduation isn’t just around the corner. Whether you’ve just started your journey at Newcastle, or you’re entering your final year, your remaining time at University is sure to fly by. Plus, you’ll have people probing you about your career plans before you’ve even recovered from freshers’ flu. So, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to enhance your career prospects.
Newcastle University Students' Union is here to help prepare you for the big, wide world of work. It offers a range of services: from helping you prepare for interviews, to perfecting your CV, to providing a range of work experience and volunteering opportunities. Getting involved and getting recognised for your achievements will make it easier for you to bag your dream-job. So, if you’re wondering how to stand out to employers, you’re going to want to get involved in NUSU Elections.
As a sabbatical officer, you will represent the student voice. You will be addressing student issues, as well as advocating support systems, societies and sports teams. It will be your duty to ensure that all students, including minorities, are equally represented and supported. This is a role which allows you to incite change and gain the kind of experience employers value.
You may be thinking: being a sabbatical officer has nothing to do with my dream-job. But that’s where you’re wrong. Not just being an officer, but simply campaigning in the elections alone gifts you with a load of the transferable skills that your future potential employer will be looking for.
Seeing the positive impact you have on students will be sure to boost your self-confidence. This will help you kickstart any career, whether you want to be a doctor, an artist or an entrepreneur! So, when your time at University comes to an end, you will not only believe in your own ability to make decisions, but you’ll be accustomed to judging the impact of those decisions— and that’ll get you far!
Wherever you’re wanting to get a foot in, employers will be looking for someone they can rely on. They’re going to pick candidates who have demonstrated their ability to think independently and professionally—who are able to use initiative with great success.
So, if you are wanting to stand out to employers, get involved in NUSU Elections this year. Become job-ready and professional; improve your leadership and communication skills; but most importantly, become confident in your own abilities, and learn something about yourself you didn't know before. It’ll be sure to enhance your career prospects and make your next steps much easier to climb.