Our Ultimate Bucket List for Students: 100 things to do before you leave university
In November, we ran a social media campaign publishing our Ultimate Bucket List for Students. Here are the first 25/100 things to do from our list!
When I reflect on my employability and career progression to date, I have to credit my friends.
Thanks to my friend Damani, I pursued a Master's degree in International Development and Gender Studies – a subject I didn't even know existed before Damani mentioned it to me. And I have to credit my friend Claire, for helping me land my first job, once I had completed my postgraduate studies. It was Claire's tips on how to write a compelling support statement that enabled me to secure an interview for my first "proper job" after university.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Policy-UK’s Forum “Making Every Graduate Employable”. The aim of the forum was to assess some of the successful practices currently used in universities to promote graduate employability, as well as discuss the implications of the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and changes to the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Whilst it would be impossible to transform all my learnings from the forum into a single blog post, in attempt to inform as many different stakeholders as possible, I have assembled a brief list of key recommendations aimed at students, graduates, educators, and higher education institutions, which are inspired by the various presentations and panel discussions from the forum.
There seems to be no reprieve in the endless publication of newspaper articles, employer surveys, and policy papers which argue that current graduates are not sufficiently prepared for the world of work.
For one educator at the University of Brighton, this new year sees the launch of her new web app – SKILLS ON TAP UK – a free, digital tool which enables students to rate themselves against the skills and mindsets most sought by employers, as well as find graduate jobs, schemes, and internships.
The graduates of 2017 are facing an uncertain future. It is probably one of the more challenging and uncertain environments that graduates have experienced since the recession hit cohorts of 2008 and 2009...
As an educator based within the Careers Service at the University of Brighton, every year, I support hundreds of students to develop their employability skills in preparation for the world beyond graduation. One of my tasks is to get those students thinking about the skills and behaviours they have developed during – and alongside – their studies. Why? Because, increasingly, employers are telling us they place as much value on students’ employability skills as they do on their academic qualifications...