I have studied both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Plymouth University, whilst working in part-time roles on campus and in the city of Plymouth. Studying and working simultaneously has improved my employability skills; I've become more confident, better at public speaking and my time management skills have all improved.
Whilst undertaking postgraduate study I found difficulty in applying for jobs; it's unnatural for me to sell myself on paper since most of my jobs have been in the hospitality sector. To help, I visited careers advisors in the Careers & Employability Hub in the Roland Levinsky Building. Throughout the meetings I learnt how to demonstrate my skills and competencies in a manner that recruiters look for, boosting my confidence in writing CVs and completing application forms. Also on offer are Accelerate workshops which are bookable at http://bit.ly/plymevents, these free workshops range from LinkedIn to psychometric test tips – great for when applying for graduate jobs!
Towards the end of my postgraduate degree, an opportunity arose to work within Plymouth University's Careers & Employability service. Owing to my brilliant experiences with the service, I wanted to help other undergrad and postgrad students who may be less confident in recruitment processes as I was.
In my current role I help co-ordinate Plymouth University's Student Ambassadors who are responsible for welcoming guests on our Open Days and representing the student voice of Plymouth University. This feels natural to be as I used to be a Student Ambassador myself! Further to this, I assist in the management of our new jobs board containing part-time roles from around the city which will suit students alongside their studies.
I have always had a flair for customer service; I get a great sense of pride when I know that I have helped provide a great experience to a customer, or in this scenario, a student. I'm working in a great team and I hope that other students will engage with the Careers & Employability Service – come see us in the Hub!