Welcome to first years

Posted in: Applications, inspire, Tips & Hints, Work Experience

Welcome to Bath! I really hope you’ve been enjoying your time here and studies so far. You might be thinking it’s far too early to think about your next steps after Bath – and you’d have a point – but taking small steps towards your career along the way can help you feel more confident in your career choices when final year comes and also build the experiences and skills that graduate employers are looking for. So here’s a few quick things you can do to start working towards your time after Bath.

Reflect on yourself
You may already have an idea of what you want to do after your degree, or you may have no idea at all. Whichever end of the scale you’re at is fine, but I would encourage you to spend your first year finding out about yourself - what your strengths and weaknesses are, discover new interests and skills and to seek out opportunities to find out more about yourself. Here are a few ideas for you on how to go about doing that.

Get involved!
There is a huge array of clubs and societies at Bath, everything from films to table tennis or Harry Potter. Join up, discover new interests, meet new people and consider taking on roles of responsibility. Who knows you might discover new skills you didn’t know you had? The Student’s Union also offers lots of different ways to get involved – volunteering, joining a committee or starting a campaign for example. Getting involved with things outside of your course is a great way to get to know people and do something relaxing outside of your studies.

Get work or volunteer experience!
Employers really value the skills gained through work experience, and you can learn a lot about yourself, your strengths and what’s important to you too. There’s a wealth of opportunities available including part-time jobs and volunteering. For further ideas on work experience and internships for first years and how to find it, see our information page and watch our webinar recording. Be aware if you’re interested in spring weeks/ insight programmes for areas such as investment banking or consultancy, you should be looking and applying for opportunities now.

Start writing your CV!
To apply for work experience and volunteering roles, you may need to have an updated CV. So why not start that now? It will also be so much easier to add to the CV later on if you start early. Check out the resources in our Get Started guide on Applications, CVs and cover letters and come to a CV drop-in to get some feedback.

Does all this pique your interest? Get in touch with us
We always have time to talk all things Careers. You can:

• email us on careers@bath.ac.uk
• leave a message to request a call back on 01225 386009
• Come and see us at Careers Helpdesk just near to Fresh.
We also have loads of self-service resources available on our hub for all things Careers - MyFuture.
Most of all, ENJOY your first year at Bath.
Thanks to Hannah Kirby for her original post that some of this content has been based on.

Posted in: Applications, inspire, Tips & Hints, Work Experience


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