Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: email@example.com
So what’s Gary doing this week?
He’s finding relevant people and organisations and following them on social media.
This is a really quick and easy way to improve your career prospects. Instead of mindlessly scrolling Twitter, do some searches to find influential people in your career sector. Follow them and try to get involved in conversations.
This will build up your commercial awareness skills – one of the most important graduate skills that employers look for. Commercial awareness is basically knowing what’s happening in your sector.
So for example if you are an Occupational Therapy student or graduate, search for local NHS trusts to follow, find out who are the influential voices of OT on social media, and also find out about any Twitter chats you can get involved in (#OTalk for example).
This will help when you start applying for jobs as you will have greater understanding of what’s happening in the sector and the important issues happening now.
Come back next week for another #SummerCareerFix
Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your careers queries.