Welcome to LJMU! You have just started your journey in higher education, so enjoy university life and make the most of what LJMU and LiverpoolSU offer. When it comes to researching and planning your career, time is on your side, but don’t waste it! It’s never too early to start working on your employability and future career prospects, so here’s a few tips for what to aim for in your first year:
Careers Team website
As a first-year student, our ‘career insights’ for your course and career planning guides for your school, available from the resources page of this website, can give you an initial starting point for researching options with your degree. Pop into your nearest Careers Zone to meet the team, who will be happy to help you with any questions.
Get involved with your student union. You might like to become a course or community rep, or meet students from across LJMU by joining a society or sports club – there’s something for everyone!
Start gaining work experience through volunteering or a part-time job. Check the LJMU Volunteering website for updates on volunteering projects available through LJMU, and research opportunities on the Do It website. Also keep an eye on our events website for details of volunteering fairs taking place each semester. If you’re looking to earn some cash to help you fund your studies, download a copy of our part-time jobs mini guide from the Careers Team website.
First year students only
Attend your ‘CareerSmart: Explore’ session and complete the e-learning module to get your career planning started.
Foundation students only
Research available undergraduate course options, and speak to relevant programme leaders to find out what entry requirements you need to meet in order to progress onto your chosen programme(s). You can arrange an appointment with a Careers Adviser if you would like to discuss career options with different courses first.
How we can help:
- Sign up to Careers Zone 24/7 to look for part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities.
- Attend one of our employability events and recruitment fairs, or meet employers in the Careers Zones. Check our events page for our volunteering fair and events specific to your course.
- Follow the Careers Team on Twitter and Facebook or check out our blog so you don’t miss out on news, useful tips and job adverts.
- Get expert advice from an Employability Adviser on producing a great CV for volunteering, part-time or summer job applications. Call into your nearest Careers Zone or phone the team on 0151 231 2048/3719 to arrange a meeting.
If I had my time at university again, I definitely would have started volunteering and gaining work experience earlier on, as you have much more free time in first year compared to third. Even if you are not sure about which area you want to go into, experience can help you decide.
My advice to current students would be to get involved in things as early as possible. Use all the resources available. It is not just about having a degree anymore; it’s your degree plus whatever else you have to offer. If I were a first-year student again, I would definitely get involved with the student union more. I would also look more at bolstering my CV. I have started to work towards this in my final year but starting earlier would have been better.
I was a member of the LJMU women’s hockey team during my undergraduate degree and benefited from this a lot, especially during my final year as a stress release. It also showed me the importance of maintaining a social life alongside my university work.