Your success matters to us at Edge Hill. Which is why we create as many opportunities as possible to help you grow as a person, start thinking about your future and to stand out as a graduate.
We’re in the UK top 10 for job prospects for a reason (Whatuni awards, 2020). With paid roles, placements, studying abroad and the chance to learn a new language at your fingertips, there are so many ways you can boost your employability whilst studying with us. Here are just a few things you can consider to expand your opportunities, boost your employability and have fun along the way.
Impress employers with relevant work experience
Employability is at the heart of everything we do. This is why most courses include compulsory placements as part of your degree or as an optional opportunity to apply your skills in a real-life setting. This shows employers that you already have the work experience they are looking for and puts you ahead of the crowd once you graduate. Many courses offer sandwich years as a long-term placement over 9-12 months. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, some employers even treat you as a paid employee.
I’ve secured a placement within an NHS community mental health team. I’ll be spending a year there working with a range of professional which will be really useful for thinking about what I want to do in the future.Shaun Oliver, BSc (Hons) Psychology student
Take advantage of industry connections
Where placements are not essential, you can opt to go on placement, volunteer or apply for internships. Securing experience is easy with our wide network of industry connections spanning a range of sectors, from business and health to media and sport. Whichever route you go down, you’ll come away with specific examples of projects or responsibilities you can talk about in interviews and job applications.
Up your skillset learning a new language
Whether just for fun or to boost your career, there’s no doubt that learning a foreign language is a valuable skill that can have huge benefits. Just being able to say ‘hello’ in a different language helps break down barriers when studying, travelling or working overseas. It opens up job markets, improves your communication skills and makes you more attractive to employers. At Edge Hill, you can choose language modules as part of your course, follow our Language Steps programme or join our Conversation Exchange Scheme.
Broaden your horizons by studying abroad
The world is your oyster before you even graduate. Many courses offer study abroad and exchange opportunities, giving you the chance to work or study in another country as part of your degree. It’s a great way to grow your network and explore a new culture. A perfect conversation starter at interviews. Some students study abroad for a semester. Others, a whole year. Whichever you choose, you’ll return with fresh industry insights, new friends and more confidence.
While studying in Denmark was the highlight of my degree, I have found the whole of my university experience to be very positive. The lecturers are great, and always in touch, including when I was abroad. I never felt alone.Chloe Grundy, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies student
Fulfil your potential with funding opportunities
If you’ve excelled academically or made a difference in an area beyond your studies, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Some are awarded automatically, others you apply for. You could also benefit from bursaries depending on your previous experience and what you study. And it’s entirely up to you what you do with the money. Or perhaps you have an innovative idea but need the funds to make it happen? Our Student Opportunity Fund offers up to £2,000 to support an employment enhancing activity and develop your transferable skills.
Get a head start with career support
It’s never too early to start thinking about your career options. The Careers team can help develop your skills and explore different ways you can stand out. Network at Recruitment Fairs. Benefit from mock interviews and CV writing workshops. Attend a graduate masterclass. Or challenge yourself at Edge Hill with our Extra Edge Award. There are lots of ways you can get a head start – and if you still need help once you graduate, we’ll be there to support you for three years after you’ve left.
If you’re new to university life, do your research and weigh up your options. What opportunities will help get you to where you where to be and what will you enjoy?
For more information you can get in touch with us or why not speak to a current student to hear about their experiences. Make sure you grab every opportunity with both hands – after all, you only regret the things you don’t do.