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5 ways to effectively boost your employability whilst studying at Coventry University

University years are full of studying, having fun, and new experiences. But they are also about improving your employability skills, as these will build the path of your future career. If you are wondering how you can boost those skills whilst studying, here are some ways in how you might do so.

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University years are full of studying, having fun, and new experiences. But they are also about improving your employability skills, as these will build the path of your future career. If you are wondering how you can boost those skills whilst studying, here are some ways in how you might do so.

 

1. Learn a new language

Learning a second language is extremely rewarding as it opens doors to new people, new cultures and it also boosts your employability. According to the Eton Institute's Language Development in the Workforce survey, 89% of the employers interviewed stated that multilingual individuals add value to the workforce. Additionally, 88% of businesses stated that is critical to their success to hire individuals with language skills. If you want to study a new language or to perfect your existing language skills, you can join Coventry University’s foreign language programme, World Languages. You can also get an international qualification to show your knowledge, which will undoubtedly strengthen your CV. To find out more about the programme and its courses, head over to https://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/our-language-programme/

2. Volunteer

Volunteering is such a valuable experience because mostly you get more than you give. Research proves that volunteering boosts necessary employability skills such as communication skills, team-working skills, and problem-solving skills. If you are looking to secure a volunteer role, then join the Volunteering Community of the Students’ Union by visiting the website https://www.cusu.org/volunteering/

3. Get a placement

A work placement provides opportunities and skills that are so important to kick-start your career. It looks great on a CV and you get a taste of the real-world working environment, but most importantly, it gives you transferrable skills. Most of the university’s undergraduate courses offer the opportunity to undertake an additional placement year. But you can also study a work experience based Add+vantage Module. Taught by the Employability Team, these modules expand your skillset and advance your career, whilst studying at Coventry University. For more information on Add+vantage modules, access this link https://www.cusu.org/employability/modules/

4. Take part in networking events

Networking events are a great opportunity to learn and to make connections with professionals or like-minded individuals. They also provide you with an array of skills, such as social skills, public speaking skills, and interpersonal skills. These are crucial for employment as according to a survey conducted by GreatBusinessSchools, 75% of the surveyed professionals value social interaction. At Coventry University, you can attend multiple networking events which will effectively enhance your employability skills. To find and join events, click on this link https://www.cusu.org/whatson/

5. The Leadership award

What is one of the best ways to showcase your skills? By winning an award! The CUSU Leadership Award recognises your participation and efforts in extracurricular activities whilst studying at Coventry University. You may present your skills in a way that future employers can examine both digitally and physically. For more information about the prize and on how to apply, join the free online workshop by clicking on this link https://www.cusu.org/ents/event/5977/

 

As more students graduate with a bachelor's degree, make sure you have what it takes to stay one step ahead of them. Invest in your degree and build your employability abilities, and employers will soon open their doors to you.

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