Read around your subject too because other subjects will link in to the one you are studying. For example, I studied Business and there is so much which you can link into it, if you have an interest in working in film then start reading about it or teach yourself software on the computer and learn to edit films. As I said, everything links and you might find yourself on the marketing team of the next big movie, setting up your own graphic design company or even being a photographer. Studying Business Studies does not mean you will end up working in finance.. ill say it again... everything links together and the more knowledge and interests you have then the more exciting paths you are going to go down !
Opportunity to take extra classes to learn a language ? Then do it, I think it was £75.00 at my university to do a season of extra language lessons. That is the price of a dress from Topshop, a few nights out or a pair of new shoes.. do the language course ! Get the basics of a language you are interested in, it will encourage you to either continue it or confirm that it’s not right for you. Either way it’s fantastic experience to whack on your CVand maybe even study or work in another country after university.
Volunteering always looks good on your CV, is very rewarding and is good for networking with people and companies.
If sport is your thing then join a team, to have something on your CV that you can say you participated in each week or month is very good. It shows commitment and dedication. You could even join the university newspaper or radio station and if they don’t have one … well don’t sit on your bottom waiting for someone else to start it, you should get up and start one yourself.
Be Proactive !!
I am sorry if this bored some people, but you can actually apply these tips to all walks of life. If you are in a job you hate then book a holiday week and apply for internships for that week, it will look good on your cv to show you are making steps towards what you really want to do. Take an evening course in a language you want to study, your current employer may even support you with this if it could be of benefit to them. There is no harm in asking. You could even take an evening course or look at the Open University to see if studying at home is what you need to do to find a job within the industry you want.
You only live once so make it worth it and do what you want.
Please feel free to leave your own tips and I will feature them in another post.