Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well and are ready for the holidays.
With the first term coming to an end, I wanted to make a short post regarding job searching and how to manage it during your time at Aston. Like many of my colleagues, I’ve been entirely too busy with coursework to put much effort into my job search. Whether that be looking for a part-time job or an internship for Term 3, I simply haven’t had the time to sit down and really look into what is out there. Fortunately (and hopefully), this is about to change.
With just two weeks until the term is over, I’m hoping to begin looking into vacancies and sending out my CV. While I am excited about this, I can’t help but feel I’m behind some of my peers, as I’ve heard a handful of them discussing their internships or interviews. After attending some discussions with the career services members, I’ve decided that I’m not necessarily behind in the process, but I do need to act quickly before I get to that point.
In my personal opinion, I think I’ve taken a good approach to my postgraduate experience thus far. Before the term started, I told myself I would focus the majority of my attention on academics; learning the system and making sure to keep up with all the work. As I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from the modules, I wanted to be sure I was as prepared as possible for anything that was handed to me. Now that I know what to expect from the courses, I feel I can dedicate more time during Winter break and the remaining terms to my looking for open positions.
With that being said, I haven’t completely neglected my job search efforts. Thanks to the talks and workshops hosted by Career Services and Graduate Advantage, I’ve been able to learn what to expect and how to get started with the process. Career Services is Aston’s department dedicated to helping with all things career related. From CV and cover letter support, to job fairs and events, they are your go-to source when it comes to looking for work. Graduate Advantage is an organisation that works very closely with Aston to help students in their job search. I won’t go into much detail about them, but if you would like to find out more information you can visit their website here. Both of these sources are invaluable when it comes to looking for opportunities. Not only are the people extremely knowledgeable, they are very willing and open to help you anyway they can!
If there is any point I want you to take from this post it’s that, when it comes to balancing coursework and job searching, you have to know what you want to get out of your time at Aston. If you are just wanting to get top marks, then focus your attention on the assignments. If you are only concerned with finding the perfect job, then that should be where you allocate the majority of your efforts. There’s not necessarily a right answer here, it’s more about knowing yourself and working towards whatever is important to you. No matter what you choose, just remember that there are plenty of great people and resources here to help you!
If you have any questions about career services here at Aston feel free to ask! If I can’t help you, I will get you in contact with someone who can.
Thanks for reading!