Preparing for your first year

Core Career Skills
25 - 30 minutes Easy Shelly O'Gilvie
Your first year at university is a great time to discover what interests you and what your strengths and weaknesses are. However, it is essential to be thinking about your career in first year and where you may heading. It doesn't need to be difficult and if you follow the advice we give in this module, you'll be well on your way to success, and you'll be thanking yourself in final year.
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Shelly O'Gilvie
Shelly O'Gilvie
Bright Network, Campus Manager
Shelly joined Bright Network with a passion and drive for ensuring that every student, no matter their background, has access to the best opportunities. She's a specialist in working with students on campus to make the most of their time at university, by visiting campuses to run training sessions, and helping societies reach out to their members and engage them in careers.
1. Why is preparation important?
Discover why first year is an important time to start thinking about your career and how this can set you ahead of the competition.
1 - 2 minutes
2. Approaching your career
Now is the time to start exploring your skills, your interests and how you can start shaping your career. In this video, Josh shares his top tips on what you should be thinking about and how you can uncover your career goals and your dream career.
2 - 3 minutes
3. Your first year guide
A career bucket list of activities you should complete in your first year. It's an interactive sheet so keep it updated throughout the year!
15 - 20 minutes
4. Your online presence
The essentials you'll need to be able to get off to a flying start in your career.
3 - 4 minutes
5. A guide to your LinkedIn
Hope you found Josh's tips helpful. In addition, we've created a step-by-step guide for creating a stand out LinkedIn so you will be impressing employers from day 1.
25 - 30 minutes
6. Make the most out of university
Thinking about your career doesn't have to be all insight days and work experience, you can be doing things which you enjoy throughout your first year which will really boost your career. Here are just a few ways you can be increasing your employability on campus!
2 - 3 minutes
7. Reading list
We hope you are feeling ready for thinking about your career during your first year at university. We've collated a few of our favourite books, podcasts, blogs and TV shows which think will benefit your university career - take a look and see what's for you!
5 - 10 minutes
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