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The importance of work experience during university

You will probably engage in different types of work during university and it’s really important that you do, as the majority of graduate employers want to see work experience hand-in-hand with a good degree. 

Many students work part-time to finance their studies. As you progress through university, we strongly encourage you to get work experience relating to your course or career aspirations – whether paid or unpaid. This will be invaluable when you begin your graduate jobs search as up to 71% of graduate jobs are filled by the placement students from their placement organisation (RateMyPlacement website 2014).

Your course may have an assessed placement embedded in the curriculum, which is great. If not, we would still recommend that you look for some experience to enable you to apply theoretical knowledge to a real workplace, whilst gaining professional experience and graduate skills.

Funding for unpaid work experience

Solent University has funding to help students undertake unpaid work experience.

Finding work or placements

We advertise a wide range of opportunities on Solent Graduate Jobs. Get to it from the 'Find a job' tab on the employability home page.

Check out the separate pages we have created on finding placements related to your choice of occupation and course areas. But please be proactive by searching for jobs yourself, and by networking or making speculative applications.

Placement handout

Work in Southampton or on campus at the University

The majority of students have part-time work locally in retail, hospitality, catering, care, leisure or tourism. Look in the city centre or areas such as Shirley, Portswood and Bitterne which are all within a few miles of Solent.

Every year a thousand students work in the University across campus, earning at least the minimum wage. Roles include work in the library, finance, marketing, accommodation, events and media.

Every experience of work you have is preparing you to stand out from the crowd and will build up contacts which could lead to a permanent job.

Help with your CV

CVs are an important part of the job search process. In fact, so important that we've given them a section of the Portal, including tips on using social media to get your CV to a wider audience. Don't forget that we offer a daily drop in for CV and job advice in Mountbatten Library.

Get our useful CV advice, including our CV booklet

Page last updated on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 1.52pm.

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