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Volunteering in My First Year: How I Found Experience for My CV

By Anabel Robson, first year, BA History The first time I put together my CV, I realised that I was severely lacking in experience. I needed something that would make me stand out. So, I decided to spend my summer volunteering and found a great opportunity with the National Trust. I volunteered at Chartwell, the …

Why You Should Be Thinking About a Placement In Your First Year

By Bethany Ramshaw, second-year studying animal sciences As the snow continues to fall, summer may seem far away. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to think about a placement. Short-term, work-experience style placements are ideal for the summer. They keep your mind working over those months away, and help you begin to build up …

How the International Work Experience Grant Funded My Month in Sri Lanka

by Abigail Bennetts, third-year, psychology student Two weeks after finishing my second-year exams, I flew out to Sri Lanka to spend five weeks living in jungle surroundings on a mental health placement.  One of the best parts of it all? The Careers and Employability Service awarded me £750 towards my trip through the International Work …

Tracking Big Cats in the Amazon: Work Experience with a Difference

By Cyan Turner, final-year, zoology Are you interested in undertaking work experience in another country, but worried about cost? The International Work Experience Grant can offer up to £750 to support you. Designed to help students take up work experience opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford, the grant will support expenses such as …

What Teaching Nursery School in Zambia Taught Me

By Isabel Bos, second year, sociology and social policy Are you interested in undertaking work experience in another country, but worried about cost? If so, the International Work Experience Grant can offer up to £750 to support you. Designed to help students take up work experience opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford, the …

My Summer Volunteering in Fiji (and How You Can Do It Too!)

By Maggie Brina, second-year mathematics student Last summer, I jumped at the opportunity to spend the summer volunteering in Fiji with Think Pacific. Looking back at my time, there are so many highlights, challenges and unique experiences that I’ll never forget. Arriving on the first day in the village was surreal. We travelled by motor boat …

Your Questions Answered: Working as an English Teacher Abroad

By Alice Gould, LLB (Hons) Law with European Law (2016) In April of this year I was very excited to find out that my first ever assessment day had been successful. This meant that in a few months’ time I would be teaching in China. Fast forward seven months and I’ve been through a terrifying visa …

Can’t Decide on a Career? Three Reasons to Apply for an Internship

By Claire Kilroy, Inspiring Interns Some people have their whole lives planned out; they know what they want to do, how they’re going to get what they want, and by the time they get to university they’re already halfway there. Then there are the rest of us, who arrive at and sometimes even leave university with …

Not for Profit: Eat, Sleep, Change World, Repeat [Part One]

By Mike Walker, student blogger When you switch on the news, you can’t help but be bombarded with huge world issues: injustice, poverty, inequality and massive global phenomena. It can be hard ignore. Do you want to do something, anything, but don’t know where to start? In this post, I’m going to share some of practical lessons I’ve …

Five Transferable Skills You’ll Gain as a Student Representative

By Alice Gould, student blogger It’s impossible to avoid elections at this time of year. Be it people blocking the entrance to Hallward with their campaigns for Student Union office or societies constantly asking for applications for next year’s committee. While these are both great opportunities, if campaigning isn’t for you, they are not the only option. I was the Publicity Officer for The …