July 6, 2021, by Benedict Watson
The University-Affiliated Projects That Can Build Your CV (Part 2)
By Benedict Watson – Student Blogger
In part one of this blog post, I drew attention to some of the great University-affiliated schemes which provide you with work experience and opportunities for skill development. These schemes were:
In part two of this blog post, I will go through some more opportunities that you can take advantage of to build your CV!
Nottingham Advantage Award
The Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) is the University’s free employability scheme which formally recognises your extra-curricular activities in an award and prepares you for the job market. The NAA looks very impressive to employers on a CV or even during an interview! Activities such as volunteering, part-time work, joining a society committee, or being a peer mentor can all contribute to the NAA module, alongside many more possible activities! You can also do specific NAA modules, for example learning a language or developing your employability skills.
Students’ Union Officer
Would you like to gain your first full-time paid role whilst being instrumental in the running of the University? Then becoming a Students’ Union (SU) officer may be for you! The SU offers eight full-time paid officer roles every year, all covering different aspects of University life such as sports, education, and community. There are also six voluntary part-time roles, such as an LGBT+ Officer and International Students’ Officer. All roles are decided through an election which usually takes place in the spring term. Officer roles are a great opportunity to gain work experience whilst remaining at the University, and it shows employers that you have the confidence and people skills to run a successful election campaign!
Welcome Week Mentor
Welcome Week mentors are student volunteers who help new students smoothly settle into life at the University. You may remember them as the friendly faces in pink t-shirts in your Welcome Week! Being a Welcome Week mentor is a great way to show employers your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills and how it doesn’t have an impact on your studies – as it’s over by the time teaching officially starts! It’s also a brilliant way to make new friends and perhaps relive your Welcome Week! Applications have closed for next year’s Welcome Week but will open again in spring 2022.
Running for a committee position in your hall of residence is a fantastic opportunity to have your say on how your hall is run, whilst developing key skills such as managing a budget – this will look great on your CV! The hall committee organises activities for the hall from a given budget. Pizza nights, ice skating trips, or even trips abroad are all possible activities you could choose to organise!
Hopefully, this two-part blog post has given you plenty of ideas of how you can build your CV within the University whilst having lots of fun and meeting new people! The Careers and Employability Service can hep you develop your CV. Check out our making applications webpage with lots of practice resources, or book an appointment with a member of our team.
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