Relevant work experience, among other qualities is something that many employers highly value from graduates, or more specifically the communication, team-working and problem-solving skills acquired from their work experiences.
However, because of Covid-19, many students last year, this year, and possibly the next year, particularly with placement years could or may have missed out on important opportunities to gain valuable work experience or work-ready skills to help with their employability.
- Encourage and assist students in any year to pursue part-time or temporary work or extra-curricular activities alongside their studies to help them build up their CV and experience.
And taking into consideration of some students who may struggle with their studies, or do not have the time, capacity or commitment for part-time work:
- Increase promotion and encouragement on joining at least 1 university society of their choice to help them build their networks, strong friendships with people, and develop their social skills/ interests to further enrich their university experience.