I could be rich by now if I had a dollar for every time a student said to me…  “Oh, I kept meaning to go to careers, but I was too busy between classes and my part-time jobs and anyway I wasn’t finishing yet.”

Right now we have a number of students coming in asking about summer internships.  A very common misconception is that you can apply for a summer internship just before summer starts.  Did you know that in March of each year a number of summer internships are on offer which start at the end of the year?  Yes, that’s right, if you don’t apply in March for some of the positions, by the time November comes around they are all taken up.

And what if you haven’t had a great year, and not really enjoying your studies – are you just going to shrug your shoulders and re-enrol without much thought?

Maybe you’ve been applying for jobs and not getting anywhere…how do you know that your CV is up to scratch?

Who are you  anyway?  What type of personality do you have?  What skills do you enjoy using?  Can you talk to people about what you have learned at university?  Can you take that learning and apply it outside the university – into the world of work?

Career planning and job hunting – most students put this in the ‘too hard’ basket.  Sounds all too serious and when thinking about it randomly springs to life (because maybe your parents might have mentioned it), it lasts for just a fleeting moment and is discarded back into the bottom of the basket only to re-surface when you are about to graduate or have run out of things to graduate from!

Sometimes you might feel that everyone around you has some idea of where they are headed.  You may be overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to find out what to do with the rest of your life.  You may react to feeling pressured about making final decisions that you are not ready to make.

Does any of this sound like you?  If so, you are not alone!  We see many, many students who have little, or no idea, about what to do or where to start.

What are you waiting for?  Walk, cycle, ride or drive your way to the Careers office.  Bring a friend (or two) if you like.  What you will find…

  • Friendly, qualified , professional staff who care about YOU
  • Non-judgmental staff with whom you can share your thoughts, ideas, values, dreams
  • Tools that can help you to identify skills, your personality type and career options
  • Help with identifying barriers or gaps to success
  • Help with finding work experience or volunteering in the community
  • Programmes that develop leadership and employability skills
  • Tips on looking for work, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews

Look for us at 14 Kelburn Parade, call us on 463-5393 or email us at careers-service@vuw.ac.nz.  If you are registered on CareerHub (and if you are not, you should be!) you can book an appointment right on CareerHub:  http://careerhub.victoria.ac.nz

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