Your second year

After your first year you will have gained experience and settled into university life and its challenges. To help you through your second year we have created a collection of activites and guides that will further boost your studies and develop your skills.

Semester one

Make even more of your time at University. Assuming you got involved in clubs, societies and volunteering in year one, year two can be a time to take more responsibility. Aim to get elected to positions of responsibility – build further employability skills including leadership, team working and much more besides. 

Planning a Professional Training placement or Summer internship

Work experience can be key to future career success. Did you know a third of graduate vacancies are filled by candidates who had already worked for that organisation? You can read more in our finding work experience listed in information leaflets. Most recruiters will offer some form of work placement and often they will target students completing their second year of study. 

Steps you need to take:

  • PTY students should speak to their department about possible opportunities
  • Collect directories of major recruiters from the Employability & Careers Centre
  • Attend the Career and Placement Fair – a great chance to network with over 100 recruiters
  • Identify closing dates and prioritise your applications.  Many recruiters will require applications before Christmas and some significantly earlier
  • Attend career presentations and workshops – these can give you lots of help with applications, interviews and assessment centres
  • Use video clips available on the Employability & Careers Centre website for further help with the job selection process
  • Consider arranging a mock interview – this can be with a Careers Adviser (just book an appointment in the normal way) – there are also a limited number of appointments with visiting recruiters

Semester two

If at first you don’t succeed

  • If you are still looking for a summer placement or internship now may be the time to think about contacting smaller employers
  • Many opportunities are never advertised so start making your search more active by contacting potential employers directly – have a look at The Hidden Job Market which discusses networking and speculative applications.  Find it under Finding Vacancies in our list of information leaflets 

 Build your network

  • Finding opportunities to meet with people working in your chosen profession is a great way to understand the realities of the career – information that can really help at future interviews. In addition, networking can lead to future work experience or even job offers
  • Networking can involve face-to-face meetings – careers events or personal contacts are two examples
  • LinkedIn is an excellent way to network with people working in a career that interests you
  • Make sure you develop a professional LinkedIn profile and join groups that could benefit you

Summer vacation

  • Make the most of your professional training year or summer placement
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain experience and take responsibility
  • Keep a diary to remind yourself of everything you achieve
  • Reflect on the skills you gain and use our Effective CVs and Covering Letters leaflet to enhance both your CV and your LinkedIn profile

Contact us

Find us

Address
Employability and Careers Centre
Philip Marchant Building
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH