Making the most of opportunities at University

Juggling your course, social life and a part time job can be tough when you’re at university. This makes it hard to find time to fit in other opportunities that the University of Essex has to offer. I have to admit that in my first year I just focused on my course and part time job and didn’t really ever stop and think about what else the was available to me. So, I’ve made a list of the opportunities and activities that I think are easy to fit in to university life and also can look great on your CV. After all, you’re paying for these with your tuition fees, so you may as well make the most of them!

Check CareerHub

CareerHub is an amazing place to look for opportunities and events. Until this year, I thought it was just for searching for jobs, but I was really wrong! The events section is filled with talks, classes and drop ins that will teach you useful skills and make you even more employable. The best part is that as student you are able to sign up for all of them for free.

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Big Essex award

On the CareerHub website, you can also sign up for the Big Essex Award and it’s really quick and easy to register for. Due to working part time, I already had completed the bronze level activity of the award and just had to attend a workshop and fill in a short evaluation to achieve this.

Take a look at Sam’s post to find out more about the Big Essex Award.

Events

Being part of such an international University means you get to experience a wide variety of events that you may never have had the chance to experience otherwise. From Chinese New Year, to the Holi Festival Of Colours, the University puts on fantastic events that you are able to get involved in, all of which are really accessible when you’re at University. You don’t want to end up regretting not attending them after you graduate, so have a look to see what interests you!

Keep up to date with which events are coming up here.

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Think about work experience

It’s a great idea to gain some work experience whilst studying at University. There are lots of different resources available to you whilst you study at the University of Essex, such as joining VTeam to take part in volunteering projects and Frontrunner placements to gain some graduate level skills.

Take a look at my blog post on how to search for internships for more options on finding work experience.

Societies

Joining a society is something everyone recommends when you come to University and I have to admit that it is something I haven’t done. All of my friends who are in societies absolutely love it and it’s a great way to make new friends and try something new. You can find out all about the societies at The University of Essex here.

Cinema

Cine10 is the on campus cinema that’s really affordable and shows some of the latest releases. It’s located in LTB10 and you can buy tickets online for around £3.50 – a great price for films that have just come out! Tickets are only available for students, so make sure to go at least once before you graduate.

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The scary thing about University is that, for most people, it’s just 3 years of your life. In the whole scheme of things that’s such a short amount of time (even though it feels like I have been at University forever – in a good way). So you really do have to make the most of it whilst you’re here! I hope this post has made you more aware of some of the opportunities that the University has to offer and encouraged you to get more out of your Essex experience!

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