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Top 5 things you can do in your first month that will help you throughout your degree

Careers accreditation Monday 12 October 2015

We've put together a list of the top 5 things you can do during your first month at university that will help you throughout your degree.

Register with the Employability Hub and Hope Works

Employability Hub

With approximately 70 applications submitted for every graduate job, the need for careers and employability support for students has never been greater. This is why we have invested in the University’s first Employability Hub. The sole focus of the Hub is to make Hope students and graduates more attractive to employers.

Through the Hub the student as a main point of contact for all things work related including temporary work, work experience, Volunteering projects, International Exchange, graduate schemes, mock interviews, Careers Express, guest speakers, professional networking opportunities and much more.

If you would like to know more about the Hub please contact the Employability Hub:

T: 0151 291 2032 

E: hub@hope.ac.uk

Hope Works

Hope Works is a specialist campus-based recruitment agency serving students, graduates, alumni and the local community.

As well as managing the temporary staffing recruitment needs of departments and faculties within the University, Hope Works provides recruitment solutions for local and national businesses.

We have access to a wealth of skilled, talented, work-ready students and graduates, students seeking temporary work and experienced external candidates who are also actively seeking employment.

The diversity of our applicant base means Hope Works can successfully recruit across many business sectors including IT, management, engineering, marketing, science, design, business and much more.

If you would like to find out more about Hope Works please contact The Hub:

T: 0151 291 2032

E: hub@hope.ac.uk

 

Get to know your tutors’ research interests

It may seem like a while off yet, but your dissertation in your third year will be one of the most important pieces of work you will ever do, so it’s a really good idea to plan ahead.

We recommend that you get to know your tutors’ interests early so that you can start planning what topic you want your dissertation to be on. Tutors are always available to talk to either via email, phone or their office hours. You can also check out the Staff Index to see what research areas your tutors are interested in.

Speaking to your tutors in your department also gives you a good head start if you’re thinking about postgraduate study once you’ve finished your undergraduate degree. There’s more postgraduate information available here.

 

Get to know the local area

Liverpool is a city like no other. From world famous architecture and magnificent museums, to music legends revolutionising popular culture, Liverpool has always been a hub of creativity. Through spectacular festivals, dramatic sporting attractions and unique art, the city continues to be a gateway for UK culture, attracting millions of visitors every year. There is something for everyone in what is officially the UK's friendliest city.

Liverpool is just a short walk away from our Creative Campus and a 20 minute bus journey away from our Hope Park campus.

There’s also lots to do in the surrounding areas of our Hope Park Campus. Calderstones Park, Sefton Park and Princes Park are all close by and are a perfect place to spend a few hours with your friends.

There’s plenty of shops to visit to with Allerton Road, Smithdown Road and Lark Lane all close to campus.

Find out more about Liverpool by visiting the it’s liverpool website.

 

Join a club or society

University is a place where you have the opportunity to learn and progress in your chosen subject area, while under the tuition and guidance of experts in the field. This alone makes the student life more than worthwhile, but even better are the opportunities offered by Clubs & Societies; the opportunity for life-long friendships, sporting success and personal growth.

 5 reasons to join a Club or Society:

  1. Social: The most common way for people to bond in a university environment is through Clubs & Societies that are set up by students and supported by the union. Membership offers you the opportunity to meet people with common interests.
  2. Enrichment: Being part of a student led Clubs & Societies can be an enriching experience. You owe it to yourself to at least try them out.
  3. Healthy life style: Clubs & Societies promote healthy living via exercise and being social.
  4. Networking: You will have the opportunity to meet and network with other people with similar interests, forming working partnerships, lifelong friends or even finding that special one.
  5. Extra-Curricular: They look great on applications, setting you apart from the crowd and helping towards that dream job.

Why not try something new, you might just find something that stays with you throughout your entire life.

Find out more about the wide variety of clubs and societies at Liverpool Hope by visiting the Students’ Union website.

 

Find out about personal development opportunities and study abroad

There are a range of things you can get involved with during your time at Liverpool Hope to enhance your university experience whilst improving your CV at the same time.

Volunteering

The University encourages students to seek out opportunities for volunteering. This is a fantastic addition to your CV and will provide you with a range of skills to prepare you for your future careers.

You will be encourage to join the Liverpool Hope Service and Leadership Award (SALA) – an extra-curricular programme designed to recognise the value of your voluntary work.

Global Hope

As part of the SALA you will be given the opportunity to volunteer in developing countries around the world through Global Hope. This charity supports a range of educational communities in places including India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, South Africa, Brazil and Uganda.

Teams of students and staff travel to these countries to work on specific projects which could see you, for example, working in a school or orphanage alongside local staff. You are provided with training on cultural issues, health and safety abroad, dimensions of poverty and planning for overseas projects.

International Exchange

We encourage all students to study abroad during their degree. We have a significant number of partnerships with other universities around the world, particularly in North America and Europe.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester as an optional part of your degree. Students participating in EU-funded schemes, such as Erasmus, can receive supplementary grants to complete a period of study or work placement in another European country.

For more details about how you can apply, visit our Study Abroad webpages.

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