Written by Jasmine Cattigan
LLB (Hons) Law
Rewind four months and I’ve just started my second year of Uni. One of my first lectures was titled: ‘Careers and Placement Lecture’. It was literally my first day of the new academic year and after just about recovering from first year, I was now having to think about my third year. Cue instant fear. We were introduced to the team and the services BU offer to help us with finding a placement. Little did I know just how important these people and services were going to be for me!
Fast forward two months and placement deadlines were approaching. Had I written my professional CV? No. Had I even looked at placements? No. Did I know what kind of placement I would want to apply for? You guessed it, no. I was unorganised and slightly stressed to say the least.
First thing was first: I had to write my CV. If you’re anything like me, then the very words ‘Curriculum Vitae’ trigger a feeling of internal dread. Even worse than the phrase itself is attempting to write one- and a good one at that. I knew that my professional CV had to be flawless as this is the first thing potential employers will see that represents you -so making a good impression is vital. An interesting point, courtesy of my BU careers advisor, is that employers read hundreds of CVs which they then have to whittle down to, at most, 10 candidates. How do they do this? The tiniest error, whether that be spelling a single word wrong or making the classic mistake of inserting an apostrophe in ‘GCSEs’ will send your CV straight into the ‘nope’ pile.
What skills do I have? Do I even have any Skills? Oh my god I have no skills; were basically my first thoughts when attempting to write my CV. To make sure I actually wrote it properly, I sought advice from my BU careers advisor. After our appointment, I felt much more confident in what I had to do. With every draft I wrote, my careers advisor would discuss it with me and suggest improvements until I produced the perfect one; and it seems to have worked as I have already attained both placement interviews with it!
The advice given by the Careers and Employability Service is really fantastic and any query I had (and I had many!) was always responded to in the most helpful way. As well as this, my careers advisor helped me in choosing which placements I should look into and which are best suited to me in terms of future career aspects and location. This led me to discovering my dream placement on their dedicated website ‘MyCareersHub’ which I am currently applying to now!
In the meantime, I will be making the most of this fantastic team by utilising their mock interview service in preparation for an upcoming interview! Wish me luck!