Written by Guest blogger
My name is Martina Gardeva from Bulgaria, studying the MSc Tourism Management and Marketing programme. As a master’s student, it is very important to start preparing for my future career well in advance of graduation and I am really happy with the career services offered here at BU. Here is an overview of what is on offer.
Workshops: practice and be prepared for the opportunities
One of the best ways to get to know the British professional environment or to get an idea of the job market is through the various types of workshops the university organises. There are events specifically for international students, which I recommend. They are mainly aim at informing you about the culture, the ethics, how you can find a job or a placement in the UK, the different requirements and expectations of employers and so on. All workshops are very interactive and helpful when you are planning to look for a job. Another series of good workshops is offered as part of the Student Talent Employability Engagement Programme (STEEP), in which you practice various types of job-related skills.
Career fairs: meet employers on campus
BU organizes several career fairs throughout the academic year. You can go along and meet employers and even hand in your CV, if there is a company you would like to work for. There are various events for the specific faculties, as well as for part-time jobs and seasonal work. This is useful if you want to spend your summer in Bournemouth earning some money.
Careers advisers: when you don’t know everything
If you feel like you don’t know what to do once you graduate, let me assure you, you are not the only one! A really good option is to go to see a career adviser on campus, who can help you explore the different opportunities and decide on a path to follow.
One of the best services that the University offers is a very detailed explanation and examples on how to write your CV and cover letter, so that you can stand out from the crowd. Everything is on MyCareerHub and is easily accessible. Once you have it written down, you can get it checked by a careers adviser, who will help you improve it and correct any mistakes.
Nail down that job interview!
Another very useful service is the chance to practice for job interviews with someone from the MyCareerHub team. They even have mock assessment centres, which can play a key role in getting you a dream job!
No matter what service you decide to use, be sure that BU has your back and will help you give your best shot at your desired career!
By Martina Gardeva, Bulgaria, MSc Tourism Management, 2017/18