Developing Employability Skills
Endah Tche : Politics and International Relations
I have always known the importance of social events and joining clubs in personal development throughout my education. I found that joining clubs helps you develop life skills that always filter down into employability skills: you can start and uphold conversations, form opinions on topics, and learn how to communicate with others. University, especially first year, is a great time to practice this and fill up your CV with valuable skills. Establishing friendships in and outside the classroom has helped me have a worthwhile experience thus far. Making friends within your course with people who maybe know more about the subject than you will benefit you. Hearing them talk casually about topics and information from lectures will influence you and hopefully help retain educational information.
Participation is the easiest way to boost employability. I participate in the political committee, ACS (Afro-Caribbean society), and netball society. Being part of social clubs and committees will provide you with a plethora of skills by committing yourself to them. A weekly meeting on teams shows employers that you are an organized and dedicated person; planning events with your committees displays teamwork skills and shows that you can hit deadlines or be hard working. By explaining how you achieved your CV skills, you can have an impressive CV and increase your employability. Even though these things are volunteering activities without salary, your skills and interest show your future employer the type of person you are.
Nearing the end of my first year, I decided to take one of my interests and turn it into a business. I love hair and beauty, so I decided to start a hair business creating wigs, from Loughborough students to editorial magazines to models. I started this business during lockdown and exam season. University taught me a lot about developing organizational skills, which allowed me to balance the two responsibilities and put effort into both activities. Starting a business has given me customer service, marketing, communication, and creative skills, which I can now add to my CV. I did not realize how many skills I was developing until I wrote my CV. I am currently applying for internships and pursuing my business.
Student, BA in Politics and International Relations