When you’re looking for a job, you have to find a job advertisement, then write an application and a CV, and then attend a job interview. To some, it may sound banal, to others it may sound overwhelming. No matter what the case is, we have made guides to take you every step of the way. These are also included in the e-books below. Most people would like to position themselves favorably when entering the labor market, and there are luckily several things you can do – also while studying.
Gain the upper hand
When looking for a job, the first step is to consider what you want, what your competencies are and what experience you have – and then make the connection between these. Experience and competencies are not all-important, but they can have a decisive impact on your chances compared to other candidates applying for the same job.
To gain the upper hand in your job search and become a strong candidate for a job, there are plenty of things you can do during your studies.
During your studies, you can...
Browse your study program webpage to get an idea of how you can shape your profile. A great way to do so is through the choices you make during your studies. It’s a good idea to seize the opportunities you have. You can sign up for career-oriented courses or collaborate with a company, e.g.:
- An internship/project-oriented study.
- A project collaboration, e.g. bachelor project or thesis collaboration with a company.
- Courses that have case-based learning or are career-oriented.
Through these activities, you get useful and relevant experience. You also get the chance to find out how your skills acquired throughout your studies are transferable outside the university. It can be difficult to explain what you can do with your education if you haven’t actually tried it. Read more about how your choices during your studies influence your future career.
In addition to the skills you’ve gained from your education, a potential employer will also be very interested in your additional experience. This can be from e.g.:
- Student job(s).
Focus on what you’d like to learn and become skilled in. Far from everyone knows exactly what their ‘dream job’ is, and you don’t have to have a specific job in mind. But you likely have an idea of what you’d enjoy doing or know what fields you’ll find interesting or would be good at. We recommend checking out a job advertisement within the area of work you’d be interested in and get a sense of what the employers are looking for. Is there a match between these and your competencies? In general, the best way to gain experience and develop new competencies is through practice. This means seeking out opportunities to learn, practice and reflect. No matter what, experience outside and/or in connection with your education is valuable. Read more about how you find an internship or a student job.
Who can help you with your job search?
Are you about to look/apply for a job or an internship? We are here to help you with your job search. To get you off to a good start, we have created e-books with comprehensive guides that take you through every step.