Your 1st Year Checklist





First Year Checklist

Your first year of university is marvellous fun. A whirlwind, you might say. You're in a new location, with new pals and new classes. It can be a lot to take in! 

It's also really easy to forget about your career after university. Graduating and getting a job can seem like an age away. Not many freshers arrive in halls, suitcases in hand, babbling about how much they're looking forward to getting an internship at some point during their degree. 

Although getting work experience while your at university may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it is actually really important! Why? Well, 54% of graduate hires from organisations that feature in the Top Undergraduate Employers consist of former interns and placement students. 

To put it simply, over half of students who got onto graduate schemes had already worked for their company during their degree. 

It's never been more important to get work experience before you graduate, so we've put together a checklist to help you get this experience! 

You can download your first year checklist below:



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What's in the checklist?

The checklist has been put together to boost your employability and to help you prepare for applying for placements, internships and insights

It covers a wide range of tips and actions for you to complete while your in first year. This includes:

  • UPDATE YOUR CV  Has your CV been changed since you arrived at university? Update it!
  • CREATE A LINKEDIN PROFILE  It's social media for professionals and super useful
  • NAIL THAT 2:1  You'll need to be averaging 2:1 in 1st year to get an internship or placement

There are work experience schemes called insights that specifically designed for first year students. Insights can last anywhere between one and ten days, and take place during the easter break. They're available across most sectors too!

You can apply for an insight between September and March, but the competition for places is fierce so we would advise you start checking for vacancies and begin applying before the new year. 

To give yourself the best chance of getting onto an insight scheme, start completing the checklist ASAP!

You can check for insight vacancies for 2019 here.


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