Mature Students - Top Tips for Mature Students
Discuss your ideas with a careers advisor when you first begin at university; do not wait until your final exams are looming! Merely having your degree does not guarantee employment, and so it is important that you are aware of how to optimise your chances. Guidance regarding your choice of course and development of extra-curricular activities will help lead towards viable career options.
Nurture contacts from previous jobs - they may be able to help you in your new career direction
Identify the transferable skills (communication, organisation, team work, problem solving etc) you have developed in your previous work and in your degree. Highlight these in your CV, in application forms and in interviews.
Accentuate your experience of previous working environments; you know all about working for a living.
Remind employers that experience counts when making effective business decisions; sell the fact that you have the experience of which younger graduates dream.
Challenge and confront prejudice - but don't presume that it is always a factor.
Emphasise your ability and flexibility to work in a mixed age environment.
Convey your reliability and loyalty
Why see a careers advisor?
Careers advice is the support offered by qualified and experienced advisors to help you work through the process of career choice. It is free, impartial, confidential, and is focused on your individual needs. Career guidance can help you clarify where you are, help you to identify what you need to do next, and how to go about it.
Whether you are considering employment or further study, it is often helpful to talk to a careers advisor before you plan your next course of action.
You don't have to know what you want to do before seeing an adviser. Simply having a discussion can help you to generate ideas, explore options and help you decide what you want from a career.
Typical queries include:
- Assistance with identifying your skills, abilities, and matching career profiles
- Information on specific employment opportunities or further study options
- CV advice and reviews, and help with job applications and interview techniques
Patsy Ryan is the Careers Adviser for mature students. For more information, you can contact her on 061 234227, or email email@example.com. Her office is located at DM031 in the main building.