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How the SU can help you sit on the Iron Throne

Everyone knows that getting your degree is just the first of many steps to landing that great job after University. So, what can you do in the meantime to build up your CV?

There are endless opportunities at the Students’ Union to give you the edge over other candidates who didn’t make the most of the opportunities at their SU when you start applying for jobs. Here are just a few of the opportunities you should be grabbing ASAP:

1. Start or join a Solent SU society

Being part of a society gives you some of those great transferrable skills that employers are looking for. Here are just a handful of skills you can get from being in a committee:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Finance Management
  • Event Planning
  • Time Management

Being in a society is also really fun; you’ll learn these skills without even knowing it! You also have the chance to meet new people you may not have met before. You never know, you may even make some lifelong friends!

We have a lot of societies to choose, from a Doctor Who society to photography society. We also have Sonar Media; our magazine, TV and radio stations.

If there isn’t a society you like the sound of, you can always create your own.

Click here for a list of our current societies

2. Become a course rep

Being elected as a course rep is really rewarding. You get to represent students on your course and work with the SU to fix any problems your course may be having. It also gives you some more of those transferrable skills, such as:

  • Meeting skills
  • Negotiation
  • Building evidence cases
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving

3. Volunteer

We organise many popular volunteering events at the SU, from our Down To Earth Farm visits to our local beach cleans. We are also the first SU in the country to offer the Duke Of Edinburgh award. Volunteering is another great way to make yourself employable! You can gain skills such as:

  • Community outreach
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Organisation

Not only do you get these great skills from volunteering, you are also showing future employers that you go that extra mile. The trips we run are also really enjoyable; it feels good to give back to the community. Volunteering is also something you could put as a hobby on a job application.
 

Key Contacts:

If you are interested in any of these activities, please contact the following people:

Course Reps: su.education@solent.ac.uk
Societies: su.engagement@solent.ac.uk
Volunteering: sarah.then@solent.ac.uk