Getting the most out of your university experience means taking part in activities outside of your academic studies. Whether you have a part-time job, volunteer in the community, have a side business or write for student media, by doing these activities, you develop valuable experience and transferable skills. It’s important to recognise them and record them somewhere, but if you can’t record them on your HEAR, where should they be recorded?
You can use your HEAR to record and gain official recognition for the activities you take part in that are run by Goldsmiths. For activities that fall outside of what’s recognised on the HEAR, here are two things you can do.
Record them on your CV
If you are doing part time work, volunteering at an organisation outside of Goldsmiths or doing any other activities you can record them on your CV.
Tips for writing a good CV
- Tailor your CV to suit the job you are applying for
- Identify the skills and experience that the employer is looking for
- Think of examples that prove you meet the job requirements and incorporate them into the most relevant sections/s of your CV. Make sure you have provided evidence for every job requirement.
For more help and guidance, including example CVs for different purposes, check out the CV resources on the Careers Service area of learn.gold.
If, once you’ve put your CV together, you would like some feedback, you can make an appointment to see one of our CV Advisers in the Careers Service. Pop into The SPACE in the RHB Room 180 or telephone 020 7919 7137 to make an appointment.
Do the Gold Award
The Gold Award is our personal and professional development award and is run by the Careers Service. It runs over an academic year and helps you to reflect on the skills and experience you gain from the activities you do. You can include things like part-time work, volunteering, setting up a business and more as part of it. You can record your Gold Award on your HEAR, so you can capture all the activities that can’t be directly recorded on your HEAR through the Gold Award and gain recognition on your HEAR.
All of these are useful tools to present yourself when you apply for jobs, placements, internships or future study. But they are only useful if you can talk about the skills and experience you have gained from doing the activities recorded on them. If you fill your CV or your HEAR with activities, but you can’t identify the skills you’ve gained and match them with the description of the job you are applying for, how can an employer see that you are suitable for the job?
Make a habit of reflecting on what you’ve gained from the activities you do. You might be surprised at the skills and experience you are developing from activities you might think of as just a hobby or something you just love doing.
If you’d like to talk about your HEAR, contact the HEAR Coordinator HEAR@gold.ac.uk
If you are interested in taking part in the Gold Award, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like some career advice and guidance, pop into the Careers Service or contact email@example.com