You are aware that if you are an undergraduate, you are getting a HEAR. But do you know how you can use it? We’ve been talking to employers and they’ve suggested three ways you can use your HEAR to get the most out of it both while you are a student and after you graduate.
1. Use it to keep a record of what you’ve done and build a profile of yourself and your achievements
“Keep a record of what you’ve done. You might forget about an activity you’ve done in first year by the time you get to third year and it may be useful information for a job application.” National arts graduate recruiter
Your HEAR is a great tool to use to start to build a profile of yourself and your achievements at Goldsmiths.
There are loads of opportunities to get involved in student life from writing and broadcasting, representing and mentoring your fellow students, to volunteering and activities within your department. In addition to being a good way to meet people outside your course and make friends, getting involved in activities helps you to build the kind of skills and experience that employers are looking for when you graduate.
Students should “be proud of their achievements” Media company
If you are spending time on an activity, why not get recognition on your HEAR?
2. Use it to see what you’ve done and plan what you want to do next
“Students should look at their Interim HEAR at the end of each year and think about what they’ve done and what they could do in the next year.” Tech company
You can see your Interim HEAR when you log into your MyGoldsmiths account, from 1st July every year. It shows your results so far and any activities you’ve asked to be recorded.
Looking at what you’ve done so far can help to highlight where your interests lie and what you have achieved so far.
Students should “reflect and articulate their experiences when they happen rather than at the end of their programme when they are applying for jobs.” International education and cultural organisation
At the end of the year, think about the skills you have gained from your activities. Write down the three main skills you’ve developed.
“Students might have gained a lot of experience that they don’t recognise. Reflecting on what they’ve done and how they’ve benefited from an activity is important so they develop a self-awareness and can relate their experience to future job applications.” Art institution
Things to think about
- What did you gain from doing the activities you did?
- Think about three things you did really well. What surprised you? What big wins did you have? What did you learn about yourself?
- What are your future aspirations?
- What skills and experience do you already have and what do you need?
- Are there any activities you can get involved in now where you can get that experience and build those skills?
Use this to form the basis of your actions for the following year.
“Make goals. Think about what you planned to achieve and what you did or didn’t achieve. Self-analyse – what worked, didn’t work. It’s for the employer, but it’s also personal. The HEAR can help you demonstrate your journey, passions, interests, commitment. Use your HEAR to tell your story.” Marketing agency
3. Use it to help you apply for jobs, work placements and internships
“Looking at the activities you recorded in 6.1 and the skills you’ve gained. How do they help you in the role you are applying for? International tech recruiter
The activities which you have recorded in Section 6.1 are a great way to show how you stand out amongst other graduates applying for the same job.
However, it is important that you are aware of how the skills and experience relate to the job that you are applying for.
Things to think about
- Looking at the descriptions of the activities you have done in Section 6.1, how do they relate to the job you are applying for?
- Are there any examples you can use from your activities to show how you meet the person specification for the job?
- What impact did you make through the things you did? For example, did you run events that increased the membership of a society you set up?
“Use your HEAR as a business card. Tailor your supporting statement on your application to the job and use your HEAR as evidence to back it up.” Local arts employer
When you graduate you will be issued your HEAR as a paper document on official, security sealed paper. You will also be able to download a PDF from your MyGoldsmiths account. You can attach the PDF link to applications or along with your CV and Cover Letter. Your HEAR is an official document with a Goldsmiths stamp and can act as evidence of the things you’ve talked about in your application.
One last piece of advice
“Read it before interviews to give yourself a confidence boost.” Educational organisation
Would you like to talk about how you can get the most out of your HEAR? Book a HEAR Quick Query. Pop into The SPACE to make an appointment (Mon to Thurs – 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 9.30am-2.30pm) or call 020 7919 7137