Get some kind of experience - very few employers offer 'relevant experience' opportunities to first year students (there are a few exceptions below), but any experience e.g. part-time work, voluntary work, involvement in clubs and societies helps to develop your skills in ways that are valued by employers.
- Think you might be interested in Banking and Finance?
- Most of the major graduate employers in this sector run "Spring Insight” schemes for first year students. These are a great way to get to know a business and to get fast-tracked into their placement and internship programmes. Examples include: Citi, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, KPMG, Schroders. Find others through websites such as RateMyPlacement.
- Apply for the Stock Market Challenge (usually takes place in late February/early March. Booking will be via MyFuture)
- The Bank of England runs an internship scheme for First Year students.
- Randox Apex programme is targeted at first year students offering work experience throughout your degree. This programme is typically launched during Semester 1. Look out for Randox coming onto campus.
- Interested in Teaching? Teach First run a Taster Programme for Level 1 students.
Start to think about the long-term - there are more 'relevant experience' opportunities available for second year students, but if you don't know what you want to do longer term, it'll be difficult to know which experience is 'relevant' to you.