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: Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, EY, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, KPMG, Schroders. Find others through websites such as RateMyPlacement.
- Apply for the Stock Market Challenge (usually takes place in late Frebruary/early March. Booking will be via MyFuture)
- The Bank of England runs an internship scheme for First Year students.
- 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' opportunties 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. First year is a good time to start to explore career options. If nothing seems of interest in that list, try these 10 tips for identifying and exploring your career options.