Uni and Careers—navigating the end of my studies

Uni and Careers—navigating the end of my studies

In this two-part blog, student Ayash Nair explains how he’s used Wellington Careers and Employment tools to maximise his potential in the graduate job market.

Kia ora, I’m Ayash Nair and I’m in my final year here. As many of you will be thinking about what to do after graduation, or are just planning ahead, I wanted to share my experience. In particular, I found the tools from Careers and Employment have really helped in structuring my applications for both legal and non-legal grad roles and opportunities.

It’s fair to say I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do for a career when I first applied for uni after high school. I generally knew what I liked—based on the subjects I enjoyed at school (maths wasn’t one of them)—but I didn’t have any set career plans.

I ended up working out a simple strategy—play to my strengths and stick to what I’m good at. Things like research, reading, and analysis were among the things I liked, but I hadn’t really worked on how to effectively express them when completing job applications in my first few years of study.

It wasn’t until late last year that I took active steps in sorting out my CV and cover letter skills using advice from Wellington Careers and Employment’s online Career Centre.

The Online Career Centre dashboard lets users navigate sections easily. The platform is only accessible to currently enrolled students.

CVs, cover letters and online resources

Having talked to most of my mates about career-building tools, we all felt that CareerHub was the best place to start. I’ve always found it accessible and user-friendly, from basic stuff—like the multiple search options—to the more detailed descriptions and requirements that some organisations ask for. I found this really useful for scoping out potential roles.

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the range of tools, modules, and options that the new online Career Centre offers. Sections are neatly grouped under headings like ‘CVs and Cover Letters’, ‘Searching for Jobs’, ‘Interviews and Selection’, ‘Career Possibilities’, and others. This gives you a clear idea of what specific advice and tips to expect at different stages of your personal application process.

One great feature of it is that it caters to different types of users. If you’re someone who prefers visual based engagement then there are plenty of modules to suit you, like ‘CV Builder’, ‘CV samples’, those based on your personality and skills, and heaps more. From there, you can really begin to brainstorm ideas.

The CV 360 module has clearly structured sections, each honing the different areas of building your CV.

People who prefer to be more actively engaged with these tools also have a fantastic option in ‘CV360’, the University’s primary online CV engagement tool. CV360 does a lot more than just give a basic overview of your CV. I found specific advice on structure, like phrasing, and content, as well as general word count, spacing and spelling/grammar. These things are important for shaping key areas of a CV.

The tailored (and quick) advice from CV360 gave me a lot more to think about in terms of presentation and structure to express what I wanted to say through a one page or two page document in the most efficient and effective way. I found a lot of use in having the feedback from CV360 as a sort of baseline in taking the next step in working on my CV.

Check out the next blog in my careers series, Interviews and job selection

Ayash Nair is studying towards a conjoint Law & Arts degree, majoring in International Relations and History, and minoring in Political Science.

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