Boosting your employability
For employers, your academic achievements are only part of the story. Programmes at LUMS are designed to help you develop a range of important employability skills – but there are many other things you can do whilst you are at Lancaster to boost your employability further and make yourself stand out in the graduate job market.
The best thing is, you will have lots of fun and make new friends in the process.
LUSU Involve offers lots of opportunities to work with schools, vulnerable adults and even on international schemes, such as projects in India and Malaysia.
Involve is part of the the Lancaster University Students' Union (LUSU) and works in partnership with Green Lancaster – so if you are interested in environmental volunteering, you can get involved in projects such as supporting a community orchard, maintaining an organic garden, looking after free-range chickens or working on recycling initiatives.
Placement and internships
Placements are an obvious and highly effective way of showing employers just what you are capable of. That is why many of the Lancaster undergraduate degrees include a year in industry as an integral part of the programme.
But even if your degree scheme does not include an integral placement, you can still acquire valuable experience by doing a summer placement or a short-term internship. You will find details of what is available in our Careers Resources Room.
Part-time work while studying
For those who would like to find a job to fit alongside their study, the Students' Union and University Careers provides access to TARGETconnect, with opportunities on campus and in the local area.
Being active, perhaps at an organisational level, within student societies is another good way of acquiring new skills and showing initiative. There is a huge range to choose from at Lancaster, including some with a specific business focus.
Spending time learning about business and life in another country adds hugely to your CV. At Lancaster there are many opportunities to spend time studying abroad – a year, a term or on a special summer school.
The Lancaster Award
Whatever you do, you can keep track of them by undertaking the Lancaster Award. This is a University-wide structured scheme which encourages you to complete a range of activities and helps you to pull them together in one place, so that both you and employers can recognise your accomplishments.