Congratulations on almost successfully finishing your first year in uni. I hope you have enjoyed the process? Second year is a truly amazing time in uni where everything begins to really hit home, you really begin to learn about your course and the industry you want to get into.
In this post, I would be talking about 5 activities/items you should look forward to and hopefully be actively part of in your second year.
- Societies- It is not too late to become actively involved in a society and even be on the exec (leadership team). Societies like the Aston women in business and AISEC are currently looking for students like you to actively be a part of their team, so do get in touch with them and see where you fit in.
I think it is very important to be part of a society, not only because it looks good on your C.V and gives you one more thing to talk about during interviews but also because I think it is a good form of stress relief. Being an active member in a society, gives you the opportunity to do something productive that doesn’t include having a book in your face trying to figure out how to carry out investment appraisals or whatever the case maybe for you.
- Mentorship- There are so many mentoring schemes you can be a part of during your second year. I have had the opportunity to be both a mentor, and a mentee. My personal favourite mentoring scheme is the Professional mentoring scheme. The Scheme involves business professionals working on a one-to-one basis with a Second Year Aston University student. This scheme has helped me develop my knowledge and professional skills, as well as helped me build a solid foundation of the industry I plan to go into in future. My mentor has also helped me built connection and network with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Through this connections, I have been able to make applications for positions that were not advertised (Bear in mind when applying for your placement that 81% of jobs, are not advertised so having an extra connection helps). As a First Year student you are currently eligible to apply for the next scheme, which will begin in October 2015. Deadline application is the 08th of April. You can find out more about this scheme here: http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/business/mentoring/mentee15/
You can also find out about other mentoring schemes Aston provides by clicking here. http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/get-involved/mentoring-at-aston-university/
- Ambassador- Being an ambassador is a great way to make money and know more about Aston uni. As an ambassador, you get to carry out a lot of activities around Campus that fit within your schedule. Keep an eye out for when the scheme would be open for the 2015/2016 session.
- Placement- It is never too early to start thinking about what you would like to do during the placement year and even looking for opportunities. Use the holidays to start creating contacts, putting yourself out there, researching for positions and even engaging in activities that would set you apart. You can also start applying during the summer holidays as well. This doesn’t guarantee that you will get a job, but applying early gives you a practical taste of the do’s and don’ts. Some big firms like PWC allow you to apply 3 months later if you do not get through the first time. So if you apply really early, you can apply again and again before your second year is over.
- Networking event: There are loads of workshop and seminars that happen during the year. These events help you gain more knowledge about the industry you might be looking to go into as well as the opportunity to meet other people and create great contacts. You can find out about these events by checking Aston Futures as often as you can and sign up for this event.
So, thank you for reading post, and I hope it’s been a little informative if nothing else!
Have a wonder Easter Break 🙂