University is the bridge from high-school to real world. It’s the time when you study hard, make lifelong friends and prepare yourself for the rest of your working life. But university isn’t just the middleman in all of this. The lessons you learn in university are absolutely vital for your future, and can help boost your potential to get a job after uni finishes. But if all you can list on your resume when applying for post-graduate positions is your degree, then you’ve got some serious work to do. University taught you a lot more than just how to spell the name of your course. Everything from joining clubs and societies, to working in a part-time uni job, all contribute to skills worthy of your CV. It’s time to rethink your uni years, and revamp your resume accordingly.

University lessons for your CV

Coursework – Don’t underestimate the importance of all those subjects you’ve studied over the years. There will be plenty of subjects that will be relevant to add to your resume. Add a section in your resume entitled ‘Relevant Coursework’. This is where you can incorporate useful skills learnt at uni into your CV. If you’re applying for a job with Channel 10 and you did a unit on video production, add it to the list. If at some point you switched degrees, consider how your prior subjects may be relevant for the jobs you’re applying for. Just because you dropped commerce, doesn’t mean those business skills won’t come in handy in as a law student.

universityPart-time work – The one thing that will take up as much time as your university studies is work. Part-time work might seem irrelevant, and simply a way to pay the rent, but don’t discount the skills you picked up along the way. Waiting on tables might seem trivial, but working with customers, managing conflict and prioritising tasks are skills very worthy of a CV. Similarly, if you increased sales, met targets or was awarded employee of the month, employers will want to hear about your dedication to employment throughout your time at uni.

Campus life – It’s understood that social events tend to take priority over leadership or fundraising roles. There will, however, be those rare occasions where you got involved, and this is what you need to focus on. Upon graduating university, you’ll have an abundance of relevant skills and experiences that will make you a more desirable candidate. These are the skills you should be sharing. Remember that week you spent volunteering for refugees, mucking around with friends in some cool t-shirts? Well, you probably organised events, assisted disadvantaged communities and championed a cause passionately. Or when you campaigned for a friend running for a uni leadership position? You would have dedicated countless hours to something you cared about, demonstrated people skills and worked with a team to achieve a goal. Whatever it is you’re doing on campus, think about how it can be relevant for future employers. Join clubs and societies, take on executive roles, plan events and volunteer. You may not spend the entire length of your degree running around campus with a placard and a megaphone, but employers will see your willingness to get involved.


University is a time for new friends, fun experiences and the occasional lecture or tutorial. But there are a lot of things that happen during uni that can help you find post-graduate employment. Simply listing your qualifications as the only thing you got out of four years at uni won’t be enough to impress employers. Thousands of people graduate from university each year, so you have to have a competitive edge. Showing hiring managers that you made the most of every opportunity given to you will make more than just a good impression. By digging deep, and finding relevant skills you acquired during your studies, you’ll be a much more impressive employee than the kid who can only list straight HD’s.

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