The Fantastic 4 - How to boost your career during your free time

We all experience the endless process of applying for jobs. It can get tricky to balance your academic workload with the never ending time you spend filling out online forms, and making cover letters. However, if you do see yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands, then we recommend you use that time wisely. Here are four tips on how you can use your free time to boost your career.


1. Get your sport on!

Did you know you can work on your career and get fit at the same time? Well you can, by joining a sports club! The health benefits of exercise are endless and it can help you deal with the stress from your workload as well. 

So now you’re probably thinking ‘Okay, so I’ll get healthier, but why would recruiters care?’. Well, recruiters find it great if you’re part of a sports club! It shows you can work as part of a team plus it’s always a good topic to bring up in an interview. It also shows that you make time for your hobbies, i.e. it indicates you have organisational and time-keeping skills, which recruiters value. Lastly, if you’re part of a team, then you’re effectively networking! Engaging in this can help your career somewhere along the line.


2. Give something back - start volunteering!

Volunteering always looks good to recruiters. It shows you are willing to go the extra mile and that you want to contribute to a cause. The chances to get involved with charities are virtually endless since they are almost always in need of volunteers. If you know any charities, you can take a look at their websites or local stores.

Alternatively, you can check your University website until you find something that makes you tick. Not only will you feel good about yourself, but you will also be enhancing your CV and giving back to your community.


3. Why not start a blog?

Even if you’re not contemplating a career in media/journalism, writing a blog can be beneficial for your career. The only thing to keep in mind is that the blog should be relevant to your dream career area. But if you think about it, this makes sense - a recruiter isn’t particularly interested in your passion for sustainable clothing if you’re looking to work in the field of investment banking. So if you focus your blog around your intended career, it will show your passion and dedication for that profession.


4. Expand your knowledge!

Of course it’s more entertaining to check your Facebook feed every five minutes, but turns out that reading a book can be more helpful for your career. Who would’ve guessed?

If you spend some of your free time reading around the area you’re interested in, you will develop useful knowledge, and maybe even some commercial awareness. That way, when you turn up at an interview, you can show you’re up to date with current events and that you have in-depth knowledge on the subject! This will almost certainly work in your favour.

All in all, just try to make sure that if you’re not applying to jobs, you’re at least still contributing to getting a job somewhere along the line!