- In an arts degree, you have the flexibility to take many courses out of your major- make the best use of it and explore your interests.
- There is no rigid timeline or internship requirements for the most part, therefore you need to take the initiative to apply for internships and other opportunities.
- Start garnering part-time work experience beginning with Year 2 and try to get actively involved within the University community
- It is essential to form good relationships with your professors, at least two, especially if you want to pursue graduate studies as you will need them to write you recommendations. Make sure you up, close and personal get to know them so that they too, in turn, know you as this will help with them write you a more thorough recommendation.
- DO NOT just focus on academics as you need to demonstrate leadership and initiative-taking skills in your CV, especially as an English major trying to possibly compete with BBA graduates.
Year 1 and 2
- Maintain a good cGPA (3.0 or above) to be eligible for exchange program, overseas and local internships and subsidies in relevance to these two
- Decide whether you want to pursue a minor and start fulfilling the requirements more purposefully
- Shortlist internships and exchange programs that you want to join
- Get involved in campus clubs and societies (AIESEC, Toastmasters, Enactus, etc) and try to form relationships seniors and alumni that you are likely to meet at annual events
- Participate in an exchange program (Preferably first semester so you can get back and start preparing for final year and job hunting)
Recommended to explore career opportunities on exchange, such as attending career talks and fairs as sponsored by host institution, some even have trips to top-tier employers where you can network with HR and other staff (some of whom may be alumni from your exchange institution)
Try to join a fraternity or sorority as they always have networks everywhere, you never know when one may come in handy or be able to provide just the right opportunity
- Apply for internship for the upcoming summer
- Start thinking about Final Year Project (you are recommended to do this if you would like to pursue further studies)
- Focus on doing a good job in your FYP
- Maintain a good cGPA, it might seem tiring at this point but to stand out among other applicants-this is a must
- Teaching posts open later in the year, around December, while PGDE application start in late-October along with other masters programs that start around the same periods
- If you are interested in other industries, keep an eye on your University emails to know about recruitment talks, application reminders and make the effort to do research
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions- ask your professors, seniors, anyone who can help for their advice when you feel overwhelmed or lost
- Polish your CV and Cover Letter, get someone to look at it, possibly in a CV/Cover Letter workshop