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Training and development that you can do from home

Use this opportunity to improve your skills and cross a few things off your to-do list to prepare for your future career.

Get yourself career ready

If you have any queries about your future career, book a meeting with a BU Career Advisor. These 30-minute appointments can be held virtually over phone or skype and are easy to book on MyCareerHub. You can also find out about your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace by completing an online career assessment.

Improve your interview skills

Our BU Career Advisors can host virtual mock interviews - to arrange a practice interview contact for further information. There are also a variety of online resources to help prepare you for an interview – whether virtual or in person – including, e-learning videosthe practice interview tool and the elevator pitch builder. Whether you have an interview soon, or not, learning how to give the best interview you can is a worthwhile skill to master – you will thank yourself for taking the time to improve.

Prepare your CV

Your CV is the best way to sell yourself to a future employer, so getting yours as perfect as it can be is no easy task and will take time.

Whilst at home, why not consider giving yours a freshen up. CareersBU have a host of CV templates included in their guide to CVs and cover letters to give you some inspiration. There are also online learning videos offering advice on how to create a great CV and perfect a cover letter.

Once you have improved your CV, check how well it fairs against others by running it through the CV360 scoring tool.

Build your network on Linkedin

LinkedIn is quickly becoming the place for recruitment, with over 80% of companies reporting to use the networking channel as their primary method of finding new employees. Now might be the perfect time to sign up, give it a go and start making connections. MyCareerHub have resources to help you make the most of LinkedIn as well as a LinkedIn profile checklist to get you started. 

Enhance your skills and knowledge

LinkedIn Learning is now available for all BU students and staff to use. With over 13,000 courses to choose from, you can select online learning courses relevant to your study at BU as well as courses to support the development of vocational skills such as teamworking, leadership and problem solving that will help you in the world of work. 

Volunteer in the community

SUBU have shared many virtual volunteering roles that allow you to help the community without leaving your home. These roles range from one off volunteering days to weekly commitments - there is something for everyone, no matter how busy you are, or where you are located.

Boost your global employability

The Global Talent Programme is an extracurricular award offered at BU that is developed with employers to help you shine, thrive and stand out in the global economy. By signing up you will gain access to several e-learning programmes, resources and digital games under each of the programme badges – Global Citizen, Skilled Practitioner, Collaborative Player and Disciplined Researcher. You will also be able to view video recordings of all the previous on campus events including employer-led workshops, business challenges and global experiences. Engaging in activities online will contribute to final award.

You can sign up for the programme or find out more on the Global Talent Programme webpage.

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Get ahead in the world of business

Free student membership to the Institute of Directors (IoD) will give you access to a range of virtual resources – including business information, training, professional expertise and networking opportunities. To find out more about the Institute and how to apply check the Career Hub IoD webpage.