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How can I gain experience?

The best way to work out what experience is right for you is to review the Transferable Skills Framework. By understanding where you have gaps in your skills, you can select an opportunity to help you develop.

Students' Union

Paid work and other opportunities

Find out more about the part time work opportunities available through Unitemps – the university’s official student recruitment agency. You can also find paid work opportunities through MyCareers.

During this lockdown period, you can also find out about other activities and opportunities you can get involved in to gain experience - click here to find out more!

SocietiesStudent groups and societies

With over 200 clubs and societies to choose from, there’s a wide range of activities you could get involved with, including sports teams, craft clubs and improv comedy! These can help build all sorts of transferable skills like teamwork, attention to detail and communication, which you are likely to need when applying for graduate opportunities.


Make a DifferenceVolunteering

Whether it’s at a food bank, a youth club or fundraising, volunteering looks great to potential employers, demonstrating key skills such as leadership, problem solving and organisation.

Our Make a Difference Weeks are an opportunity for students to make a positive difference through supporting causes that impact the local community. They are one-off activities that don’t require ongoing commitment, giving you the opportunity to gain experience and support your personal development, well-being and sense of community. During this lockdown period, you can also find out volunteering opportunities you can complete from the comfort of your own home or complete our Make A Difference Week feedback survey.

The Students’ Union also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, which you can access here.

Peer mentoring

The academic year of 2020/21 will be the fourth year of the peer mentoring scheme. A scheme where every first year student is provided with a mentor in order to help them settle into university life. Peer mentors can be in second year or above and will support students by attending department welcome events and sending a series of emails throughout the first term to tell them about life on campus, what student support is available and passing on their experiences of living in Leicester. You can find out more about this opportunity and how to get involved on the Students' Union website.


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