Mature students

As a mature student entering the job market, you will have more experience under your belt than most graduates and so you need to ensure that you are making the most of your experience and existing skills and use them to your advantage!

How should I talk about my skills and experience?

When highlighting your experience on a job application, for example on your CV, application form, or cover letter, it is important that you think about which transferable skills you have developed or demonstrated in previous roles. Even if your previous experience isn’t necessarily relevant to the opportunity/sector you are applying for, focus on the skills that you can transfer from one to the other.

Take a look at the Transferable Skills Framework to see which skills you may already have and how to develop others.

How much experience should I include?

Try to be as concise as you can, tailoring your application to each opportunity. If you have a lot of previous experience, remember to focus on the roles/experiences most relevant to the opportunity you are applying for.

Where can I go for further support?

The Career Development Service runs a number of workshops during term time including one created specifically for mature students called 'Rewriting your CV: How to sell your previous career experience'. This workshop will go through how to select your most relevant previous experience and highlight the skills and knowledge you gained on your CV. You can book a place on this and other workshops by accessing MyCareers.

We also offer a range of different one-to-one appointment including career coaching, application coaching, and mock interviews. These appointments can also be accessed via MyCareers.

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