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Working on your CV during your studies

During your studies you’ll spend most of your time acquiring new knowledge about your chosen discipline. But it is also important to develop other relevant skills during your student days. Don’t overlook this or leave it to the last minute.

Start working on your CV from your first academic year onwards. This will help you to stand out from the crowd when you start applying for jobs.

Improve your chances of getting the job you want by doing extra activities during your studies, for example:

  • an (extra) internship
  • time abroad (studying or internship)
  • board membership experience with a study/student association or teaching committee
  • a programme at the Honours Academy
  • extra courses, a minor or a second study programme
  • relevant part-time work
  • relevant voluntary work
  • learning job application skills

Take a look at the Career Route Planner on the LU Career Zone, for career preparation activities you can undertake each academic year.

Working on your CV during your study

Your study is an important part of your CV. However, the way your CV will look when you graduate will be determined by the choices you make during your study. 

Think about your options within your study track concerning: 

  • choice of your research projects
  • choice of minor
  • choice of internship for a company or research institute
  • choice to do a part of your study abroad

Extra-curricular activities also determine what your CV will look like. You can think about things like: 

  • choice in part-time job
  • choice to join a student board for a society / club
  • choice for voluntary service work

For some jobs and sectors, a high GPA forms an important part of the selection, for example for traineeships, consultancy or PhD-positions. When you are planning to apply for such positions, it is smart to consider where want to invest your time, whether this is more experience or more time to study. 

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