The Importance Of Non-Curricular Time At Uni

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For all the complaining that students do about the pressures of completing a course in university,
many of us might have quite a different experience. If you find yourself with more free time than you
know what to do with, then it may bear thinking about how to use that time responsibly. Rather than
using it to soothe your head after a particularly dense lecture, it can help improve both your quality
of life and your future career prospects to be productive with that time.


 
Pick up some work
If you don’t strictly have to work to survive when you’re in university, you may wonder why you should.
Even if it’s a pub job, there’s real value to be found in job experience of any kind. More and more
students are coming out of university without a single day of work experience to their name. Even if the
job has nothing to do with the career that you aspire to, it shows that you’re willing to start working
immediately and that you’re familiar with all the conventions of the workplace. What’s more, you pick
up talents like budgeting, time management, and real transferable job skills along the way.


Become part of the team
It’s not all work and no play, either. There’s a very good chance that your university has plenty of
sporting clubs, even for those who weren’t particularly athletic in high-school. Joining a sports club is
an easy way to make some friends, to get that much-needed exercise, and to work off the stress of
your studies. It can another resume booster, too. If you get in a role of authority, you can be in charge
of things like scheduling training, managing transportation and rewarding players with trophies from
places like the Trophies Plus Medals website. Rising through the ranks of a university sports team
might be one of the first leadership experiences you have, showing that you have both the
responsibility and authority that the workplace demands of you.


Get invested in an interest
There’s just as much potential for socialising in many of the societies that your campus has to offer,
too. Finding the people that you share an interest with can be hard in uni, and societies are one of
the best ways to do it. Look at the What Uni website to see examples of the different societies you
can join. Some of them will teach highly valuable academic skills like debating, others can be purely
about the pursuit of an interest, like a cinema society. It can provide some much-needed work-life
balance if you do little else but study, at the moment. What’s more, that level of engagement and
enthusiasm looks impressive to employers, even if it’s not strictly related to the line of work that you
want to get into.
There are plenty of opportunities to use your free time wisely when you’re in university. It’s tempting
to waste it all on hitting the clubs and chilling in your blanket, but this can be the big difference between
being ready for a career and finding yourself woefully unprepared for the real world.

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