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6 things you could be doing in your free time

We all know that getting a good degree is important, but it’s not everything. When you graduate, you need to find ways to stand out from other graduates: what makes you different? What makes you a stronger candidate? We’ve compiled a list of things you should be doing in your free time that will help you boost your cv get the most out of university.

Earn money and get a part-time job

Obviously, the immediate benefit of getting a part-time job is that you can earn money, which you can save or spend as you please. But the most valuable, long-term benefit is how it will boost your CV and make you more employable. After graduation, employers really like to know about the transferable skills you’ve developed from your time in work; taking examples from times you’ve demonstrated leadership skills, or how you can work in a fast paced environment. Having some experience, whether its related to the career you want to go in or not, is essential to have examples to draw from and to help you stand out from the crowd.

Looking for work now? Regardless of your course and experience, we have some paid, flexible opportunities for you to work in local schools. 


Volunteering might not sound all that exciting until you’re one of the many volunteers who has done it! Nottingham Trent University offers many volunteering opportunities, both in your local community and around the globe.  

In volunteering, not only will you be making a difference to the lives of a variety of people, young and old, but have the opportunity to; make new friends, experience new cultures, pick up new skills and boost your cv.

And it doesn’t stop at that. For example, did you know you can combine your passion for sport and volunteering? Click here to find out more.

Write a blog/vlog

Writing a blog or crafting your own YouTube content is more than just being creative. It’s learning how to create for your audience, keeping them captivated, and learning how to market and promote your content. Not only might you learn a bit about digital marketing, but you’ll develop on transferable skills like your communication and written skills. 

Interested in using your student experience to inspire others? We’d love to have you Blog or Vlog for us about your student experience. Contact us and we’ll get back to you ASAP.


Exploring the world obviously sounds like a lot of fun, as daunting as it might be to get started with! But it’s a great way of learning about other cultures, developing confidence and independence, and an opportunity to learn a new language.

There are lots of ways to do this, by exploring the Erasmus programme, volunteering abroad, or just travelling in your summer holidays with friends or alone. You may be entitled to financial support to help cover some of your costs of international travel with Nottingham Trent Volunteering.


Not only are internships a great way to be recognised by your potential employer, but they are the best way to explore what you really want to do, and figuring out what you really don’t! The employability team at NTU will be able to support you in your search for a placement and may be able to provide you with some financial support if you undertake an unpaid internship if you fit the criteria.

Join societies and sports clubs

The perfect way to have some downtime during your hectic student life. Joining sports clubs and societies can talk a lot about your character to a potential employer. For example, your level of engagement, your commitment, your ability to pick up a new skill, how competitive you might be, and if (quite literally), you are a ‘team player’.

Blog Administrator. Currently ran by co-author Emilia Denis. Emilia has studied Fashion Communication and Promotion at NTU between years 2017 and 2020.

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