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Curious

Curious

People who are curious want to know more. They’re interested in the world and society around them: how things work, what motivates people. They like to learn and explore, and are constantly asking ‘why’?

Employers often look for applicants who have a strong desire to learn, solve problems, ask questions and who are open to change. 

How can you become more curious?

These are just some ideas to help you develop your curiosity, both in your academic life and outside of university. 

Try out new activities  

  • The Students’ Union has a range of options you could get involved in, such as Give It A Go, sports clubs, and Go Volunteer.
  • Get valuable work experience through a flexible term-time internship or a placement year. You could also apply for a virtual internship, eg through Forage or RateMyPlacement, to find out about different roles and sectors.
  • Sign up for a careers module and do something different – from teaching in schools to working on a consultancy project for a local business.
  • Learn something new – from coding to learning a language. Sign up to a free online course, eg through FutureLearn, which offers a wide variety of subject areas.
  • Work freelance, sell a product or create an innovative new service. Get support from our START UP team and come along to events to meet like-minded people.
  • Join a meet-up on a topic you’re interested in.  

Seek out information 

  • Read books or articles unrelated to your field of study and subscribe to educational YouTube channels.
  • Attend a public lecture at the University – there are a wide range of topics and speakers.
  • Go to recruitment events to ask employers about their opportunities and gain employer and sector insights.
  • Use the Academic Skills Kit (ASK) guide to keep up to date with information in your field
  • Speak to people with different backgrounds and viewpoints, and actively listen to what they have to say.
  • Find a mentor and ask them questions about their career, company or industry - see Making Contacts to get started.
  • Visit and explore new places to learn more about them and the people there. 

Related skills: creative, innovative & enterprising; critical thinkerengagedfuture-focused  

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