Careers Service



Being engaged is all about taking part and making the most of opportunities – whether that’s being fully committed to your degree or being actively involved in extra-curricular activities.

How can you demonstrate engagement?

These are just some examples of what you can do while you’re at Newcastle.

On your course

  • Be a committed team member on a group project, focusing on achieving the team’s aims and objectives.
  • Try new things and be open to learning new skills. Read books that aren’t on the reading list, take an extra-credit module to learn a new language, or teach pupils in schools on our Career Development Module. You can get academic credit for your placement year with our Careers Service Placement Year Module.
  • Ask for help when needed and apply what you’ve learned. In return, give feedback and constructive criticism when appropriate.
  • Represent your School or your course, working with University staff to create positive change for students.

Outside your course

  • Undertake work experience. It doesn’t need to be related to your degree subject, but it can show an employer that you’re keen to develop your skills within a workplace environment.
  • Become a mentor, helping to support other students socially and academically, for example, through the Peer Mentoring programme or FutureMe Mentor scheme.
  • Be a student ambassador, inspiring young people, while representing and promoting Newcastle University.
  • Work as a community rep to help enrich the local community and increase student involvement in it.
  • Join a sports club and commit to training regularly.
  • Create or join a society and take an active role in it.
  • Get involved with student media at Newcastle, writing for the Courier or working with Newcastle Student Radio, to discuss topics and issues you and your peers are interested in.
  • Show engagement in your career development, for example, networking and speaking to employers at recruitment eventsattending a careers workshop; or improving your CV or interview technique with the help of the Careers Service.
  • Volunteer, for example, fundraising for a charity, doing some conservation work or teaching English to refugees or school children.
  • Register for the ncl+ Award to gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities and reflect on the skills you’ve gained.

 Related skills: curiouscreative, innovative & enterprisingfuture-focusedconfident

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