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Standing Out from the Crowd

We all have our own unique set of skills and abilities. Here’s how to use them to your advantage… (they could even land you a job).

It’s difficult to think about, but part of being at university is coming to terms with the world of work. Whether it’s a summer internship, a third-year placement or the terrifying prospect of graduate employment, it probably seems impossible for you to land the perfect job. Especially when you’re aware that thousands of other students are in the same position. Knowing what makes you different can take you a long way…

Standing Out from the Crowd

Recognise your Strengths and Abilities…

In a society where people are becoming increasingly critical of themselves, this is actually quite hard to do. But there are things you like about yourself, I promise. The easiest way is to work out what you know you enjoy, or what you’ve been complimented on before. Then, focus on maintaining this quality and angling yourself towards opportunities where you can really show it off. As an example, I’ve always loved writing, and taking this opportunity to write for Tyfy has enabled me to showcase my abilities and keep on improving,

Network…

People definitely underestimate how much they can learn from one another. Social skills are a vital aspect of getting ahead in your career- and in life. So, you should try to talk to as many people as you can. No matter who they are, ask questions and show interest. The more people you talk to and make connections with, the more opportunities you’ll be exposed to – and the more you’ll learn. Most Universities hold networking events for careers, so make sure you go to as many as you can and build your network as much as possible.

Standing Out from the Crowd

Take Every Opportunity You Can Get…

Whether it’s joining the University netball team or volunteering for a charity, showing you have skills outside of your studies makes you seem more diverse. This is a quality employers value. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone shows you’re not willing to take a back seat- so if you have the opportunity to do some work experience, take it!

Attitude…

If you have a positive attitude, people will naturally be drawn to you – no one would want to employ someone who complains all the time! Also, confidence is key to standing out – if you’re confident in the right way. Be happy with what makes you different, and be confident that this will help you stand out – but also realise that there is always room for improvement, and that nobody’s perfect. Kindness will always be a huge advantage to you- be nice and you will inevitably go a long way.


At Tyfy, we want to help you stand out from the crowd. We offer you the chance to show off the transferable skills you have that make you unique (and employable) through the easiest means possible – helping out your peers. If you’d like to be able to use our service go fill out this survey – we’ll get in touch with your University and see what we can do.