Boost your career with LinkedIn

Linkedin and girls

 LinkedIn is  powerful networking tool that can help open doors to opportunities. It is a social networking platform dedicated to the business community where you can build relationship and grow your network. Although LinkedIn is a “Social networking platform”, you have to keep in mind that it is not for posting your selfies or photos of what you had for lunch. Therefore, whether you are a current student, a graduate or an executive, having a LinkedIn profile that is professionally written is fundamental.  Here are some tips given by our career adviser, Alice McDougall about how you can use LinkedIn to your advantage.

First impression is the last impression

Your first step to success is to create a comprehensive personal profile. You need to take time to update your LinkedIn with a killer headline and pick a high quality profile photo representing the best version of you.

Market yourself to potential employers

In addition to your photo and headline, your summary section is key to market yourself to potential employers. LinkedIn provides you with 2000 words to write a personal statement that can grab some attention. Remember to never leave this section blank!

Highlight your education, work experience and skills

This is your chance to showcase an online resume, so take the time to list significant educational and professional experiences on LinkedIn. Use your CV as a reference to fill this section. Further you can also add your skills, whether it is a second language or technical IT skills. You can also emphasize on your hobbies and voluntary works. Because remember, employers look for more than just qualifications in a candidate.

Build a network of professional contacts

It’s easier to start with your immediate network such as your class mates, your lecturers, work colleagues, your alumni or individuals you have at least had a conversation with. However, if you are looking to connect with new prospects, make sure you write an introduction message before adding them or you may appear as creepy or categorised as ‘that random person’ on LinkedIn.

P.S it is also creepy to stalk profiles excessively!

Find your dream job

LinkedIn is a massive job database to every student and job seekers. However, if you are just updating your profile and wait for potential employers to reach out to you, you are completely missing out. In 2014, LinkedIn introduced their Job search app which you can download for free and it offers recommended tailored jobs for you.

There are many more things you can do with LinkedIn such as:

Discover vital recruitment information

Explore relevant industry news

Join ‘groups’ of special interest to you

Join in relevant discussions

If you are a current student at University of Sunderland in London and want to know more about LinkedIn – you can join our sessions delivered by Alice McDougall – Careers, Employability and Enterprise Manager. The next sessions will be on Tuesday 6th June at 12.30 to 13.30 in Room 202 and on Thursday 8th June 13.30 to 14.30 in Room 208.



The University of Sunderland in London is delighted to be partnering with Team COCO

At University of Sunderland in London we constantly strive for opportunities to remind our student body of what they can use their studies for, and the good they can pay back. The COCO motto of ListenLearnSustain is a message we hope all our students can adopt and we now look forward to also encouraging them to get more active for a great cause’. This is a chance to remind ourselves of the positive role education can play in changing lives.

COCO is a charity was founded by our Chancellor Steve Cram, providing education to communities in order to create the opportunity for children to break the cycle of poverty. They are currently working in remote areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The importance of education for children cannot be overstated; education promotes better health, improved self-esteem and the development of skills that are essential for making a living in later life.

For 100 million children across the globe, poverty prevents them accessing the education they so desperately need. You can play your part in helping others to help themselves. People living in poor countries don’t want hand-outs; they want the opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of their families. COCO works closely with local community organisations to ensure that the money that you donate is used to maximum effect to give the poorest families hope for the future.

In this increasingly globalised world in which we live, the needs of the world’s less developed countries are coming closer to our doorstep. Each and every one of us has the potential to change the inequalities of the world. You can play your part, however large or small, in eradicating poverty for the most vulnerable children in the world.”  Steve Cram CBE

University of Sunderland in London has teamed up with them to sponsor their new initiative to get people running for a great cause. All the money raised will benefit their overseas programmes and help in improving the lives of children living in poor communities through education. We are looking forward to donning our running vests and logging our miles too – so stay tuned for more info and the chance to get fit for a great cause!

What makes London the best city for International Students?

According to an article by Forbes (2017), with its plethora of world-leading universities and cultural attractions, London is the first choice for international students. Therefore, we have decided to compile a list of reasons we think make London the best city for International students.

The International Student City

London was also ranked as the 3rd best student city in the world (Telegraph, 2017).  Around 100,000 students come to London each year from approximately 200 different countries. With this large number of students travelling to the city it helps in maintaining the diversity which contributes to the vibrant and buzzing atmosphere. Therefore, it increases your opportunity to mingle and network with people from around the world.

Improve your spoken English

English language doesn’t always need to be learned in a classroom. Studying in London is a great way for you to progress in your conversational English abilities. The more you converse with other people in English, the more fluent you will get.

The multicultural experience

London is home to over 5000 museums and galleries including some of the oldest and most famous buildings in the world. The British Museum, the Royal Opera house, the Tate Modern and many more. The city also offers a vast collection of street food markets, restaurants, cafés and even food festivals which allow you to have tastes from every corner of the world.

London is a lively city

There is always something new to try in London – parties, plays, musicals, festivals, museums, pop-up bars and new social media trends. It’s impossible to get bored in London.  Whenever, you feel too overwhelmed you can still rest in one of the lush parks of London that hide beautiful landscapes, a variety of plants and animals.

Transport connectivity and accessibility

You can reach almost anywhere with the London’s fast tube system with around 270 stations that are accessible by foot in most places.  As a student you can get an Oyster card with 30% off all your fares.  Moreover, with the several airports in London and affordable airlines such as Ryanair or Easy Jets, there is no destination that’s out of bounds to you.

Work opportunities

As a student in London, you will have the possibility to work for 20 hours weekly with your Tier 4 visa. London is also known for the number of affluent industries such as fashion, media, finance, hospitality which increase your chances for internships and placement as you finish your degree. Furthermore, with a London degree, no matter where you go in the world, you can be sure to be in high in demand.

You can also read about – Why University of Sunderland in London is right for you?