Need experience to get experience? Getting a job should not look like this.
You need to get a competitive edge.
You’ve made a good start if you are already actively involved in the UC community, such as a club or society. Why not go one step further and increase your employability by gaining key skills and experience while you study? Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is the way to go.
Workskills + your graduate profile = ‘got the competitive edge’
UC has created a Graduate Profile : five attributes for UC students to develop that will set you apart from other university graduates.
The first is critical competence in a core academic discipline of your choice
A CCR activity will cover one of more of the other four attributes.
Bicultural competence and confidence>
Employability, innovation and enterprise>
Work readiness skills
Alongside those attributes UC has identified nine of the most important work readiness skills that employers look for in university graduates.
These skills are:
- Initiative and enterprise
- Planning and organising
- Problem solving, Self-management
Together, the workskills and attributes in a CCR activity prepare you for employment in New Zealand and across the globe, give you experience and help you become work ready – with a competitive edge.
Including your printed CCR with your CV shows employers that UC recognises and gives you credit for engaging with the wider UC Community whilst completing your study.
Picture it now – an interview where you have brilliant answers to every STAR (behavioural-based) question.
So get involved with CCR to give yourself a competitive edge. Click here for more information about CCR>
How does the Co-curricular Record actually work? What does it involve? Check out this example from Media and Communication Associate Professor Donald Matheson.
When I was a student at Otago – a few years ago now – I helped run the student green group and wrote for Critic, the student paper. The things we did, like shaming the city council into recycling by running our own street collections, are among the things I remember most about uni and I’m more likely to be in touch with the people I did the things with than from most of my classes. It also set me on the path to journalism.
UC’s Co-curricular Record (CCR) formally recognises the value of those kinds of activities that take place outside the formal curriculum. That recognition is useful job-wise, giving you something else to show employers alongside your marks. But the big thing about the CCR is that there’s now a whole host of opportunities on campus (and some off campus) opening up for you that are well-organised and rewarding.
An example: at the start of this year Star Media approached the Media and Communication department asking if we could suggest some students to help with social media at the City2Surf run. Because of the CCR scheme, we were able to do something better than sending out some volunteers, which can sometimes be a bit vague and unshaped.
The six students who worked with me and Star Media did a bit of research, planned a mini-Instagram-Facebook-Snapchat campaign and then debriefed after the run. It was a good opportunity to take part in a community event and get a taste of one direction their degree might take them. The CCR also had built into it a chance for students to reflect and work out what they wanted to get out of the experience.
In practical terms, they were asked to write a short paragraph that I then signed off on (so the university could say it was a genuine event and there’d been some specific things achieved by them). This minimal paperwork is there to ensure there are standards so that the CCR is credible.
Take a look at the list of current CCR activities here > More are being developed all the time.
Sign up for the CCR here >
My experience with the CCR began in my first year at UC when I began a Student Success Internship on Diversity. My supervisor suggested I sign up to the CCR to gain official recognition for my internship. I was surprised how easy it was to sign up!
One of the greatest moments during my internship was being able to apply what I had learned in my Psychology classes (about the human need to belong) to the Diversity plan I was working on. As a student I think there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that after my degree I will have applicable skills and knowledge I can apply to a career.
Through the CCR there is opportunity to connect with UC staff around campus. This is an enriching experience for both staff and students, and in reality we learn from each other. As a result of such connections I was lucky enough to get a reference for a scholarship to help me when I go on study abroad to UBC in semester 2.
The CCR has been a great way for me to get involved at UC and I would recommend you sign up!