Why Getting Work Experience During University is a Must
The university might be the best thing that happens in your (young) life, so you want a best of both worlds. It would require your focus on the coursework, and fish and chips (and beer) with your new mates. Nothing like living the moment, yet you may forget something. You need to think about your future. It might be better to look for a part-time job, if not engage in any activity that will hone your soft skills.
If you don't have a deadline to beat, then you can retreat to your own side of your room (if you share it with another student). The same thing applies to an examination or two. Check out your module booklets. Recall your past conversations with your tutor. If you have hanged out with other students, who are likely to be your new mates, then you might have talked about your future. What do you want to do (for the rest of your life)? Is there such a thing as a job for life? Are you secured with your (impressive) academic performance? The answers to the questions can unsettle you, even make you worry about your career options. Let's analyse it further.
Brexit has a part in this matter, casting an uncertain future on Britons. If a four-day-a-week workload won't be assuring enough, then think about that possibility of living with your parents for the next decade or two. You won't mind helping Mum with the household chores, also do any repair in the house (instead of your Dad). And it might be an ideal scenario. (If you don't have mates, if not you're the solitary type of teenager, then this can appeal to you.) There will come a time when you think about having your own space, though. It's still an ultimate dream, which your folks would agree. One of your mates cast a melancholic look when you mention it. He is considering a remote work, far from the continent. He's too young (and too strong) to see the world (and find any job that he can). It's a one-or-the-other thing, which you have second thoughts about.
If you decide to stay in London, then you're about to do a sensible thing. If you're thinking of planning out the next ten years of your (young) life, then you're wise beyond your (teenage) years. And it won't be bad as you think. You can study the interesting structures near Westminster, which you take for granted before. You can explore what's beyond Borough Market. (Your mother mention the buskers, whom she's not a huge fan of. You're curious about them, though.) And you have all the time for walking. The gray sky won't dampen your spirit, and you won't mind greeting tourists with their trolley luggage. There's a catch, though.
You're required to muster self discipline, which prompts you to spend less time in socialising with other students. It's a good thing if you think about the expenses. It doesn't mean that you can't meet new people; you must study your network. It's high time that you expand it, and you should choose those who are working in the university. What's next?
Here Are Your Options
Join a club. You don't have work experience at this point, yet this won't be a hindrance to your desire to stand out in the job market. If you're not a member of any club, then find one. You must look for like-minded teenagers, who share your interests. Don't think it will be a burden to join a book club if you're not a Literature student. You can have one or two more (career) options if you're a bibliophile (or trying to be one). It won't be wise to go to a book store if there's a book sale, though. This is a good excuse to visit the library frequently.
Consider an internship. If you're well enough, then this option may not appeal to you. On the contrary, it would be smart of you to think about your career at this point. You may not have an idea of what you really want to do, if not what field you want to be a part of. It hardly matters at this point, as you want to gain valuable experience. Your time won't be wasted, as you learn many things from internship. Make sure that you can customise it in your CV. You'll get to that part later. Next.
Save as much as you can. This is the most challenging part of your short tenure in the university, which might prompt you to let go of certain luxuries that teenagers can't live without. It might be a subscription to a certain app (if it's not free), also your consumption of beer and pizza. (Fish and chips are included here.) You won't mind the long walks, as you're young (and energetic) to go the distance. Keep in mind that you can get tiresome before you know it. And you have a lecture to attend. You can always count on your parents, but let them know that you're doing your part.
The Value of Career Fairs
A freshman is not prohibited to attend a career fair. As a matter of fact, this is a great opportunity to meet professionals from industries who are looking for the brightest talents. Don't hesitate to approach them, even ask questions about the career you have in mind. And don't forget to ask for their business card. You can email them, thanking them for their time. And you may ask questions that are related to your professional aspirations.
You have a great start there.