Graduate employers place a lot of emphasis on finding candidates with the right skills and competencies for their organisations. Depending on the career sector and profession you choose to work in, there could be very specific skills, abilities and knowledge needed to do the job. However, complementing these are general competencies and behaviours that are essential for successful working. These are the key employability skills – the core skills that will make you effective at work, whatever job you do. They are sometimes known as transferable skills because you develop them over time and take them with you as your career develops; think of them as your passport to career success. You'll need to draw on your work experience to give evidence of these skills.
Following a professional career after your studies is probably what you're aiming for but don't forget that employers will be looking for applicants with a range of skills and experiences on their CV as well as academic achievements. Participating in extra and co-curricular activities throughout your degree allows you to have fun and make new friends, while at the same time develop employability skills to enhance your chances of finding work after university.
An ideal time to start is your first year; have a look to see what you could do: