How To Make Networking as Easy as ABC

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 This week, Beth from Inspiring Interns talks about a topic that has become increasingly important for job seekers today – networking.  She gives lots of useful tips on how to make networking easier, and how to be more confident at networking events.

A = Attendance

The first thing you need to do to be a networker? Show up at networking events. Just being in the room is half the battle won – people may even come talk to you!

B = Body Language

Always look someone in the eye when you’re talking to them. Don’t cross your arms – it looks standoffish. And smile!

C = Confidence

Fake it till you make it actually works – stand tall and act confident, and people will believe it. Remember the absolute worst thing that can happen is that someone will say they don’t want to talk to you. And that makes them rude.

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How I started my own business: WayWest Design

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This week, Jack, a New Media graduate talks about his experience of setting up his own business, WayWest Design – he explains how the Enterprise opportunities at the University have helped him throughout his entrepreneurial journey and what benefits this experience has brought him. If you’re interested in starting your own business, read on and don’t forget to check out the Leeds University Start up Service page on our website for more information.

About my business:

I’m Jack Weston, founding Director at WayWest Design. We provide expert services in Web and App Development, Digital Design and Illustration, Photography, Videography, Motion Graphics, SEO Consultancy, Marketing Consultancy & Digital and Marketing Strategy to our worldwide client base. Our purpose is to deliver specialist knowledge in our field as well as maintaining a personal quality for our clients.

WayWest was established whilst I was still studying at the University of Leeds. I have always had passion for design so I began designing logos, graphics and websites for friends and family members free of charge in order to gain experience and add to my portfolio. From there, I was recommended to people and businesses outside of my network, rapidly increasing my profile and has spiraled into the successful business that it is today.

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Getting into… the PR industry

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Lucy, HR assistant at PR company PHA media talks about what steps you can take to kick start your career in the PR industry, whether you have a relevant degree or not. If you’re interested in a career in PR, read on and don’t forget you can come and talk to us for additional guidance.

The PR industry is exciting, fast-paced and always on the lookout for graduate talent.

PR has something for everyone. Whether you are a creative media graduate, an English student with a flair for writing, or a sports fan with an interest in events. Many graduates are considering a career in PR because of its wide subject area, it’s focus on creating exciting news pieces, and the fact that no two days are the same.

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How I started my own business – Rocio and Mercedes from ResearcherSkills

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This week, Mercedes and Rocio talk about starting their own business – the online platform ResearcherSkills, and offer some helpful tips for students who are interested in staring their own business. They reflect on their entrepreneurial journey, and explain how the University’s start up service SPARK has helped them. If you’re interested in start-up, stay tuned – the ‘How I started my own business’ series will feature blog posts from different UoL start-up businesses throughout the year.

Our business:

We are the team behind ResearcherSkills, the online platform that allows scientists from any discipline to connect, collaborate and outsource research-related services.

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My Experience as an Office and Admin Volunteer for The Forgotten Heroes

Sarah, a final year Medical Sciences student talks about her experience as an Office and admin volunteer for The Forgotten Heroes. She found this role in the Opportunities section of the Leeds for Life website – she encourages all students to take up volunteering alongside their studies and talks about how her volunteering role has helped her develop valuable skills and enhance her CV.

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The Role

I started working in the The Forgotten Heroes charity office for a couple of hours a week in early September and so far it has been a fun, interesting but mostly rewarding experience. I decided to volunteer with The Forgotten Heroes to enhance my CV as I previously had no office experience and since working here I have learnt a huge number skills. I spend my time in the office updating our social media sites and website as well as contacting other organisations and stock taking.

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How I Got My Job – Working in digital & starting my own business

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This week, Tom, a Digital Media graduate, talks about his experience working in digital and how his course helped him gain skills that are sought after by  employers in this field of work. He gives useful tips and advice for anyone looking to get into digital and explains what inspired him to consequently start his own business.

My name is Tom and I run my own online affiliate business – Decking Hero. We provide advice for DIY enthusiasts and help them to find the best price for their tools & supplies.

Looking back, I would say my career is more something I ‘fell’ into rather than actively pursuing! I hadn’t always known what I’d wanted to do after university, but once I found myself working in a digital agency I knew I’d found something I loved to do.

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Resilience: The Most Important Thing You Can Take From Your Job Applications

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In this post, we are discussing resilience, and why it is such an important skill to take from your placement, internship or graduate job search. It’s a skill that is not only useful in the job-hunt process and professional life, but in day-to-day life as well. Read on to find out why.

The job-hunt process – a thought to strike fear into any sane finalist. For many students, job applications will be their first experience of real, actual failure. You thought that stellar academics and hard work would land you the job of your dreams. But the real world is more complex than that and, fifty applications down the line, things aren’t looking good. You feel lost and powerless; the last thing you want to do is write another cover letter.

The answer? Knuckle down and get on with it. Because the first thing this experience should teach you is the importance of resilience.

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