How I got my placement job role through directly contacting an employer


This week, Psychology student Chloe talks about her experience of securing a placement by directly approaching the employer. She goes into a bit of detail about her role at Virgin Active and how contacting them helped her land an exciting placement position. If you’re struggling to find any advertised opportunities that you’re genuinely interested in, this post can show you an alternative approach to the conventional application process.

The role

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to complete a year placement role unique to any others I had seen advertised. I was given multiple job roles and training with the global company of Virgin Active.  During my placement I was given the opportunity to take up the front of house role, the membership sales consultant role and also shadow and assist the service managers during team meetings and in the work place. The job roles varied but they all required constant face-to-face customer contact. As a consequence I had to quickly develop my communication and customer service skills. All of the job roles were very demanding and thus required me to be able to quickly adapt and be versatile. This is because some days I could switch between all of these three job roles in just one day. Although difficult, I found this very rewarding as the more challenges I overcome in one job role, helped me thrive in another.

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Looking for a placement or internship? Here’s what you need to know



Are you looking for a placement or internship for next year? This post outlines a few key points to be aware of and is equally relevant for those of you looking for any type of work experience.

By far the most common questions I’ve had from students in the first few weeks of this term have been about placements and internships. This is fantastic to see – work experience is so valuable – but a lot of the students I’ve seen have been really stressed out about this.  As such, I thought a quick post on the things you need to know if you’re looking for placements or internships for next year might help. Continue reading

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Getting into… the accounting industry


This week’s blog post by the Accountancy Partnership goes into detail about the accounting industry and lists the skills, experience and specific qualifications that can facilitate getting into the industry. If you are thinking about a career in accounting, but aren’t sure where to start, this post has some useful information and relevant resources to help you out.

The accounting industry isn’t the same as it once was. We should no longer view accountants as number crunchers, because in today’s business world, they have a much larger part to play.

While many accounting roles require similar skills, employers also want accountants to be able to show versatility. This article looks to find out exactly what jobs the accounting industry has, how they’re changing and how you can apply for them.

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How Careers Fairs have helped TPP recruit


Tahmina is a Leeds University History graduate who is now working in Marketing and Communications at TPP – an IT company, specialising in healthcare software. In this post she tells us a bit about the company, and explains how Careers Fairs have aided TPP’s recruitment process. She provides some useful tips on attending careers fairs and getting the most out of the experience.

About TPP

TPP is a Leeds based IT company dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software in the UK and internationally. We moved into our new headquarters in Horsforth earlier this year which houses 600+ staff. With just over 200 employees at the moment, we are having a huge recruitment drive to get talented graduates to be part of this exciting time of growth.

Our focus is on graduate recruitment and most of the people who work at TPP join us straight from university. As such, we place a lot of emphasis on working with universities to find the right people. We advertise on university careers websites, write blogs occasionally and also attend careers fairs.

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How I got my job: Social worker at Frontline



Hilary Dixon, who studied Japanese & Politics at the University of Leeds, joined Frontline’s 2014 Cohort after graduating. Here, she shares her experience as a social worker on the Frontline Programme, and reflects on the support and opportunities the university provided her with.

Social work, day to day

In a typical week I might have visits with children and families in schools, homes or hospitals, and speak to teachers, nurses and other professionals who work with them. This can be challenging but interesting. I think it’s a privilege unique to social work; to be able to have a window into how many different professions operate and to learn about and try to understand the experiences of the families and children living such different lives within the one London borough where I work.

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How I got my job: Placement student at IBM Watson IoT


In this week’s blog post, Hannah, a Leeds University Geography student tells us about her role as a placement student at IBM, how she got the role and what skills and experiences have helped her application stand out. Hannah works in the Watson Internet of Things business unit – IBM Watson. The Internet of Things and number of connected devices is growing daily, so this is a particularly exciting internship opportunity in a developing sector.

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Your careers questions answered #UoLCareerQs


We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.

We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.

Q: What does the Careers Centre do?

We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you.  You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading

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