Monthly Archives: September 2012

What you need to know about graduate schemes for 2013 – Autumn Career Essentials

We’ve had lots of questions this week about applications for graduate schemes.  Graduate schemes are structured programmes, often with larger companies, targeting recent graduates. They range from a year to three years, combining work and training and can often lead to a permanent position within an organisation.

When are the deadlines for 2013 graduate schemes?  How many should I apply for?

The main application window for graduate schemes is from September to December, recruiting for applicants to start the following year, but there are always exceptions.  So, checking deadlines for individual organisations is crucial.  As for how many remember it is quality over quantity. Graduate schemes are competitive and the recruiter will want to see that you have spent time researching their organisation and are able to articulate why you would be a good fit.  In other words, you’re more likely to be successful with between Continue reading

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Your careers questions answered!

We’ve loved Freshers week, meeting so many new (and returning) students around campus. As promised last week, we’ve been keeping a note of all your questions and have answered some which we’ve been asked most this week (below, in no particular order).

1. Where is the Careers Centre?

5-7 Cromer Terrace, just 2 minutes walk from the Students’ Union.


2. Where can I find a part-time job?

Leeds University Union runs the fantastic Joblink which advertises heaps of part-time job opportunities.  If you need help with your application for part-time work, pop in and see us at the Careers Centre.

3. Do you advertise job vacancies?

Yes! We work with employers locally, nationally and internationally and advertise hundreds of opportunities on our vacancy system

4. Do you only help with jobs for after I’ve graduated?

Nope, we also advertise placement and internship opportunities and can help you find other work experience opportunities, as well as all the other services listed in question 10 below.

5. Do you help students find internships and placements?

Yes! Whilst we can’t find placements for individual students, we do advertise hundreds on our vacancy system and can advise you on other ways to identify opportunities, as well as support you at all stages of the application process.

6. Do you help international students?

Yes, we support all students at the University of Leeds, whether you are an international student, undergraduate, postgraduate, or researcher, and whether your are studying full-or part-time, as well as offering support once you’ve graduated.

7. How do I find out about options for when I’ve finished university?

Talk to us! There are loads of options open to you and we can talk these through to help you identify what might be best for you.

8. When do I need to start applying for jobs?

That depends: Graduate and internship schemes with major graduate recruiters typically recruit up to a year in advance (i.e. are accepting applications now for opportunities starting in Summer/ Autumn 2013). Other jobs will recruit all year around, on an as-and-when needed basis.

9. Do I need to know what I want to do before I come to the Careers Centre?

Nope! We can help you consider your options regardless of what stage you’re at:  Whether you have no idea at all, some ideas, or have a definite plan in mind, we can help! Come and see us on drop-in to find out how.

10. What services do you offer?

Everything you need to help you get your career off to the best start after university. We can help you by;

  • Providing support with your career choice and future plans, through individual career guidance or through one of our career modules.
  • Helping you assess, develop and articulate your skills and abilities in a way which is meaningful to employers
  • Helping you meet potential employers through our comprehensive events programme.
  • Supporting you at all stages of the application process, whether with applications forms, CVs, interviews, assessment centres or anything else they might throw at you!
  • Offering comprehensive business start-up support to any budding entrepreneurs.

….and much more besides. To find out more, pop in for a chat or see

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Answering your burning questions

We are super excited about the start of term and can’t wait to welcome all the new (and returning) students to Leeds.  As well as being at the Freshers fair all next week, our staff will be busy popping into induction and returners talks and generally trying to meet as many of you as possible to help you with all things careers.

We get asked so many questions at this time of year that we thought we should share some of the most popular ones and answer them right here on our blog so that everyone can benefit.

So, get your thinking caps on, look for our staff out and about next week, and if you’ve got a burning career question – no matter how big or small – ask them. It may well feature in our Top Ten Questions post next Friday!

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Welcome to the LeedsUniCareers blog!

Here at the Careers Centre, it is our aim to ensure that we help our students and graduates progress with their career planning and skills development. This blog will allow you to follow the experiences of some of your fellow students along with some expert insight and advice from our fantastic staff.

To kick it all off, here are ten things you never knew about the University of Leeds Careers Centre:

  1. Last academic year we carried out 7732 individual interactions through our drop in service.
  2. We have had 4895 queries online through our eGuidance system.
  3. We ran 260 careers events last academic year, and we currently have 148 on our database for semester one. Check them out here.
  4. Each year the Spark team at the Careers Centre support the creation of 25 new businesses owned and run by Leeds students and graduates.
  5. All of our  Career Consultants are highly experienced and have professional guidance qualifications.
  6. 11 of our staff are University of Leeds alumni.
  7. 6 of our staff have run a half marathon.
  8. 3 of our staff are regular faces on the Leeds music scene.
  9. 2 of our staff walked 34 miles in under 15 hours in the Llangollen Round Challenge.
  10. 1 of our staff guided a blind friend on a coast to coast tandem cycle challenge raising £1650 for St Gemma’s Hospice.

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