Monthly Archives: October 2012

Autumn Career Essentials Series – Get a life……

……a Leeds Life in particular. Using the Leeds for Life web site for more than your personal tutorials can help you make a successful job application. How can this be? Simples. It has a section called “The Living CV”  which prompts you to not only record your activities whilst at University – well, not every single activity, obvs, but those you feel happy to share with your parents – it also prompts you to see what skills you have developed whilst doing them.

There are lots of opportunities – searchable by specific skill – which if you click on them will give you details about the opportunity as well as the skills you are likely to gain from getting involved. For example being a member of Action with LUU (organisation, interpersonal, empathy and motivation), becoming a staff/student committee member (time-management, communication, ability to analyse and synthesise information and views) or playing a sport (motivation, enthusiasm, self-discipline, teamwork) Continue reading

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Autumn Career Essentials – Get involved!

Graduate recruitment is competitive and employers are increasingly interested in what else you have done – alongside your degree – to develop your skills and competencies.  A common complaint from recruiters is that students often lack the skills they need, or are unable to articulate these in a meaningful way.

The good news is that the majority of skills which employers seek are fairly generic transferable skills and as a student at the University of Leeds there are literally hundreds of things you can get involved in to help you develop the skills sought by recruiters.  Work experience is one example and you might want to look at our recent post on internships and work experience.  In addition to work experience, one of the easiest, and most enjoyable ways to develop and evidence your skills is by getting involved with the array of activities available to you right here on campus Continue reading

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Internships & work experience – Autumn Career Essentials

Employers warn that graduates with no work experience are unlikely to be successful in the selection process

High Fliers 2012 survey.

Sound scary? It is worth noting that High Fliers is a survey of the Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters which is only a very small  portion of graduate market. Nevertheless, experience is increasingly important and sought after by employers across the board.

The good news is that there are many ways of developing experience. We’ve listed some below to help you get started; whether you are in your first or final year, it is never too early (or too late) to undertake some work experience.  Clearly, the more you have the better, so we advise starting as soon as possible, but even in your final year, there are still things you can be doing to develop your experience.

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Autumn Career Essentials – ACE your career!

We will be writing a series of themed blog posts this term called ‘Autumn Career Essentials’. Aimed to help you ‘ACE’ your career, these posts will focus on the key things you need to know at this time of year, and kicked off with the “What you need to know about graduate schemes” post last Friday; keep your eyes peeled and if you feel we’ve missed anything, let us know!

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