Monthly Archives: February 2013

Careers…Making A Difference

Lauren McArthur, our Fair Liaison Officer gives her insight and advice on making the most of our upcoming ‘Careers . . Making A Difference’ event


Public sector.  Not for profit.  Charities.  Central government.  Think tanks.   Government and Politics.  Volunteering in the UK and abroad.  Teaching.  Conservation.   Companies from all of these sectors and many more will be attending  the ‘Careers…Making  A Difference’ Continue reading

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Now is the time!

Jenny, our awesome intern who is a recent Leeds PVAC graduate, gives her tips on making the most of your time at Leeds


After being in the role of Graduate Intern at the Careers Centre for almost two months now, there are a lot of things I have learnt; not least how exciting having your own desk is! However, by far the biggest lesson I have learnt, and at the risk of sounding like I am preaching, now is the time! Continue reading

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Love Leeds? How to get a graduate job in the region

Steve Carter, one of our Careers Consultants, gives his tips for students wanting to work in Leeds or the surrounding area after graduating.

Leeds Town Hall

Every year there are a number of students who, after enjoying their time here at Leeds, want to stay in the area Continue reading

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Year abroad: The employability benefit of experiences outside of my degree

One of our student bloggers, Collette, shares her reflections on the benefit of extra-curricular activities, and in particular, her decision to take a year abroad.

Have you ever considered how to stand out in a job application? What might it take for employers to pick you over anyone else? How do you sell yourself with the things you do outside your degree?

These questions are asked by everyone I am sure. You don’t have to look far though to find the answers Continue reading

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To Master or not to Master?


Education. This is the “business” we’re currently in. Each of us chose a path for our next step in education at least a year ago. And since this is most likely the final step of the journey, it’s very important to make the most of it. For most students, your university degree lasts 3 years. However, some of you may choose to continue your education with further study of a Masters or PhD. Question is: Is it worth doing Continue reading

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The role play interview: tips and reflections on acting the part.

More employers are using the role play interview to help choose between candidates. It helps them to see whether you can react appropriately in a ‘real life’ situation.

From bomb scare scenarios to recruiters pretending to be angry teenagers, here are some of our reflections and top tips for ‘acting the part’ Continue reading

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Prepare for success: Assessment centres

Group tasks are a common activity in assessment centres.

At this time of year we get lots of students asking for advice and insight into what to expect at an assessment centre. If you have got to this stage of the application process then well done, this means that you have already impressed the employer and they can really see you working for their organisation.

Why assessment centres Continue reading

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Unorthodox job-seeking strategy pays off for Leeds Graduate

You may have seen this article in Leeds Student last November about the unusual tactic Leeds Graduate Giles Metcalfe used to land his ideal job.  We wanted to know more and contacted Giles who has kindly written a guest post for us below, including his advice for current students or other graduates. Giles also blogs at Cromer Terrace.

Giles Metcalfe Continue reading

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