Monthly Archives: March 2013

Win-win internships

With applications for 2013 Leeds Internship programme in full swing, Jenny, our graduate intern, has been speaking to students, graduates and employers who participated in the programme last year, discovering there are many benefits for all parties.

With nearly 60% of graduate employers warning that applicants with no work experience have little or no chance of receiving a job offer*, it is not enough to simply have a hard-earned degree to get those coveted careers any more.  But how beneficial is work experience to students apart from bulking up their CVs? To learn more about the benefits of this vital CV booster I have been talking to employers and students who have been involved in the Leeds Internship Programme Continue reading

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A Path Less Travelled

Chris O’Connor graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a BA in English and Philosophy and then again in 2011 with an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication. He is currently a part-time receptionist at the Careers Centre whilst pursuing  his interest in writing and journalism.

I remember vividly my feelings as I approached graduation. It was a mixture of relief, excitement and most prominently of apprehension. Relief at finally finishing education, excitement at having the freedom to choose wherever I wanted to go and do whatever I wanted to do but mainly apprehension of not knowing what that might be or how to get it Continue reading

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The International

Ever considered studying or working abroad? Here, one of our student bloggers Constantin shares his reflections on making the transition to another country – in his case, to come to the UK to study here at Leeds.

Multiculturalism! That’s probably one of the best things at Leeds University.That fact that you’re in an environment full of people from pretty much any other place in the world is an amazing thing to explore and take advantage of. As an EU student, I am part of that blend of people that makes this place so great to be in Continue reading

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What does the graduate job market have in store for 2013?

Watching the news or looking on the internet, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is all doom and gloom for the graduate job market. Stripping back all the media hype, Barrie Grey our Careers Resources and Market Intelligence  Coordinator, analysed a recent Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) report to find out what is really in store for the graduate job market in 2013.

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 So let’s start with some good news

According to the leading recruiters graduate vacancies are set to rise by almost 9% in 2013, the number of graduate vacancies actually dropped in 2012 by 8% Continue reading

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My Day at the Fair

Catherine, one of our student bloggers, outlines her experience of the ‘Make a Difference’ fair

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I will admit now that I am not entirely sure what I want to pursue as a career. However, I do know that I am not massively motivated by money. Ideally I would like to find a career that allows me to use my skills and talent to benefit more than just a CEO.

That is why I went along to the Careers Centre’s ‘Making a Difference’ fair Continue reading

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How I got my job: Content & Community Manager

Leeds Graduate Freya Labram tells us how she got her job and shares her tips and advice for students and recent graduates.

As a Content & Community Manager, I always struggle to explain to people what it is I actually do. I work for a website called JobisJob, which lists job offers. You may have heard of it. Our main market is in the UK, but we’re actually based in Barcelona, Spain.

So what do I do all day Continue reading

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