Monthly Archives: June 2013

Graduating this summer? 9 steps to land a graduate job: Part 2

This is the second part of our 2-part post on securing a graduate job. See part 1 here.

6. Be proactive  

As highlighted in part 1, there are many different ways of finding a job. If you speak to people you know you will probably find they got jobs, or heard about jobs, in all sorts of different ways.  I would particularly recommend networking (easier than you might think and doesn’t need to be scary or sleazy) and targeting employers in which you’re specifically interested.

You might also want to look at some of the ways other Leeds students and graduates Continue reading

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Graduating this summer? 9 steps to land a graduate job: Part 1

Graduation_ceremonyFirst of all, congratulations! Finishing university is a big milestone and a fantastic achievement.  It is an exciting time; you may be eager to get out there and make your mark on the world, and excited about the multitude of options open to you.  However, once the relief of finishing finals is out of the way, it can also be a daunting and stressful time, particularly if you do not yet have a job, or other plans, lined up.

We are here to help you all the way with your next steps Continue reading

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Unsure what to do after uni? Quick tips to help you get started

As you approach (or if you’ve already arrived at) the end of your time at university, the question of what you do next is likely to weigh increasingly on your mind.  Having no idea about what to do next is not unusual. In this post I outline some simple things you can do to help figure it out.

Firstly (and perhaps most importantly)…

Regardless of what stage you’re at with your career planning and university career, bear this in mind:

You do not need to know or decide now exactly what it is you want to do for the rest of your life Continue reading

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Graduating next year? Considering applying to graduate schemes? Here’s what you need to know….

This post discusses graduate schemes in particular, but these schemes are far from the only option open to you.  If you would like some other ideas, check out this blog post, or talk to us.

What

The term ‘graduate scheme’ generally refers to a structured (usually fixed-term) training programme, typically offered by larger organisations. They are most common in the corporate world, but are also available in other sectors, such as public sector and even in the charity sector.

Why

These opportunities appeal to many students and graduates due to the structured training and often competitive salaries on offer, not to mention the appeal of working for a ‘household name’. Continue reading

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How I tackle job hunting

Jenny, our intern, gives some tips and advice about job hunting and how she tackles it.

With just less than two months left in my role as Graduate Intern at the Careers Centre I have begun the task of job hunting and like most people I dread it. To me job hunting is an epic task which I often have no motivation for. However this time round I have an advantage, I just so happen to work with people who specialise in student and graduate careers.

So what have I learnt that changes the way I tackle the dreaded job hunt?

Be creative about your job search Continue reading

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My Day at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair

Joel Briscoe has just completed his first year studying an Undergraduate Degree in Physics. He attended the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last week and here he outlines his experiences of it.

My Expectations

I didn’t really know what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair other than being bombarded with flyers and requests for my emails, however, I was happily surprised this wasn’t the case when I arrived!

At The Fair

So, the first thing I did after picking up my programme was to find the employers I really wanted to talk to during the day Continue reading

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Make the most of your summer

This is a guest post written by We Connect Students. If you would like help or advice on anything in this post (or anything else careers-related), remember we are open all summer, pop in and see us on drop-in, call us, or use our e-guidance service.

For many students the summer holiday is tantalisingly within sight and for a lucky few, it has already begun. Nearly four months of stress-free bliss is the reward for weeks and weeks of essays, revision and exams.

But with such a long time until the new academic year begins, it can be easy to fritter away this golden opportunity to enhance your career prospects.

This may not be what you wanted to hear, but being productive for just a small part of your lengthy holiday will put you in good stead, regardless of how far down your university journey you are.

So with that in mind, here are five handy tips on how to have a productive summer holiday Continue reading

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