Monthly Archives: August 2013

Commercial awareness and career motivation

Heard the terms commercial awareness and career motivation but not sure what they are?  Here our Director, Bob Gilworth gives us an insight into what these terms mean and how you can develop them.

Consistent feedback tells us that the two most common causes of candidate failure in graduate selection processes are perceived lack of: commercial awareness and career motivation. These are often the key differentiators between applicants who are otherwise similarly qualified with similar evidence of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Employer Liaison Assistant

Meet Shabana Hussein, our Employer Liaison Assistant. She is a recent University of Leeds graduate and here she gives us an insight into her role at the Careers Centre.

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What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?

I graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a BSc Joint Honours in Geography and Management, and I’m now fortunate enough to be back as an employee. Leeds University is a wonderful organisation giving staff the opportunity to develop and excel within their roles.

I work in the Careers Centre, being part of the Employer Team, a group of eight proactive individuals. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Industrial placement Toxicologist

Laura Riggall

Introduction

My name is Laura and I am a BSc Medical Sciences student here at the university. Shortly I will begin an industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where I will be based in the Investigative Preclinical Toxicology Department (IPT), and will be researching drug toxicity in relation to cancer development Continue reading

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Tips for Researching Companies

Janet Hindle, our Careers Information Adviser, provides some tips on how to research companies for the application process.

Employers want you to convey your enthusiasm for their company and for the job they are advertising. A common reason for rejecting candidates at the application stage or at job interviews is an apparent lack of interest or knowledge about the organisation. How can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? The answer is to research the organisation and their opportunity thoroughly. Your findings will help you target your application and perform better at interview as you can talk about your experiences in relation to the company culture and values. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Interior Advanced Development Engineer

My name is Saad and I’m a student at the University of Leeds doing an integrated masters in Mechanical Engineering. I have been fortunate enough to be one of the three students offered a summer placement this year at Toyota Boshoku Corporation in Japan through the Toyoda internship. Continue reading

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