Meet Rebecca Evans, our Work Placement Manager. Here she gives us an insight into her role at the Careers Centre.
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I am the Work Placement Manager. The purpose of my team is to promote and support work placement and work experience activity across the university. A key part of our work is to deliver the Leeds Internship Programme – which offers predominately 8-12 week paid internships to students and graduates in a range of sectors. More broadly I’m involved in university wide committees which strive to improve the support offered to students pre, on and post placement. I also play a key role in organising the Placement Celebration Event – an annual event celebrating the achievements of returning placement students.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing the journey students go on when they undertake work experience. Whether it’s a 12 month placement as part of their course or an 8 week summer internship students gain confidence, knowledge and a wide range of skills. I’m often blown away by the impact student can have on a business in such a short space of time.
What skills are important for your job?
Communication, time management and organisation. I’m always working on more than one piece of work at a time. Deadlines can change and new tasks can appear so organisation and an ability to prioritise are important. The role involves talking to a range of people from academics to students, employers to colleagues so being able to tailor a message to different audiences is important.
What training or previous experience do you have that has helped you in our current role?
I did the Marriott Hotels graduate scheme when I finished university. This was a very busy and diverse role. I was given a huge amount of responsibility from day one and soon developed my time management, problem solving and communication skills through managing a team of 15 and dealing with a wide range of customer queries and complaints. I feel these experiences prepared me well for this role as they taught me how to adapt and respond to changing demands and communicate effectively.
What top tips would you have for student and graduates?
Take advantage of the great support and wide range of opportunities available to you from the day you start at Leeds. We offer exclusive paid internships via the Leeds Internship Programme and the drop in service is available Monday to Friday 9am -4pm. Come and see us today and start planning for your future.