Monthly Archives: September 2013

Getting into Medicine: Top tips for Medicine applicants on writing a UCAS personal statement

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If you’re thinking about entering a career in medicine, our Careers Consultant Jean Harris provides her tips and advice on writing a personal statement for entry onto a medicine course.

Your UCAS personal statement will largely determine whether your application proceeds beyond the initial stage.

There are thousands of applicants for medicine who meet the minimum academic requirements. In the personal statement you have just 4,000 characters spread over 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines) – about 600 words, to convince an admissions tutor that you merit further consideration.  Continue reading

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Getting into Teaching

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Our Careers Consultant, Annabelle Cross, provides her advice and tips if you’re thinking about  a career in teaching.

Are you Energetic? A good communicator? A good manager of resources, material and time? Imaginative and creative? Able to inspire and enthuse? Do you enjoy working with young people? Do you have a sense of humour?

If you answered yes to all these then Teaching could be the career for you.

Don’t be misled however by reports in the media into thinking that teaching is easy to get into. The demanding job of teaching requires the right person and both schools and teacher training institutions will select carefully. You need recent and sustained experience in a school environment and to be able to demonstrate that you have the right skills and qualities to be an effective teacher. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Work Placement Manager

Meet Rebecca Evans, our Work Placement Manager. 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 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 Continue reading

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Settling back into university life after a year away

Rebecca Evans, Work Placement Manager shares student tips on how to settle back into university life after a year away.

Congratulations on completing a placement year and welcome back to Leeds!

If you’ve had a year away, particularly if you’ve been working, as opposed to studying, it can be difficult settling back into university life, so here are some tips from other students on how to make the transition as smooth as possible… Continue reading

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How I got my job: Graduate Risk Consultant

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Andrew Fong graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a B.A. History degree, achieving a 2.1 grade. Here he tells his story of how he has recently obtained a graduate job.

I left University way back in 2010 and feel I have had some fairly unique experiences since my graduation that may help encourage those in their own current predicaments.

Having graduated back in 2010, I was one of the many individuals that simply didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. Overwhelmed by the various graduate schemes available and the numerous opportunities for post-grad study, combined with the inevitable and depressing move back home with the parents, I found myself a job as a bar tender in a local hotel chain whilst I considered my options. As I had taken a year abroad in Australia as part of my degree with Leeds Uni, I soon realised I would be unable to afford a Masters Degree, so I decided to check out the various graduate schemes. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Managing Director of own digital marketing agency

Leeds graduate Aaron Dicks set up a digital marketing agency earlier this year.  Here he provides tips and advice for anyone interested in setting up their own business or who is interested in a career in digital marketing.

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My name is Aaron and I am a graduate of Management with Marketing from Leeds University. I left university just over a year ago to join a renewable energy company in Nottingham called EvoEnergy. I’d always had the desire to start my own company, so with some experience under my belt, I finally took the plunge early this year and started a small digital marketing agency called Impression with my colleague.  We started working with small businesses and charities of friends, but since then have grown to service a handful of large national clients. Continue reading

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