Monthly Archives: October 2013

Getting into Fine Art

In the next of our “Getting into..” series, our Careers Consultant Sue Holdsworth offers her advice on how to successfully pursue a career in Fine Art.

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Practicing as a Fine Artist

The old maxim about artists needing to spend 80% of their time on marketing and business and 20% on their art work is broadly true.

You should be aware of competitions and bursaries to support emerging artists and this will be time-consuming. A good place to start looking is A-N which advertises many opportunities for artists. Temporary work contracts such as residencies can make for an interesting and varied career, though periods of unemployment between jobs are a reality for most artists. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Co-founder of JumpIn

Do you have a business idea? Thinking of starting-up whilst you’re still a student? Sam Ryan is one half of the duo who founded JumpIn. In this blog post he explains why you should make the most of being a student and start-up whilst you’re still studying!

1017037_510737952343204_1482866720_n Barney Williams and Sam Ryan, co-founders of JumpIn, at No.10!

In April 2012, I was sat in a bar in Leeds city centre with Barney Williams. We lived three roads apart in Hyde Park, yet we irrationally decided to take two separate cabs to the same destination. It was from here that we decided to explore the possibility of taxi sharing. 18 months on and we’re now the co-founders of JumpIn, a community focussed taxi booking and sharing mobile app purely for students. Continue reading

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Getting into Law

Wanting a Career in Law? Check out this article by our Careers Consultant Julia Ashton to find out what you should know. 

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First things first, you do not need to have a Law degree to get into Law.  In fact every year about half the training contracts available are filled by non-law graduates. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Summer Studentship

Laura Riggall is a Medical Sciences student who is currently undertaking an industrial placement year. Here Laura explains how she secured her summer studentship and how it has helped her get where she is today! 

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My name is Laura. I am a second year BSc Medical Sciences student and have just completed a laboratory-based neuroscience research summer studentship, under the supervision of Professor Jim Deuchars. Any summer studentship or internship across the university is a fantastic opportunity to participate in, and I hope by reading this post you will have a greater understanding of studentships, the application process, and what there is to gain from undertaking a studentship.  Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Faculty Team Clerical Assistant

In this blog post we meet our Faculty Team Clerical Assistant, Michaela Lesayova. Here she tells us what her job entails and offers her top tips to students and graduates!

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

I graduated from Leeds University in July 2012 with a BA International degree in Managing Performance.  I have worked in various roles in the University during my degree in departments such as the International Student Office, the Study Abroad Office, Leeds International Summer School and my home department school. This extensive and positive experience led me to apply for a full-time post within the University, because I already had a valuable experience and I enjoyed working here. Continue reading

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Getting into the Fast-moving Consumer Goods sector

Does the thought of working with household name brands in a fast-moving environment appeal to you? If so, the FMCG sector could be for you. Senior Careers Consultant Annabelle Cross gives you the low-down on this dynamic sector.

What is the FMCG industry?

The FMCG, or fast-moving consumer goods, industry is a multi-million pound sector incorporating many famous names and household brands.  It may also be referred to as the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry.

The sector deals in everyday items we purchase and can include anything from food products, to toiletries, cosmetics Continue reading

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SMEs – the Graduate Scheme alternative

Think graduate schemes are the only option? Think again! Our guest blogger, Anna Pitts of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, explores the great advantages of working for a SME.

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You might think that the best kind of job you can get once you’ve graduated from university is with a large, multinational corporation, perhaps on their graduate scheme. But graduate jobs have far more scope than that. Whilst there are advantages to bigger businesses with well established brands, they aren’t your only option for employment. There are 4.8 million businesses in the UK, and 99% of these are small or micro businesses employing fewer than 10 people- that’s a lot of SMEs! Continue reading

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