Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why come to the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair?

The Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair is an annual event which is this year held on Monday 14th October. In this blog post our student intern, Chloe McDonald, runs through why careers fairs are useful to you!

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Careers fairs. You’ve seen the Tweets, the banners around campus and the emails that are sent to you every week. The Autumn Graduate jobs and Internships Fair is just round the corner, but why do you need to go? Why is it a good idea to go to a careers fair when you could be watching Breaking Bad, shopping at Trinity or preparing for an evening at Fruity? Continue reading

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Excuse to Breakfast – Is this the project for you?

Fancy developing your employability skills and at the same time meet with potential employers?

Would you like to help create more local jobs and internships for University of Leeds students?

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If you answered yes to all of the above then this could be for you.“Excuse to Breakfast” is an opportunity for you to enhance your networking skills by engaging local employers to attend two breakfast networking events in semester 2. You will work in a team with other students, to research the local labour market and find an industry which is of interest to you. You will then be trained to approach organisations within that industry and invite them to a breakfast networking event. The event will be set up by yourselves (with our support and expertise) so not only will you develop great communication and interpersonal skills but you’ll also be able to demonstrate a proficiency in event management! Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Careers Advisor

In the next of our “Meet our staff” series we meet Claire Alford, as she tells us about her role as a Careers Advisor.

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What is your job at the careers centre and what does it involve?

I am a Careers Adviser; most of my time is spent working in the Careers Centre offering information and advice to students. This includes the drop in service where students can come in to the centre without an appointment. Whilst on drop in I provide information and advice to students or I can refer them for a mock interview or longer guidance appointment with a Careers Consultant. I also conduct mock interviews myself and this includes tailoring each question to meet the job specification and providing constructive feedback throughout.  Another part of my role is answering queries on eGuidance along with planning and delivering workshops throughout the academic year. Continue reading

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Getting into the Public Sector

Thinking of entering the Public Sector? Our Careers Consultant, Marah Gardner, offers her advice on how to get in to this highly competitive sector!

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What is it?

The public sector consists of local, national and international government. It includes employers as small as rural parish councils and as large as the European Parliament.  These organisations create and implement policies and laws and provide public services such as environmental safety and planning, housing, leisure, social care, education, transport and health. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Careers Consultant

In this blog post one of our Careers Consultant, Jessica Henderson, explains the ins and outs of her job!

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

I’m a Careers Consultant, linked with the Faculties of Environment and Biological Sciences. The role of Careers Consultant at Leeds is incredibly varied. On any given day I might be;

  • Seeing students individually in drop-ins or for longer guidance appointments for all things career-related
  • Teaching on one of our career development modules, or assessing student work
  • Planning or delivering  workshops and presentations at the Careers Centre or in faculties
  • Helping to plan and run careers events
  • Speaking to employers or hosting an employer event on campus
  • Meeting with colleagues across the university to negotiate input in the forms of teaching, workshops, events and more
  • Researching specific topics or career areas
  • Supporting students on our placement year module as a Placement Tutor
  • Staying up to date with the graduate job market and maintaining career-specific knowledge across a range of sectors
  • Attending conferences, training events and information briefings Continue reading

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Getting into the Energy sector

Are you thinking of getting in to the highly competitive Energy sector? This post could help! Our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, offers her tips for success.

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The energy sector provides the framework for our daily infrastructure needs, from power to heat, the developed world as we know it would cease to function without it.

It is an essential sector for growth and development and as the global population now exceeds 7billion people, the demand for a reliable and efficient energy supply has never been greater. There are a number of established and innovative industries within it. Continue reading

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