Monthly Archives: April 2014

How I got my job: John Lewis Retail Management Placement

If you’re interested in securing an industrial placement in retail, then this blog post by University of Leeds student Kelly Wood, could give you an insight into the best way to go about it.

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Hi, I’m Kelly Wood and I’m a second year undergraduate studying Management with Marketing at Leeds University Business School. I have recently secured an industrial placement with John Lewis’ Retail Management Scheme, commencing September 2014. In this blog I would like to provide you with an insight into the application process from my experience, to help you to secure a placement.

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Adaptability: The (often overlooked) key career skill

How adaptable are you?  Adaptability is an increasingly important aspect of employability.  Here, Careers Consultant Jess Henderson examines some of the evidence and gives advice on how to develop and demonstrate this key attribute.

Whilst adaptability as a career-skill is not a new requirement, a number of recent high-profile reports have served to underline its importance and value in an increasingly dynamic labour market.  This tweet from the National Council for Universities and Business caught my eye

and led me to their recent report Career Portfolios and the Labour Market for Graduates & Postgraduates in the UK Whilst he whole report makes for interesting reading, the following quote in particular resonated with me; Continue reading

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Placement year abroad: Teaching English in Finland

So you would like to do a placement year, and ideally you would like to work abroad.. If you aren’t a languages student this can be a daunting task, but the Careers Centre can help. In this blog post Sociology & Social Policy student Amy Ackroyd tells us how she has found her year working abroad.

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I am spending my 3rd year on work placement, working in a Kindergarten in Finland and so far it has been an amazing, unique and valuable experience. Continue reading

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CVs and Covering Letters: All the Help You Need

So you need experience to have a good chance of securing that longed-for graduate job… But to get an internship, you have to write an application. In this blog post our student blogger, Rebekah Billingham, talks you through how the Careers Centre has helped her get to grips with applications.

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Once I came to terms with the fact that I needed to apply for internships, I had to figure out where to start. Still finding my feet in my second ever semester at uni is challenging enough, let alone getting down to the nitty gritty of job applications, which is another thing I’m pretty inexperienced with. The Careers Centre has been a life saver in more ways than one. Having taken advantage of a lot of their services, I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. Continue reading

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Getting into Copywriting

Do you enjoy writing? Considering a career in copywriting? Wondering how to get started? In this guest blog post, Derryck Strachen, managing director of Big Star Copywriting, gives his top tips on breaking into copywriting.

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If you’ve got a good grasp of the English language and a natural talent for writing, then a career in copywriting may be for you. Not only does it enable you to use your flair for writing creatively, it offers a flexible career that you can adapt to your own goals and interests. Continue reading

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