Monthly Archives: August 2014

Leeds Network: Networking know how

Are you looking for some insider tips to help get the job you want or inspiration of what to do with your degree? Leeds student Beth Drury, who is currently undertaking a placement with the University Alumni department, gives you the lowdown on the Leeds Network.

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find out about different career options. The Leeds Network has hundreds of Leeds graduates from all over the world that can provide you with an insight into a particular role, sector or employer, and give you a realistic understanding of what a job is like. You can also find out the sorts of things you may need to consider to prepare for the career of your choice. What is great is all the Network volunteers are Leeds graduates; it is reassuring to know you have common background and experience.

So how can I find alumni that are of interest to me?
The Leeds Network has alumni profiles ranging from freelance radio presenters to directors of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and volunteers are continually being recruited to ensure you find inspiration. There are two search options to find alumni profiles. Continue reading

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Gained experience this summer? #ShowYourExperience to inspire others

Have you gained work experience this summer?  Want to share what you’ve been doing to help inspire your fellow students?

We know that Leeds students undertake all sorts of varied and interesting experiences and would love to see what you’ve been up to.  Whether on a placement, internship, part-time job, volunteering or any other form of work experience, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for photos of you at work, and are particularly interested in photos demonstrating the skills you’re developing or why your placement is unique and/or interesting.  Tweet us your pictures @LeedsUniCareers using #ShowYourExperience and #LeedsIntern and we’ll include the best ones in an album on Facebook.  If you’re not on Twitter you can send them as a private message on Facebook.

If you need some inspiration, here’s some photos from students who were on year-long placements in 2013/14

We are looking for submissions between 20th August and the 3rd September, after which we will compile the best ones into a Storify. Feel free to submit photos taken at any point during your experience. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to hearing from you!

Terms: By submitting a photo you are accepting that the University of Leeds is able to use your photograph, graphic, artwork or written evidence to promote work placement and work experience activity, either on printed or digital materials or in presentations, workshops or through social media.

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How to become a barrister

Fancy yourself as the next Atticus Finch? Career Consultant Steve Carter shares his top advice for aspiring barristers. All of the below is taken from talks given by both junior and senior barristers as well as serving judges.

What do Barristers do?

In essence a barrister ‘crafts legal arguments to persuade a jury/judge of the efficacy of their case.

Barristers have to be practical; can the problem be solved any other way?  They also have to be commercially aware both for their clients and, as they are often self employed, for themselves.

Away from self-employment there are government barristers working for the Government Legal Service.  For this awareness of the wider political context is required as they help to frame legislation.

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Linking in to alumni

Ever wondered what graduates of your degree go on to do?

Or perhaps you know the sort of job you’re interested in and want to know how others got there, or the types of employers you should be looking at?

In this post I outline two useful features of LinkedIn™ that can help you explore these questions, namely LinkedIn Alumni, and Fields of Study.

How LinkedIn™ alumni could help you

There are all sorts of ways in which the alumni feature of LinkedIn™  could help you. I’ve outlined a few key ones below:

1. Inspiration

Browse profiles to find out the range of things graduates of your programme – or the university as a whole – go on to do.

2. Explore career paths Continue reading

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Where Science meets Business: Research & Development in the consumer goods industry

This is a guest post written by Oliver Moore on behalf of RB Careers. The post focuses on scientific research and development in the consumer healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods industry. Although not the focus of the post, much of what is covered could equally apply to more technical or engineering related research and development roles in this sector.

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What is Research & Development and how does it relate to the consumer healthcare/ FMCG industry?

Research and development is the very start of any product lifecycle. It is used to collect information and generate knowledge through theoretical and experimental processes. Research and Development (R&D) within FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and healthcare bridges the gap between science and business and is the first step in creating new products to meet consumer needs Continue reading

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How I got my job: A little bit of everything

Joseph Barnsley studied Politics and Parliamentary studies at the University of Leeds and is now the Deputy Web Editor at NCUB. Here he explains how getting involved in a range of things at university – and beyond – led to his current role.

Jospeh Barnsley

When I was in my final year at Leeds, I was very focused on getting a job – singular. That meant I sometimes found myself dispirited about the competition – every time I wrote about my skills or experience I could imagine someone with more of the same. In the four years since, I’ve learnt how a range of experiences creates a unique overlap that makes you valuable to employers Continue reading

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