Monthly Archives: October 2014

Prepare for the Law Fair

Careers Fairs allow students to meet a range of employers and learn what they are looking for in their future employees. If you are undecided about a career, they are an opportunity to explore and learn more about your options. If you have already decided on a career, meeting with employers at the fair enables you to gain further information about that organisation which can really make a difference in your application.
Chances are that the recruiter you meet at the fair will be involved in recruiting you so it is really important to make a great first impression. We run several ‘Preparing for the Careers Fair’ skills sessions throughout the year Continue reading

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Turning a part-time job into an international career: One Leeds graduate’s career journey

How do you go from shelf-stacker to Head of Ambient Supply Chain at a major procurement and logistics company? Jordan Steane graduated with a BA in History from University of Leeds, later returning to take a Masters in Supply Chain and Logistics, and is now Head of Supply Chain with IPL.

Here he outlines how his career in retail has developed over time, including working overseas.

Humble beginnings

My career in retail began in April 1998 with a 14 hour a week shop-floor role replenishing fruit and vegetables at our store in Shipley whilst at school. The work was relatively simple and repetitive, but I absolutely loved it Continue reading

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Stand out at the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

Are you thinking of coming to the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair on Monday 13th October? It is a fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from over 100 organisations who are all interested in meeting students like you.  Whether you are still undecided, or if you  are definitely coming, this post outlines how it can help you as well as how you can make the most of it.

Autumn Fair

Who should attend? 

Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.

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How I got my job: Project Events Assistant for a Social Enterprise

jenny sellersJenny Sellers studied at the University of Leeds and is now the Project Events Assistant for Leeds based Community Interest Company Luv2MeetU. Here she explains how getting involved in a range of things at university – and beyond – led to her current role.

My current job

I work for Luv2MeetU a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities. Luv2MeetU is part of the larger charity hft trust, which provides a variety of services to people with a learning disability. My role is Project Events Assistant for Leeds. I organise social events in Leeds as part of the Leeds and Wakefield team. My role also includes creating events flyers to mail out to Luv2MeetU members and attending Luv2MeetU council meetings (made up of members). My role is incredibly varied, flexible and really rewarding! I get to meet a variety of people and no two months are exactly the same, exactly what attracted me to the role and Luv2MeetU.

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International Students – Working after your studies

International students – Life after Leeds

Gaining employment after graduation can be difficult but particularly so for international graduates who need immigration permission. To be in the best possible position, you should start planning early. In this post Careers Adviser Laura Blackledge provides advice for international students who wish to remain in the UK once their studies have ended

Research – You need to research the types of organisations you would like to work for and ensure that you are gaining the relevant experience and skills to meet their requirements. Employers are looking for people who have the right combination of skills, qualities, knowledge and experience. They employ proactive graduates who have made the most of their time at university by working, volunteering and taking part in student activities.  Continue reading

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