Monthly Archives: December 2014

How I learned the value of networking this summer

Student blogger Rebekah shares her experiences of networking success and how this helped her develop her experience and career ideas.

Rebekah Billingham

I am happy and excited to be in the second year of my English degree. This summer turned out to be different to how I expected it to be, but only in the best possible way. During that time, I got first -and experience of the sort of career I’m moving towards, and in a lot of ways confirmed what I want to do, and how that relates to my talents and personality.

Originally, my goal for the summer was to land one of the Leeds University Scheme internships in communications and marketing I had been applying for. I was disappointed when I was turned down from all of them due to competition, but this was for the best, as I was offered a job working in marketing for a company set up last year after approaching an acquaintance I know from Church. I had completed some casual proofreading for her the previous year. For one thing, it was extremely flexible, requiring me to work 6-12 hours a week, which allowed me to fit it around my other activities.

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How To Use Social Media For Job Hunting

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Welcome to the follow up post from Cat Smith, here she gives some tips on how to make the most of social media to help with your job search.

How to use social media for job hunting

As part of my placement year, I managed the social media accounts for RateMyPlacement.co.uk a site dedicated to finding and promoting the best placement and internship schemes out there. As a long time lover of Twitter and all things social I want to share with you some of my top tips on how to put the undisputed tools of the procrastination trade to good use. #Awesome!

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How to choose a career: Tackling the “What are you doing after uni?” question

This post provides two steps that will help you consider your career interests. It focuses on what will help you decide what to do.  You may be considering other things alongside this, such as further study, self-employment, travel or something else.  For help and advice on these, take a look at our website

Over recent weeks, we’ve seen a steady stream of stressed-out finalists worried that they have no idea about what to do next.  If you’re feeling like this, the thought of the inevitable questions about your future plans from well-meaning friends and family over the holidays may be filling you with dread. It needn’t. Here we outline 2 simple things you can do to get the ball rolling with your career decisions, whilst still giving yourself time for university work  (and enjoying the festive season) over the holidays.

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How I got my job – NHS Management Scheme

Sophie Goddard graduated from Leeds with a BA in Geography in 2013 and successfully gained a place on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.  Here she shares her experiences and tips on the application process.

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I work for the NHS and am on the Graduate Management Training Scheme which focuses on developing graduates as emerging leaders in the NHS management workforce. I am on the General Management specialism (4 specialisms are offered) which does what it says on the tin – gives grads the experience of general management of services within the NHS, touching on financial/budgetary and staffing aspects. Continue reading

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Video interviews

Video Interviews
In this blog Carrieanne Haynes of Pendragon discusses why employers use video interview.

Pre-recorded video interviewing is becoming increasingly popular amongst Graduate Recruiters, but why is this? It’s hard enough to interview face-to-face, let alone in front of a camera and record yourself!

In all honesty video interviews, arguably, give you more chance to secure your dream job as they provides the opportunity to paint a bigger picture of yourself, particularly though body language.

Video interviews offer complete flexibility. It takes a few seconds for an employer to send out a link for you to complete in your own time. No telephones, scheduled dates, times, and the interview can be completed from the comfort of your home. It’s great for different time zones as well. Continue reading

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