Monthly Archives: September 2015

How I got my placement – Energy Efficiency in a Building Engineering Company

Anastacia Kruglova is a BSc Environmental Science student, currently on a year in industry with Building Engineering Company, Couch Perry Wilkes. Here she shares her experiences of searching for and securing a placement, along with her tips for other students.

My name is Anastacia and this year I am undertaking a placement year in CouchPerryWilkes engineering company as a part of my BSc Environmental Science. Some of my duties include thermal modelling of buildings, low-carbon technologies application and assessment of energy efficiency. Initially, I had not really considered working in the Engineering sector, however, thanks to my placement I have realised that there are lots of sectors where such a degree like mine can be applied. A placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, gain vital skills and build networks. All these and many other perks might arise thanks to placement. There are lots of good placements out there, however, I found that it can take a while to find a good one. Continue reading

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Back to the books- how it feels to return to University after a placement year

Cat Smith

Cat Smith graduated from her BA Geography Degree at Leeds this summer.  She is now working for RateMyPlacement in their Marketing team, where she also spent her placement year.  Here she shares her tips on making the adjustment back to University life following a placement year.

It’s a year of early starts, hellish morning commutes and a seemingly never ending to- do lists. However, when your placement year comes to an end, it’s sometimes a scary thought adjusting back into life at university.

I completed placement year at RateMyPlacement.co.uk in their marketing team. I had a grand total of two days off before making the journey back up to Leeds and re-entering the world of Harvard Referencing and daily battles in the union to grab the last meal deal. Continue reading

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How I got my placement as a Press Office Assistant

Hannah Cowton (studying Theatre & Performance at Leeds) is currently on placement as a Press Office Assistant in the PR Department at Kia Motors UK.  She is running a vlog during her placement year and has kindly produced a video for us outlining how she got her placement, what it involves and her advice for other students looking for placements.

Remember, we are here to help you with all things career related.  Check out our website for further details of how we can help you and for tips and advice on placements and work experience. You can see Hannah’s other posts and follow her vlog on her YouTube Channel.

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Getting into Parliamentary and Public Affairs: Summary of Panel Event

'Parliament' by Rajan Manickavasagam on Flickr

‘Parliament’ by Rajan Manickavasagam on Flickr

This post, by Careers Consultant Steve Carter, is the fifth post in our mini-series summarising the Public Affairs and Community Engagement Panel Event on 11th March 2015.  Other posts in the series can be viewed by clicking the ‘PACE Event’ tag at the bottom of this post.

The panel consisted of: a prospective MP for the Green Party, a political journalist, a public affairs consultant for a political consultancy and a campaign manager for a mainstream political party. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Threat Analyst

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Joshua Jervis graduated from Leeds this summer with a degree in International Relations.  He is now working in Leeds as a Threat Analyst with Maxwell Lucas. In this post he explains how his career interests developed and shares his advice for other students.

My Role

I am currently the Asia Pacific Threat Analyst for Maxwell Lucas in Leeds (part of Healix International). My role predominantly comprises of monitoring global news sources and identifying potential threats to business travellers, producing ad-hoc reports and special advisories on regional security threats and researching national issues from crime to health. I am solely responsible for setting the threat and evacuation levels throughout my region based on my knowledge of the country and my perception of whether the security environment is likely to improve or deteriorate. Continue reading

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