In this week’s blog post, Hannah, a Leeds University Geography student tells us about her role as a placement student at IBM, how she got the role and what skills and experiences have helped her application stand out. Hannah works in the Watson Internet of Things business unit – IBM Watson. The Internet of Things and number of connected devices is growing daily, so this is a particularly exciting internship opportunity in a developing sector.
We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.
We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.
Q: What does the Careers Centre do?
We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you. You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading
In this post we’ll discuss 3 things you can do in your first year to boost your employability, based on reflecting on my own experience as a first year student. If you’re just starting univeristy, you’re probably reading this and wondering “Why would I start thinking about my career this early”, which is quite similar to what I was thinking at that stage. Looking back on my first year at university, I’ve realised it’s never too early to plan ahead, and what you do this year can have a positive impact on your employability and career prospects.
Balance between academic and extracurricular work
Taking opportunities to develop your skills is something you should prioritise this year. The key to making the most out of your first year is finding the right balance between academic and extracurricular work – put a bit of effort toward creating your schedule to fit in both these activities. Starting to build on your skills and experience in the second year may prove to be challenging, and it may be hard to find enough time in the first term of second year to fill any the gaps in your CV. That’s why if you start taking opportunities to build your CV in your first year, you’ll make it easier for yourself in the future.
Starting your second academic year is an exciting time – you’re no longer a fresher, you feel more at home at university; however it can be potentially daunting as you have to make some important decisions that can have a great impact on your career prospects. Here’s 3 things you can do to make the most out of your second year:
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Research your options
It’s best to start researching your options early and plan your time according to the options that seem best fitted to you. Because there are so many opportunities for second years, (placement, year abroad/in industry, summer internships, vacation schemes, part time work) you could easily become overwhelmed. Doing a bit of research on these options will help you get a head start and a better understanding of what’s out there for you. Getting experience that is relevant to your degree or chosen career is better, but any experience will help you develop your skills and aid your future decisions. Checking the Careers Centre website, STARS and Joblink is a good place to start, and if you have further questions you can always come by the Careers Centre and attend a drop in session for additional guidance.