Monthly Archives: October 2019

Laidlaw Scholarship – a student insight

Paige Stevenson is currently in the second year of a BSc Neuroscience degree at the University of Leeds.  In her first year she secured a place on the Laidlaw Scholarship research programme, this allows first year undergraduates to pursue research on a topic they are interested in, develop leadership skills and improve their knowledge, skills and experience to increase their employability.

A year ago, I had no idea about the Laidlaw scholarship or any of the opportunities that it could offer me. Fast forward to now: I have learnt so much about my subject, published an article in an online newsletter and presented at an undergraduate conference.

Not once have I regretted my decision to apply – I hope this article will demonstrate the skills and opportunities that you too could gain.

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How to land a job after you graduate

It‘s peak job-hunting time at the Careers Service – drop-in has been as busy as the doctor’s walk-in centre and everyone’s feeling the pressure. So what else can you do to land a job?

Don’t panic

It’s easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world who doesn’t know what they’re doing – spoiler alert, nobody does! There’s literally no rush to decide your forever career as you step out of uni, so don’t let all of the grad schemes and deadlines pressure you.

Even if you are interested in big grad schemes and miss out this year – most of these are open to graduates to apply to too, not just finalists. And nationally, only about 15% of graduates go into roles with the big corporate grad schemes – so your next step might well be something totally different.

Other jobs won’t have such an advance time scale – and are more likely to advertise as and when they need somebody new. So you can keep your eye out for jobs whenever you’re ready. Continue reading

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A helping hand for medical engineers

Medical device engineering is an innovative field in healthcare but there’s not a lot of information out there about careers and employers. So, for all you medical engineers, Suzie Bullock, Careers Adviser, provides a brief overview about what’s available.

Where to start

The first point of call for careers information for students and graduates is usually but there isn’t a job profile specifically for medical device engineers. The closest source of careers information is biomedical engineer.

Many medical engineers work in the NHS but if you choose to work in the private sector and want to gain chartered status, the most relevant professional bodies are:

To find a job, these sites are useful:

If you want to stay in Leeds, which is a thriving city for its healthcare sector, there are some reports on medical technology and investment in Leeds, which you might find interesting:

Recruitment agencies in medical engineering include:

Employers in the area are:

You could also use job search sites such as indeed and simplyhired to look for medical device engineer roles.

If you want to approach a company or find a job to apply for, there is information on speculative applications, CVs, cover letters and application forms on our careers website.

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From student to professional- transitional top tips


Steph Wright graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a degree in Philosophy.  She now works as a Talent Executive for THG, attracting and retaining the best graduate talent.

Here is her insight and advice on making the transition from university to the workplace.  So, whether you are an undergraduate hoping to do an internship or a graduate who has secured or is seeking their first job, there are lots of great tips to make you more effective as you enter the workplace.


Unfortunately, there isn’t a step-by-step guide which will tell you how to be ‘successful’ or have ‘an impact’ in your first graduate job, but there’s definitely a few things you can do to make the transition from university to professional work a little easier.

Manage your time

It’s an obvious one, but managing your time is the key to making your job easier. Although it’s important at university, it’s even more important at work because your ability to manage your time doesn’t just impact you anymore; it also impacts everyone you work with.

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Top Tips for Careers Fairs

Two people from a travel agency with a stall at a Careers Fair smile and look welcoming

Thinking about coming to a Careers Fair, but not sure how to approach it?  We welcome hundreds of organisations to campus every year – who are keen to recruit Leeds students.

The Fairs are a great opportunity to say hello and learn more about your potential future employers.  Olivia Osborne from the Employer Team gives you her top tips for getting the most out of  Careers Fairs.

Who are you here for?

Do some research into who’s going to be at the Fair. Download the Career Fair + app for a full list of organisations attending – plus a map of where they’ll be. You can favourite the ones you want to see.

(The app means we’ve stopped printing fair guides to cut down on paper waste – we’ve saved nearly 60,000 sheets of paper in three years!)

Prepare questions

Once you know who you’re keen to speak to – prepare some questions for them. Be brave and arrive armed with informed questions that will help you with your research – but also might leave a good impression on the employer.

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