One recurring theme (or worry) of job applications and interviews is how do I stand out? In the competitive world of job hunting, what is it that sets apart one graduate from another? Luckily, as a University of Leeds student, you are endowed with a range of schemes and opportunities that can make you uniquely employable – or at least grant a singular experience of personal development that you will cherish forever. Here’s a full breakdown of what’s on offer just for Leeds students.
NB During the current COVID-19 period, university programmes are subject to change. All information is correct at the time of publication, but check the websites for each programme you’re interested in for up-to-date information.
Leeds Internship Programme
The Leeds Internship Programme is an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience at local Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), charities and multi-national organisations. The experience can be conducted as a placement year, summer internship or even part-time term-time work. All of the opportunities organised by the LIP team in the Careers Centre are paid, located in the West Yorkshire area and (best of all) only offered to students at the University of Leeds! Sign up to their weekly newsletter via MyCareer. Continue reading
Aaliyah Farr is a Leeds Sociology graduate and now works as an Employability Progression Assistant at the Careers Centre.
In this interesting and personal piece, she reflects on how her background contributed to a lack of self-confidence in her time at university and during the graduate job hunt, and what changes she made to overcome this, even after experiencing setbacks.
Growing up in a mixed black British household, I’ve always felt the pressure to work hard. Now, as a graduate in Sociology looking back on why I put so much effort into my academic studies, I’ve realised that my family background has played a significant role in who I am today.
Being exposed to the struggles my mum faced to acquire qualifications, having not gone to university, encouraged me to take advantage of the opportunities offered to me at secondary school. I knew my goal was to complete my A Levels, go to university and engage with opportunities that close members of my family hadn’t had access to.
In this age of self-isolation you may have found that you’ve got more time spare, and be wondering how you can use this time productively.
With that in mind, today’s post is a repost from a couple of weeks ago about LinkedIn Learning from Oli Walkden, who graduated from his MA Critical & Cultural Theory at Leeds in September and is now an Employability & Progression Assistant at the Careers Centre.
What is LinkedIn Learning?
Learning is an online learning platform from the professional social media giant LinkedIn. It provides a myriad of training sessions, classes, lectures and more in video format.
The University has a year’s pilot license for the service, meaning that all students can access it for free. Hurrah!
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Hannah studied Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. She knew she wanted to stay in Leeds and the Digital Marketing role at Enjoy Digital allowed to her to kick-start her career. Her Depop business helped her stand out from other candidates.
Conor studied Retail Marketing & Management at University in Leeds. The broad nature of his course meant go onto a wide variety of jobs, and the Paid Media Graduate role at Enjoy allowed him to use and develop these skills.
Company Ambassadors – Conor and Hannah
Job Title – Paid Media Executive and Insights Graduate
Isel studied English Literature at the University of Leeds. After she graduated, she worked at the Careers Centre here in Leeds before leaving to join the University Partnership team at FDM. Despite coming from a non-technical background, she used her transferable skills to settle into life in the digital sector.
“Keeping open-minded and understand that the skills you develop in university will go a long way in your career in the tech industry” Isel, FDM
Company Ambassador – Isel
Job Title – University Partnership and Recruitment Consultant
Mihika studied Electrical Engineering at the Uni of Leeds. She knew she wanted to stay in Leeds once she graduated, and the innovative nature of digital and technological jobs was key in helping her choose where she wanted to make her career. Her role at PwC has allowed her to build-up her skills and capabilities.
Company Ambassador – Mihika
Job Title – Technology Risk Associate
Lauren studied Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at university in Leeds. Once she graduated, she worked part-time in bars until she found an admin role at Daisy Corporate Services (DCS). During this time she learnt about project management, moving into a full-time job in this field in her first year. As she progressed DCS provided training to help her develop skills and flourish in her new role.
“Transitioning from university to a career in tech is more adaptable than you think. A lot of things we use on the job, like Microsoft Office, are things we’ve already learnt in university” Lauren, Daisy Corporate Services
Company Ambassador – Lauren
Job Title – Project Manager