Career concerns? We’re here to help you


Here to help

Are you worried about getting a work placement? Or maybe you’re a final year concerned about graduate jobs? If you’re worried about what the covid-19 outbreak means for your future, we can help.

We’re here to help with your queries, even at a distance!

Our experts are available for online appointments Monday-Friday 9-5 (note that we’ll be closed for the bank holiday on 25th and 26th May 2020) – so if you’ve got a question, just get in touch. It’s easy to book an appointment, just head to MyCareer.

Check out our new webpage for advice on appointments, and some links to useful resources you can use from home.

Follow @leedsunicareers on Instagram and Twitter for daily content, from Instagram Stories takeovers to our weekly opportunities thread every Monday on Twitter.

If you’re due to graduate this year, we have dedicated information and resources for you on our Class of 2020 webpages, along with a range of online events.

Useful tools to use from home

Video interviews: We’ve got access to Shortlist.Me until the end of May, where you can prepare, practise, and improve your interview skills online! You’ll get feedback and coaching with the option to choose from a range of different mock interviews – and you can do as many as you like. You can register and complete a mock interview from now until the end of May.

CV checks: Vmock is our smart online CV-checking platform, where you’ll receive a score for your CV and detailed feedback on how to improve it. Use Vmock first before booking in to get your CV looked at by an adviser.

If you’d like to use this time to learn new skills or improve existing ones, you can do so for free through the University’s subscription to LinkedIn Learning. See this post from one of our graduate interns, Oli, for his tips on using this effectively.

Employer Activity

We are in regular contact with employers, many of whom are keen to continue recruiting for placement years, summer internships and graduate positions, despite the current circumstances.

Whilst there is some caution and some employers have unfortunately had to postpone or cancel recruitment, opportunities continue to come through, so keep an eye out on MyCareer for the latest vacancies. You can also book on to virtual events with employers who are still recruiting.

The Work Placement Team are also still promoting exclusive opportunities with the Leeds Internship Programme, so register interest here to be kept up to date with roles that are only open to students at the University of Leeds.

Volunteering

As we’re all being encouraged to stay at home, most face-to-face volunteering roles have now stopped. Many of us still want to help and do something constructive with our time. The good news is that you can volunteer online or remotely from the safety of your own home.

The volunteering team have done some research and put together a list of opportunities in the Online Volunteer role. Also, a number of our local charities, such as the brain tumour charity BTRS, have adapted their services and are now offering online or remote volunteering roles so please visit Leeds for Life Opportunities page to find out more.

International

Visit our Global Careers page to listen to a range of webinars about working internationally, plus you can browse through GoinGlobal for jobs overseas* and visit Student Circus if you are an international student looking for graduate jobs and internships in the UK.

* The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are currently advising against international travel and as such the University is not allowing students to travel to any international destination on University business until 31st July 2020 (at the earliest). This includes fieldtrips, PhD research trips, and study and work placements.  See the University’s Coronavirus site for the latest information.

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