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About jesscareers

I'm a Careers Consultant working at the University of Leeds Careers Centre. I have a particular interest in social media and its role in career development and management. This is one of the main reasons that I, with my colleague Laura, set up the LeedsUniCareers blog. My role as co-manager of the blog involves recruiting student and staff contributors, publishing content and ensuring that we post regularly! I began my career in recruitment before moving to university careers work and training as a Careers Consultant. Since then, I have worked at a number of different universities, as well as a 3-moth stint as a Volunteer Project Manager in Costa Rica & Nicaragua with the youth development charity, Raleigh International. Outside of work I like travel, live music, walking (proudest achievement completing Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 10 hours!), and am currently attempting to re-learn crochet! :-)

Women in Leeds Digital Conference 2019

WiLDOn Thursday 2nd May 2019, Women in Leeds Digital (WiLD)‘s inaugural conference took place here on campus at Nexus Leeds, as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2019. Our Assistant Head of Careers Jess Henderson attended, and provides this summary.

I was so glad to be able to attend this event.  The digital sector in Leeds is massive and growing rapidly. The sector is diverse, dynamic and exciting. We know lots of Leeds students wish to stay in or near Leeds after university and this conference provided an excellent showcase of the range of careers in digital, alongside debunking many myths or assumptions people make about getting into the digital sector:

Spoiler; you don’t need a IT related degree or background to work in digital. Continue reading

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Love Leeds? There’s probably more to it than you realise.

6406It goes without saying that Leeds is a great city.  We know that many students want to stay in the city – or return to it – after graduating, but often aren’t aware of the range of organisations and opportunities that Leeds has to offer a graduate. This post highlights some key facts about the Leeds economy and graduate labour market.

Leeds Economy

Leeds, and the wider Leeds City Region,  are both vibrant and varied economies.

Key sectors:

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Did you graduate in summer 2017? Please complete the DLHE survey. Plus a glimpse of Leeds graduates’ destinations in 1920s, ’30s & ’40s.

DLHEIf you graduated from the University of Leeds this summer, we will be contacting you as part of the national DLHE survey. Please respond.

Every year we ask all those who have recently completed a course at the University of Leeds to take part in a survey to find out what they do after they graduate. We are interested in what you will be doing on 10th January 2018, e.g. work, study, voluntary work, traveling, something else. Continue reading

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Three of the most overlooked (and most important) elements of strong student LinkedIn profiles

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A colleague and I were recently chatting about good LinkedIn student profiles, following a request from another member of staff as to whether we had any good example student profiles which they could show to other students. In the process of our conversation, a few things really stood out (for all the wrong reasons!).

The top section – what I call the ‘introductory section’ – of your profile is really important; it is the first thing people will see.  However, three key parts of this section are what myself and my colleague most frequently see being overlooked, or neglected, on students’ LinkedIn profiles. Continue reading

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How to impress at the Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

Careers Fairs provide a fantastic opportunity for you to meet – and learn more about –  a whole range of employers, and further study opportunities, all in one place.

Our Spring Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair is taking place on 3rd May.  Full details available on the fair website.

This post provides tips to help you get the most from the fair.

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Before the fair

Consider what you want from the fair: This should form the foundations of your planning and will shape how you approach the fair. Giving this some consideration beforehand means you are much more likely to find the fair useful.  For example, are you hoping to

  • Get answers to specific questions about a particular organisation?
  • Get advice on their selection processes?
  • Learn more about the organisation’s culture, or what their different opportunities involve?
  • Find out more about potential opportunities for the future?
  • Meet people doing the job roles in which you’re interested to get further insights?
  • Get inspiration about different types of opportunities or companies in which you may be interested (either now or in the future)?
  • Or something else?

Find out which organisations are going to be there:  And plan which you want to Continue reading

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Staying safe online in your job search

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Who’s been using my phone? by Chris Isherwood. Image licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As with most things, job hunting these days is largely done online.  Whilst the connectedness and ease of finding information online is undoubtedly useful, care is needed with how you approach your online job search.

There are many career-related advantages to living in such a connected World and we talk a lot about the ways social media and other online platforms can help you; from networking, to exploring career ideas, to developing your own professional presence, among many others.

As with most things, there is also a potential flip-side.  With recent reports mentioning a huge increase in the number of job related scams, and that many of these target students and graduates particularly, we thought some advice on things to be aware of is timely. Continue reading

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Looking for a placement or internship? Here’s what you need to know

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Are you looking for a placement or internship for next year? This post outlines a few key points to be aware of and is equally relevant for those of you looking for any type of work experience.

By far the most common questions I’ve had from students in the first few weeks of this term have been about placements and internships. This is fantastic to see – work experience is so valuable – but a lot of the students I’ve seen have been really stressed out about this.  As such, I thought a quick post on the things you need to know if you’re looking for placements or internships for next year might help. Continue reading

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