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Getting into the Third Sector

The third sector is a vast area which encompasses a large range of organisations which are not-for-profit. In this blog post our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, gives her advice on how to get into the voluntary sector.

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This sector is also known as the charitable or voluntary sector. There are many career opportunities available in this sector, ranging from fundraising to advice giving. It’s important to consider that there are lots of activities that you can get involved in to help you enter this sector and some of these are outlined below. Continue reading

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Getting into the Media

Want to get in to the Media industry? Terrified by the competitive nature of it? Take a look at these tips by Careers Consultant Venita Girvan and perhaps you’ll get ahead of the game!

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The Media sector is a large part of the UK and it is a popular form of communication that many of us rely on or use in our daily lives. The ways in which things are communicated through the media industry vary from broadcast to print:

Broadcast Media – This is information that is communicated electronically, for example, through television, film and radio.

Print Media – The communication over print media is usually done so in a printed manner, for example, newspapers and magazines Continue reading

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Excuse to Breakfast – Is this the project for you?

Fancy developing your employability skills and at the same time meet with potential employers?

Would you like to help create more local jobs and internships for University of Leeds students?

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If you answered yes to all of the above then this could be for you.“Excuse to Breakfast” is an opportunity for you to enhance your networking skills by engaging local employers to attend two breakfast networking events in semester 2. You will work in a team with other students, to research the local labour market and find an industry which is of interest to you. You will then be trained to approach organisations within that industry and invite them to a breakfast networking event. The event will be set up by yourselves (with our support and expertise) so not only will you develop great communication and interpersonal skills but you’ll also be able to demonstrate a proficiency in event management! Continue reading

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Getting into the Energy sector

Are you thinking of getting in to the highly competitive Energy sector? This post could help! Our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, offers her tips for success.

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The energy sector provides the framework for our daily infrastructure needs, from power to heat, the developed world as we know it would cease to function without it.

It is an essential sector for growth and development and as the global population now exceeds 7billion people, the demand for a reliable and efficient energy supply has never been greater. There are a number of established and innovative industries within it. Continue reading

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Networking – how to do it and how to make the most of it

When thinking about networking, many people may think of it in a professional context but you probably network a lot in your personal life also.  So for example, meeting someone and talking to them about something you like and sharing this information with them is networking. Essentially networking is about gathering information and building a relationship and rapport with another person.  In relation to the professional context, this could help to develop knowledge and opportunities within sectors, organisations and specific job roles.  Continue reading

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Work experience for undergraduates

Are you an undergraduate and thinking about getting work experience over the summer but afraid that it’s too late? Don’t worry because there are still things you could get involved in to help you develop your skills over the summer and there are plenty of opportunities available.

In this post we will highlight some quick ideas of where to look for work experience and how to find it:

  • Speculative applications

A lot of vacancies are not advertised, so there is an advantage to approaching an organisation off your own back. If you approach an organisation yourself, it already demonstrates that you have knowledge of them and you actually want to work for them.  You can also highlight exactly how much experience you would like with the organisation and if it’s a large company, you can highlight if you would like experience in specific areas of that company. Check out our website for full details of how to apply speculatively. Continue reading

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How can the Careers Centre help graduates?

Graduating this summer? In a panic about what you want to do with your career? There is no need to as the Careers Centre is here to help!

If you are graduating this summer and have no idea what you are going to do after University, come along to the Careers Centre to discuss your options. We are open to all graduates and you can use our services for as long as you want.

Here are some of the things on offer to graduates Continue reading

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