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Advice on all things career related from a range of people, including careers staff, students & graduates, external organisations and other professionals.

5 Graduate Fears and How to Overcome Them

Whether you’ve already graduated and are struggling to find that perfect job, or if you will be graduating soon, Francesca Hooper from Inspiring Interns provides some tips on overcoming fears that can often hold graduates back.

Remember that we at the Careers Centre are here to help you with all things post-university, whether you’re a current Leeds student or if you have already graduated. See our website for full details of our support and services.

As end-of-university celebrations fizzle out, reality decides it’s time to catapult you back to Planet Earth.  You are now ready to enter the ‘real world’!

Even though the internet is riddled with horror stories about post-uni life, you mustn’t surrender to the inevitable fear.  To help you, here’s a list of the five fears haunting graduates and tips on how to combat them.

  1. It’s taking too long to find a job

For some people it can take a couple of months, for others it can stretch to ten. It doesn’t mean you’re inadequate, it’s often just a matter of chance. Continue reading

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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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How I got a training contract as a non-law student

Rebecca Dilks

Rebecca Dilks graduated from Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds in 2014 and is nearing completion of her training contract with Gateley Plc.  In this post she shares her experiences of pursuing law from a non-law undergraduate degree and her tips for other students seeking training contracts.

As any law student will know Training Contracts are like gold dust. A privileged few will be lucky enough to secure the dream of a training contract during their academic studies but for a non-law student this is not always possible as you may decide to embark on a career in law later or you may not be aware of the urgency of applying!

I studied a degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds and graduated in 2014. I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer after 2 weeks spent working at the Sheffield Combined Courts when I was 16 but had studied Philosophy and Politics to gain different experiences and develop broader skills beyond law. Continue reading

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Careers appointments: All now released daily at 12 noon.

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We’re constantly listening here in Student Careers, trying to make sure that what we offer to students is both what you want and what you need.

Recently we’ve had a lot of feedback about appointment availability from students. Every area seemed to be doing something different and some students were struggling to understand when to look for appointments and how frequently they had to look which was causing all sorts of confusion.

So we’ve changed it.

As of this Monday, 6th November, all of our appointments will be released either 1 or 2 weeks in advance, where every day at 12 noon a full day of new appointments will be released in the future for all appointment types.

What does this mean for our students?

It means that every day you will be able to log on to MyCareer and see new appointments becoming available. No longer will you have to wait a week for another chance at an appointment or have to balance different times for different types of appointments.

Hopefully, your life just got a little bit easier.

This has happened in line with the recent extension of our daily drop-in service which is now running from 1pm to 4pm every weekday, so now more than ever you should be able to get support as and when you need it.

Remember: new appointments every day, released at 12 noon.

You can use careers appointments for any career, work experience, or further study related enquiry.  There are further details about support available to you on our website.

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How I got my job: Data Support Officer at the NHS

ZachZach completed a Masters in Management at Leeds in 2015, following an undergraduate degree at another university and now works as a Data Support Officer at  the NHS in Leeds.  In this post he shares his experiences of finding his way in a challenging graduate job market, developing self-confidence,  and how he benefitted from accessing careers support.

The modern, conventional graduate is an interesting, enviable breed to behold. They flood the job market every July; they are the peak of their game, usually at a time before mortgages and child bearing clamp in: Usually, their experience is at rock bottom, but their enthusiasm and sheer innovation is sky high. And pre-2008, employers would have awarded contracts to many on the basis of this enthusiasm and innovation alone. Continue reading

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My placement year at PwC

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Jamie at a work social during his placement.

Accounting & Finance student Jamie Wrench has just completed a placement year with PwC and is now a campus ambassador for them before returning to join their graduate scheme at the end of his degree.  In this post, he outlines how he got the placement, his experience on placement and shares his application advice for other students.

Why I did a placement at PwC

A placement was something I was interested in completing from the beginning of my studies as it was constantly highlighted by my lecturers how this would help secure a graduate job and improve performance in my final year. However, I was unsure what kind of career I might be interested in. Continue reading

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LinkedIn could land you your next job

Annie Moss

Final year English & Philosophy student Annie Moss just completed a placement year with the global recruitment consultancy, Hays. Here she shares her tips for fellow students and graduates on why taking care of your LinkedIn profile can really pay off.

Would you arrive at an interview late, with a scruffy attire, and little to no preparation?

No, of course not, and I’m not about to bless you with words of wisdom regarding interview techniques like some employment guru. I do, however, have some insight and a few tips as to how we can make that killer first impression.

I’m not talking about interviews, or even our CVs. I’m referring to LinkedIn. Continue reading

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