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Class of 2020: Leeds Exclusive Opportunities

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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.

Included in this scheme are Campus Internships. There are several part-time jobs available by the university every year, which intend to give you valuable experience of working for a large organization like UoL while earning some money on the side. There are vacancies in Digital Marketing, Graphic Design, Building Surveying, Student Ambassadorships and more. Check the University of Leeds vacancies page, where the positions will be clearly marked, and read a blog from Natalie who is currently participating in one of them.


Did you know that around a third of students intend to start their own business? The SPARK team can help you grow the seed of a business idea, and nurture your entrepreneurial spirit. They provide; access to grants and funding to help you get started; events and modules to help you learn about setting up and running a business; careers advice to help you make business decisions and mentoring from alumni. The team are also run a Business Plan Competition each year, which gives you the chance to win a £2000 grant towards establishing your innovative enterprise.

For info on how to get involved, visit their page.

Leeds to Cambodia

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding project at a school in rural Cambodia. During July and August 2020 you will have the chance to make a positive and practical difference to the lives of other people as well as experience the extraordinary culture of Cambodia.  They need two Project Leaders and eight volunteers; Project Leaders will each receive a grant of £1000 and volunteers will receive £500 towards the costs of taking part e.g. flights and vaccinations.

Look out for applications opening again in December time.

Leeds to South Korea

Apply now to join our funded Leeds to South Korea Leadership Programme and develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective. The programme gives you an immersive international experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context while establishing a genuinely global network. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

APPLY or contact

LinkedIn Learning access

All Careers Centre staff would recommend setting up a LinkedIn Account. It allows you to reflect on your experiences and skills, as well as discover job opportunities and connect with people in industry. (We’d recommend using the site’s alumni feature, where you can search for University of Leeds graduates and track their career path post-graduation).

But another great feature recently introduced is LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 15,000 short courses across business, creative and technical specialties. All students and staff have access to LinkedIn Learning through our institutional subscription. You do not need to have a LinkedIn account to access the content, but you can connect it to your own LinkedIn Account.

Go here for more info and to sign up using your Leeds Uni details. If you want to read more about LinkedIn Learning, we’ve got an in-depth blog post about it.

CSER8000 modules

If your department cannot offer you a work placement module in your third year, then this module (delivered by experienced staff at the Careers Centre) is set up for you. A work placement year is a great way to develop your skills and stand out to a graduate recruiter.

More info can be found on CareerWeb.

Mentoring Hub Schemes and The Leeds Network

The Careers Centre staff work tirelessly to establish connections with previous UoL students who have gone into interesting careers in a variety of industries. We then invite these alumni to participate in our eMentoring scheme; open to all undergraduates, the scheme pairs students with industry experts who can impart valuable knowledge and advice about professional post-university life.

Many of these alumni are also listed on the Leeds Network, accessible via Leeds For Life. This is a searchable directory of alumni from across the job market spectrum. You can specify result based on the subject you study, or the industry you would like to break into. Then, you can request to contact the alumnus to ask them questions and receive advice. This is a kind of unofficial eMentoring scheme.

Look out for other Mentoring schemes such as the PwC Female Mentoring Scheme for female students, the PwC Diversity Mentoring Scheme for BAME students (applications for both open in October 2020) and the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme, which features very high profile and senior mentors. Applications for this open in March.

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Class of 2020: Developing resilience in your job search

graduation picAaliyah 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.

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Developing skills during self-isolation: a guide to LinkedIn Learning

Image of EPA Oli against a leafy backgroundIn 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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#InLeeds: From Depop to Digital Marketing at Enjoy Digital

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

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#InLeeds: Be open-minded to a tech career with FDM

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

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#InLeeds: Let your career tech off with PwC

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

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#InLeeds: Transitioning to a tech career with Daisy Corporate Services

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

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