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Volunteering with… Skelton Grange

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Ruth Trainor studies Sustainability and Environmental Management, and has been volunteering with TCV at Skelton Grange during her second year.

I am the proud owner of a badge that says ‘Ruth – Volunteer Leader’. I wear this every Wednesday – when lectures don’t get in the way – and spend that day in the woods and grounds of TCV Skelton Grange.

My Role

It’s a fairly awesome day, to be honest. I arrive at 9am, having cycled for about 40 minutes along the canal. The first order of business at Skelton is always a cup of tea, accompanied by a short catch up with the other volunteers and staff at the centre. Once the mugs are empty, we start setting up for the day.

Wednesdays are education days, so the activities run from around 11 to 2. These education days vary according to the season and the needs of the school, but all of them are essentially about familiarising the children with being outdoors and piquing their curiosity about the natural world.

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Advice on getting your first tech job – from an IT recruitment agency

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This guest post was created in collaboration with Venturi Group – one of the UK’s top IT recruitment agencies.

As an IT recruitment agency, we work with recent graduates every day. For many students, getting that first foot on the career ladder after finishing university is a daunting prospect. While some nerves are unavoidable, there are things you can do to give yourself a headstart in today’s competitive job market. Below we have outlined some advice on what to do before beginning your search for your first role in the tech industry.

Get involved in projects outside university

You’ve probably heard this one a few time before. Employers look fondly upon students who are engaged in technical projects outside university. After all, it’s a clear indication of a genuine passion for technology. In a market saturated by graduates, having that extra something on your CV will inevitably make you stand out from the crowd. For example, being able to list coding projects you have worked on, hack-a-thons you have entered, or internships you have undertaken are all major advantages when it comes to applying for jobs.
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Graduate Profile: Laura Nash, Blackstone Solicitors

STAFF17-4956Laura Nash is a graduate in LLB Law, and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004. She now practises as a Solicitor with Blackstone Solicitors, and has shared her story and advice for students also pursuing law careers.

My background

As a teenager, I had no real idea what road to go down with my A-levels and beyond. The advice from my older (and maybe wiser) cousin was to study the subjects I would perform the best in, as good grades would open the most doors. At A-level I chose to study English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Sociology, and thankfully achieved three A grades. I applied to read Law as I could not go wrong – a degree in Law, and possibly a career in Law too!

I studied LLB Law at the University of Leeds. Leeds is a city I knew well as a child. My Dad grew up in Woodhouse Park, and I have memories of my Dad driving me around the streets showing me his homes and schools whilst recounting tales. Leeds was the natural choice for me; a fantastic red brick University only an hour from my home town of Manchester. It was close enough that I could pop home for the night but far enough away that I didn’t have to!

My second year at Leeds was all about the vacation schemes! Days were spent in the computer clusters (I’m sure they look very different now!) drafting applications and frantically checking emails. I was delighted to secure vacation schemes at Eversheds and Hammonds in 2003 and I enjoyed them both thoroughly. I chose to train at Eversheds and qualified there in 2007 after a successful training contract, being offered jobs in 3 departments (in a recession), and coming first in the national trainee cohort at Eversheds in the Finance and Business Skills module.
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Can A Second Language Get Me a Job in Digital Marketing?

SL-blue-webJoanna Threlfall is a Media and Online Relations Specialist at Search Laboratory. In this post she outlines why second languages can be extremely valuable in digital marketing and shares her tips for getting ahead in this booming sector.

If there’s one industry that will always need native speakers who understand the culture and nuances of a specific country or market, it is digital marketing.  European languages have become a key requirement in many in-house industries who look to build on growing their international market. Many businesses within the UK have benefited from language skills as they used expert knowledge to put together creative campaigns which appeal to a European market.  So, if you’re a Spanish, German, Italian or French speaker who would like to work in a more innovative international market, then Digital Marketing might be the place for you. 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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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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