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
This week’s blog post is a summary of Leeds student Hristina’s In Leeds Day experience focusing on what she’s learned from mock interviews and CV coaching sessions with Leeds graduate employers.
I recently participated in the ‘In Leeds’ day organised by Leeds City Council, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the three universities in Leeds. The day was an amazing opportunity to meet students and employers from Leeds and has convinced me that Leeds is a great place to stay after graduation.
As a part of teams of 8, we had to come up with an innovative way for companies to retain talent in Leeds. We then had to present our idea to a panel of professionals from companies such as PwC, Sagar Wright, FDM Group, Sky Betting and Leeds City Council. Presenting in front of over 70 people was a daunting experience but I’m more than pleased to say it went well and I was lucky enough to be on the winning team.
As a prize, employers offered CV checks, mock interviews and coaching sessions to the winning team which was amazing of them to do.
Business student, Hsiang-Hao Chen, offers some insight (and tips) into his experience of this year’s China Fair
The China Fair is a great opportunity for you to get exposed to potential employers and acquire experience interacting with them. Effectively and efficiently visiting booths and communicating with employer representatives is key to making the best use of the event. Here are some tactics for your reference. If you find them convincing enough, I would recommend you selectively using them, mixed with your own nature, and showing the unique aspects of you. Of course you want to behave properly but you also need to be different to stand out. When using these tactics, don’t forget to be yourself as well. Continue reading
This week, Contemporary and Professional Studies student Roland talks about the In:Leeds day which took place in March, and gives you a glimpse of the reasons why you should consider staying in Leeds after graduation.
As part of a team of six, we pitched an idea on the final day of the inaugural, Leeds-New York Leadership Programme. The idea would see an organisation set up, with the specific purpose of ‘retaining and attracting SMART talent in Leeds.’ We figured if talented students are made aware of what Leeds offers, they would decide to stay in the city post study and be the drivers of innovation, change and development that the city will need if it is to achieve its stated desire of becoming a global economic powerhouse. This project was titled In:Leeds!
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.
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
Tahmina is a Leeds University History graduate who is now working in Marketing and Communications at TPP – an IT company, specialising in healthcare software. In this post she tells us a bit about the company, and explains how Careers Fairs have aided TPP’s recruitment process. She provides some useful tips on attending careers fairs and getting the most out of the experience.
TPP is a Leeds based IT company dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software in the UK and internationally. We moved into our new headquarters in Horsforth earlier this year which houses 600+ staff. With just over 200 employees at the moment, we are having a huge recruitment drive to get talented graduates to be part of this exciting time of growth.
Our focus is on graduate recruitment and most of the people who work at TPP join us straight from university. As such, we place a lot of emphasis on working with universities to find the right people. We advertise on university careers websites, write blogs occasionally and also attend careers fairs.
As something that I usually mention in interview preparation with students and graduates, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on the rule of 3 for a while. Being reminded of the Olympic motto, with its focus on aiming high and continuous improvement, this weekend prompted me to get it written.
The Olympic motto; “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, is one example of the rule of 3. Think how often popular phrases, soundbites from famous speeches or advertising slogans are comprised of 3 words or parts.
You can find examples in pretty much any area of life, Continue reading
A colleague and I from the Careers Centre attended a digital jobs information event recently, at Leeds Beckett University. Here’s what we found out about this booming market…..
The Northern Powerhouse. In 2014, George Osborne outlined the concept of a better economic balance between The North and the south. The North would have more money, power, autonomy and jobs. There are a large number of Leeds graduates that want to stay in the city once they graduate, and so knowing the local job market and opportunities available locally is crucial, to combat the received wisdom that the south is the only place to find a job. This is where the employers step in. Continue reading
Fiaza Boota is a 2nd year History student and is one of this year’s History Interns, focusing on the Teaching sector. She attended the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on Monday 12th October and spoke to many of the teacher training providers there. She’s kindly written up her findings which will be particularly useful if you did not get a chance to attend yourself.
The Graduate Fair took place on Monday this week and it provided students the chance to interact with over 120 different organisations. It was useful for those who had no idea about which career they may want to advance in and also for those who were keen to talk to a representative of a company they want to work in.
I went in as a second year History student who wants to become a teacher. Going around the fair made me realise that there are hundreds of opportunities that are available to History – and other – students, here at the University of Leeds. The aim of this review is to provide those who you who didn’t get the chance to go to the Fair to gain access to information about the organisations which represented the Education sector. Continue reading
Our Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair takes place on Monday 12th October from 11am-3pm at The Edge. There are over 120 organisations attending from a whole range of sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, at all levels, to find out about opportunities with these organisations and to make a good first impression. This post provides tips and advice to help you get the most out of it.
Who should attend?
Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.
What to expect
Attending a large recruitment fair, particularly for the first time, can be daunting. Remember that all the organisations are there because they want to meet Leeds students, so try to relax and take advantage of the opportunity to speak to recruiters and those who are doing the job at the moment. The video below (taken from our Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last summer) provides a great overview of what to expect, as well as comments from recruiters, students and graduates on why they found it useful.