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Tips and advice on getting the most out of careers events, including posts from students and graduates about how they have benefitted from attending such events.

Boom! The thriving digital jobs market in Leeds

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

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My review of the Autumn Fair – Teacher training options

Fair TeachingFiaza 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

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Get the most out of the Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair – Monday 12th October 2015

10658832_708737519209912_4148676610700908724_oOur 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.

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Make the most of the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair

One week today is the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair.  This is the region’s largest event of its kind, with over 100 organisations attending.  This post will help you prepare and get the most out of it.

YGRF 2015 theatre

Regardless of whether or not you’ve attended a careers fair before, they can be a bit intimidating.  This fair attracts a lot of employers, students and graduates and so is busy.  This video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, will give you an idea of what to expect Continue reading

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Why come to a careers fair? An Arts student’s perspective

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The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place at The Edge here on campus on 8th June 2015.  With over 120 organisations attending, including local, national and international companies and postgraduate education providers, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives from a range of organisations.  In this post, final year student Verity outlines why she thinks meeting such representatives face to face is so useful.

I’m a final year Literature student and I’ve been working in the Careers Centre’s Employer Team part time since September, mostly doing administration, working at events and some marketing. One of my main jobs is uploading vacancies to the Careers Centre Jobs Portal. I always find it interesting to take a sneaky peak and discover interesting job roles I never imagined existed across the UK and the world that I could apply for as an arts graduate. I think there is a myth amongst arts students that the Careers Centre can only help those studying Business, IT or Engineering; it has been really eye-opening and reassuring to see the huge range of opportunities that are applicable to my interests and aspirations across the Advertising/Marketing/PR, Creative Arts/Design, Education, HR/ Recruitment and Media/Publishing/Journalism industries.

Answering the phones and e-mails, hosting recruiters at workshops and events and listening in on company presentations has given me numerous opportunities to chat to recruiters and HR execs from all kinds of companies, local businesses and huge multi-national corporations. There is definitely something to be said for talking to a recruiter face to face so you can really gain an understanding of what that company is about. Most importantly, speaking to someone in person helps you to build confidence in your own skills so much more than a faceless application. This is why I think the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is such a unique opportunity for soon-to-be-graduates to introduce themselves to employers, get a sense for the recruiters as people (the HR exec reading your application is still a human!) and ask the important questions. I think it is the best way to gain confidence in your own abilities and qualifications which will crucially come through at the time of application and interview.

To get a flavour of what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, take a look at this short video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, and hear from recruiters and students about what they think of the fair. Stay up to date with news about the Fair at #YGRF15 on Twitter. Full details, including a list of which organisations are attending is available on the fair mini-site

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Youth and Community sector: Panel event summary

On the 11th March 2015 we ran the Public Affairs and Community Engagement (PACE) Panel Event. The event brought together representatives from a range of sectors into themed panel sessions to provide insights and advice on the sector.  The sectors covered were; Youth & Communities, Social Work, Charities, Parliament & Public Affairs and International Development.  Over the next few weeks we will be providing a summary of each of these panel sessions on the blog, beginning today with Youth and Communities.

What is the Youth and Communities sector?

This is a broad sector encompassing any organisation supporting youth and communities, whether this is through police work, housing, employment or project work.  Ultimately, these organisations work to make communities safe, promote trust between members and encourage engagement at all levels Continue reading

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Stand out at the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair

With the Spring Graduate Jobs & Internships happening this Thursday 12th February (11am-3pm in Parkinson Court), we thought it worth re-blogging this post, full of tips about how to get the most out of a fair. To see which employers on attending the fair on Thursday, check out the event page on STARs (note that the link in the original post below takes you to the employer list for the Autumn Fair last October).

University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog

Are you thinking of coming to the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair on Monday 13th October? It is a fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from over 100 organisations who are all interested in meeting students like you.  Whether you are still undecided, or if you  are definitely coming, this post outlines how it can help you as well as how you can make the most of it.

Autumn Fair

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

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