Zach 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
This week, Susanna from Inspiring Interns gives some useful tips for students and grads on how to prepare for the world of work, and demonstrate this to employers.
We’re in the middle of a graduate shortage. That’s right: while grads complain about how hard it is to find a job, employers are moaning about the lack of good candidates. Seems weird, right? But the problem isn’t necessarily the quality of graduates; it’s their readiness to enter the world of work.
The reality is that most students have never known real employment – a fact that many recruiters can tell from fifty paces. From STEM to arts subjects, from Russell Group to poly, graduates find the real world hard. These days, the movement from childhood to adulthood occurs not at sixteen or eighteen but with the end of university. As a result, many employers think of graduates, however much they claim otherwise, as too immature to be trusted with a job.
Here’s how you can assuage an employer’s fears and prove you’re ready to enter their world. Continue reading
Are you looking for a placement or internship for next year? This post outlines a few key points to be aware of and is equally relevant for those of you looking for any type of work experience.
By far the most common questions I’ve had from students in the first few weeks of this term have been about placements and internships. This is fantastic to see – work experience is so valuable – but a lot of the students I’ve seen have been really stressed out about this. As such, I thought a quick post on the things you need to know if you’re looking for placements or internships for next year might help. Continue reading
We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.
We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.
Q: What does the Careers Centre do?
We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you. You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading
In this post we’ll discuss 3 things you can do in your first year to boost your employability, based on reflecting on my own experience as a first year student. If you’re just starting univeristy, you’re probably reading this and wondering “Why would I start thinking about my career this early”, which is quite similar to what I was thinking at that stage. Looking back on my first year at university, I’ve realised it’s never too early to plan ahead, and what you do this year can have a positive impact on your employability and career prospects.
Balance between academic and extracurricular work
Taking opportunities to develop your skills is something you should prioritise this year. The key to making the most out of your first year is finding the right balance between academic and extracurricular work – put a bit of effort toward creating your schedule to fit in both these activities. Starting to build on your skills and experience in the second year may prove to be challenging, and it may be hard to find enough time in the first term of second year to fill any the gaps in your CV. That’s why if you start taking opportunities to build your CV in your first year, you’ll make it easier for yourself in the future.
If you’re about to start your final year at university, it can be an exciting – and potentially daunting – time. However you feel about it, the year is likely to fly by. Here are 3 key things we would encourage you to do this year to ensure a successful future – whatever you want that to be!
Getting some clarity in your interests and goals is really valuable. You do not need to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life – in all likelihood this will change throughout your working life – focus instead on what next after university.
Talk to people, attend events, explore what’s out there. Our Autumn Fair is a fantastic opportunity to do this, but keep an eye out for all the other events – university-wide as well as things happening in your school or faculty. These can give you invaluable insights into a whole range of careers.
Do nerves get the better of you in interviews?
Does the thought of networking or giving a presentation fill you with dread?
These are essential elements of job search and selection processes but are things which many of us find terrifying at worst, or simply uncomfortable at best. Confidence – or at least being able to fake it ‘til you make it – will help you excel in these. In this post I share tips for improving your confidence, through the lens of behaviour expert and author Olivia Fox Cabane’s work on charisma.
As a Careers Consultant, confidence – or lack of it – is one of the things I most often see holding people back. Whether this be a general lack of self-confidence, or more specific issues around situations like interviews and presentations; how we feel, think about and talk to ourselves are, in my opinion, the biggest influences on confidence. Continue reading
Whether you’re getting some shorter-term experience over the summer, or embarking on a year-long placement, here are some must-dos to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
1. Think about your objectives
OK, so your main objective may just have been to get some work experience, but now that you have it, you want to make the most of it. Thinking about what you want from the experience will help you enjoy it and make it worthwhile for you (as well as for the host organisation). For example: Continue reading
- Christopher Beanland is a freelance writer and works in arts journalism. Here he explains how he got into writing, why he does it and offers expert advice for anyone who has the same aspirations!
I’m a writer. It’s the only thing I ever really wanted to do (apart from when I was 8 and wanted to be a footballer) and it’s the only thing I’m any good at. It’s sort of a compulsion – something I’d do even if I didn’t get paid for it (and many times you don’t, just like this blog!) If you’re determined to make it in a creative field – whether it’s painting or photography or dancing or acting, I’m sure you’ll know this feeling. I don’t have an employer – people insist on saying ‘Are you freelance?’ and I just reply ‘Yes’ though I think it makes it all sound a bit businessy, which it very much isn’t. I write novels – in fact I started my first novel called Spinning Out of Control while I was in the Edward Boyle Library. My new one called The Wall in The Head features Leeds University as a location, mostly because I have such terrific, fond memories of being there.
- This week, Mark Bradford from STEM graduates tells us about the help recruitment consultancies can provide you with in your graduate job search. He also speaks of the ‘hidden job market’ and how you can go about uncovering it!
2015 saw an 11.9% rise in graduate-level jobs, yet competition for entry-level positions within STEM industries remained noticeably fierce. With High Fliers predicting a 7.5% increase in graduate recruitment through 2016 it is therefore crucial to devise a strategic approach to a graduate job hunt and working alongside a graduate recruitment agency is a great way of immediately casting a wider net of potential employers that relate directly to your degree subject.
So what are the main advantages of working with a gradate recruitment agency such as STEM Graduates from the point of view of a candidate?