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Hear from other Leeds students and graduates about how they got their jobs and internships

How I got my placement: Student Engagement & Volunteering Support Intern

Naeemah

Naeemah Patel is studying BSc Pharmacology at Leeds and is currently undertaking a placement year within the Student Placement team at the University, working with the Volunteering and Students into Schools teams.  Naeemah secured this placement through the Leeds Internship Programme and in this post outlines her role and her advice to other students seeking placements.

I am currently on my placement year, based within the University of Leeds Careers Centre, working as Student Support and Engagement Intern for Volunteering Opportunities and the Students into Schools programme. My role within the Student Placement Division is really varied, involving jobs such as managing LeedsforLife opportunities, co-ordinating our social media, administration of student data on My Career and giving one-to-one support and guidance to students through weekly drop-in sessions. Continue reading

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How I got my job in a tech startup

Sadie

Sadie Connors graduated from Leeds in 2012 with a BA in Business Management and is now Head of Key Accounts at Headbox, an online marketplace for events and meeting venues. In this post she outlines the path she took to her current role and shares her tips for other students and graduates.

What does your role entail?

I work at a London tech startup called HeadBox as Head of Key Accounts, looking after a team of Junior and Senior Account Managers. HeadBox is the UK’s first online marketplace for creative off-site, meeting and event spaces so we’re constantly having to keep up to date with the latest event and venue trends. My team and I work diligently to nurture relationships with large corporate clients, managing all of their event space needs.

What was your path to this role? Continue reading

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How I got a training contract as a non-law student

Rebecca Dilks

Rebecca Dilks graduated from Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds in 2014 and is nearing completion of her training contract with Gateley Plc.  In this post she shares her experiences of pursuing law from a non-law undergraduate degree and her tips for other students seeking training contracts.

As any law student will know Training Contracts are like gold dust. A privileged few will be lucky enough to secure the dream of a training contract during their academic studies but for a non-law student this is not always possible as you may decide to embark on a career in law later or you may not be aware of the urgency of applying!

I studied a degree in Philosophy and Politics at the University of Leeds and graduated in 2014. I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer after 2 weeks spent working at the Sheffield Combined Courts when I was 16 but had studied Philosophy and Politics to gain different experiences and develop broader skills beyond law. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Data Support Officer at the NHS

ZachZach 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

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My placement year at PwC

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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

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How I got my placement: Retail Commercial Management at M&S

Katy M&S

Leeds Management student Katy Ingham completed an internship with Marks & Spencer this summer, through the Leeds Internship Programme. In this post she shares what she learnt and her tips on finding and securing internships.

What is the internship about?

The internship gave me insight into a commercial management role within Marks and Spencer’s. During my internship I worked in the York store. The 8 weeks consisted of trips to distribution sites to understand the whole supply chain, an all expense paid few days in London, where I was lucky enough to spend time in Head Office with the customer insight team and complete the M&S leadership course. However, most of the internship was in store, where I discovered how to be a commercial manager. Typical tasks involved reading figures, implementing changes to the shop floor, engaging staff in giving excellent customer service and creating staff notice boards. Finally, I was given a project based on the new campaign ‘Making every moment special’ for M&S customers. This involved creating my own ideas to add value to the company, which I presented to the Head of Region. I was able to develop my professional network, confidence and commercial awareness throughout my experience. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Design Engineer at International Nuclear Services (INS)

Sean Perry

Sean Perry (centre)

Sean Perry graduated from Leeds with a Masters in Automotive Engineering in 2012. He now works as a Design Engineer for INS, a role he secured through the nucelargraduates scheme.  In this post he outlines how he got this job and shares his advice for other students and graduates.

The Role

Within INS I act as part of a team of engineers with specialist experience in the design and licencing of Transport Packages and supporting equipment that are used to transport radioactive material around the world. My day to day tasks include; producing 3D designs using CAD packages, transforming 3D CAD models to manufacturing drawings and performing structural calculations to substantiate the designs. Continue reading

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