Category Archives: International

Post with an international theme, including working abroad or posts aimed at international students here.

Beginners guide to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL): Part 1

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) whether abroad or in the UK is a popular choice for many students and can be a great way of developing much sought after skills like communication and cultural awareness. TEFL involves teaching English to students whose first language is not English. This 2-part guide, written by Careers Adviser Laura Blackledge, should provide the information you will need when considering whether TEFL is for you.

In part one we will look at key factors to consider if you are interested in TEFL. Next week, in part two, we will consider the different qualification options open to you Continue reading

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A year abroad working in Toulouse!

Are you torn between taking an industrial placement and a year abroad? In this blog post Catherine Bates explains how you can do both! Working abroad can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that’s worth embracing.

Internal communications team for Customer AffairsCatherine, seen in white blazer, with her team: Internal Communications for Customer Affairs

When I first heard about the Airbus internship scheme, I knew instantaneously that this was something I wanted to apply for. Having previously researched the “year in industry” CSER8000 module, I knew that the Airbus internship scheme would align perfectly. Continue reading

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Placement year abroad: Teaching English in Finland

So you would like to do a placement year, and ideally you would like to work abroad.. If you aren’t a languages student this can be a daunting task, but the Careers Centre can help. In this blog post Sociology & Social Policy student Amy Ackroyd tells us how she has found her year working abroad.

Amy ackroyd

I am spending my 3rd year on work placement, working in a Kindergarten in Finland and so far it has been an amazing, unique and valuable experience. Continue reading

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Getting into International Development

Are you interested in the International Development sector? In this blog post our Careers Consultant, Jessica Henderson, gives her advice on how to be successful in this field.

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What is it?

International development is a diverse and wide-ranging sector which is concerned with improving human quality of life, particularly in developing countries.  It aims to find long term, sustainable solutions to issues, covering potentially anything relating to the human condition.   These could be environmental, infrastructure, equality, human rights, economic, political or migration related issues to name but a few. Continue reading

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Settling back into university life after a year away

Rebecca Evans, Work Placement Manager shares student tips on how to settle back into university life after a year away.

Congratulations on completing a placement year and welcome back to Leeds!

If you’ve had a year away, particularly if you’ve been working, as opposed to studying, it can be difficult settling back into university life, so here are some tips from other students on how to make the transition as smooth as possible… Continue reading

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Networking – how to do it and how to make the most of it

When thinking about networking, many people may think of it in a professional context but you probably network a lot in your personal life also.  So for example, meeting someone and talking to them about something you like and sharing this information with them is networking. Essentially networking is about gathering information and building a relationship and rapport with another person.  In relation to the professional context, this could help to develop knowledge and opportunities within sectors, organisations and specific job roles.  Continue reading

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Taking a year abroad when not a language student

1. Colette in France 2. Catherine accompanying a school ski trip

1. Colette in France
2. Catherine accompanying a school ski trip

Colette: Studying Mathematics and Biology and spent a year teaching English in primary schools in southern France.

Catherine: Studying English and Philosophy, and spent a year teaching English in a secondary school in western Germany.

When did you decide you wanted to do a year abroad Continue reading

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