Category Archives: Self-employment

Posts from students and graduates who have started their own businesses as well as useful advice and resources if this is something you are considering.

How I Got My Job – Working in digital & starting my own business

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This week, Tom, a Digital Media graduate, talks about his experience working in digital and how his course helped him gain skills that are sought after by  employers in this field of work. He gives useful tips and advice for anyone looking to get into digital and explains what inspired him to consequently start his own business.

My name is Tom and I run my own online affiliate business – Decking Hero. We provide advice for DIY enthusiasts and help them to find the best price for their tools & supplies.

Looking back, I would say my career is more something I ‘fell’ into rather than actively pursuing! I hadn’t always known what I’d wanted to do after university, but once I found myself working in a digital agency I knew I’d found something I loved to do.

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Finalists: 3 things to do this year

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.

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The gig guide: A new model of work?

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Gig Economy Graphic by Mark Warner

Hoping for long-term, secure employment with one organisation? Or perhaps you’re planning to build your career on a freelancing model? Whatever your personal preferences, the world of work is changing, not least in the extent to which people are employed on a permanent basis.  In this post, Careers Consultant Marc Steward looks at the rise of the so-called Gig Economy and the implications of this.

If you’ve spent any amount of time around campus you will, by now, have come into contact with Uber; either through ordering a ride home after a night out, or simply by trying to avoid being run over by one of their more “excitable” drivers. Ubiquitous, they are!

You may or may not know, however, that Uber are probably the best proponents of the Gig Economy, a business model where “…temporary positions [of work] are common and employers contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.”   Whatis.com. Continue reading

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How I got my job as a writer

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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!  

The background

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.

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How Recruitment Consultancies Can Help You Land Your STEM Graduate Job

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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?

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How I started my own digital marketing business

Rebecca CoupeRebecca Coupe graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies in 2011 and has since gone on to set up a successful online marketing business; Infinity Digital.

When it came to applying to University I had absolutely no idea what career I wanted to pursue or what subject to choose to “leave my options open.”  I finally settled on Theology and Religious Studies because I enjoyed the subject at school and hoped the research and communication skills I’d gain would help in my career (luckily I was right!). Continue reading

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Leeds Network: Networking know how

Are you looking for some insider tips to help get the job you want or inspiration of what to do with your degree? Leeds student Beth Drury, who is currently undertaking a placement with the University Alumni department, gives you the lowdown on the Leeds Network.

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find out about different career options. The Leeds Network has hundreds of Leeds graduates from all over the world that can provide you with an insight into a particular role, sector or employer, and give you a realistic understanding of what a job is like. You can also find out the sorts of things you may need to consider to prepare for the career of your choice. What is great is all the Network volunteers are Leeds graduates; it is reassuring to know you have common background and experience.

So how can I find alumni that are of interest to me?
The Leeds Network has alumni profiles ranging from freelance radio presenters to directors of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and volunteers are continually being recruited to ensure you find inspiration. There are two search options to find alumni profiles. Continue reading

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