Category Archives: Work Experience

Posts on all things work experience, placements and internships related. Including tips and advice from other Leeds students and graduates who have successfully secured opportunities.

Career concerns? We’re here to help you

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Are you worried about getting a work placement? Or maybe you’re a final year concerned about graduate jobs? If you’re worried about what the covid-19 outbreak means for your future, we can help.

We’re here to help with your queries, even at a distance!

Our experts are available for online appointments Monday-Friday 9-5 (note that we’ll be closed for the bank holiday on 25th and 26th May 2020) – so if you’ve got a question, just get in touch. It’s easy to book an appointment, just head to MyCareer.

Check out our new webpage for advice on appointments, and some links to useful resources you can use from home.

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If you’re due to graduate this year, we have dedicated information and resources for you on our Class of 2020 webpages, along with a range of online events. Continue reading

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Class of 2020: Leeds Exclusive Opportunities

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One recurring theme (or worry) of job applications and interviews is how do I stand out? In the competitive world of job hunting, what is it that sets apart one graduate from another? Luckily, as a University of Leeds student, you are endowed with a range of schemes and opportunities that can make you uniquely employable – or at least grant a singular experience of personal development that you will cherish forever. Here’s a full breakdown of what’s on offer just for Leeds students.

NB During the current COVID-19 period, university programmes are subject to change. All information is correct at the time of publication, but check the websites for each programme you’re interested in for up-to-date information. 

Leeds Internship Programme

The Leeds Internship Programme is an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience at local Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), charities and multi-national organisations. The experience can be conducted as a placement year, summer internship or even part-time term-time work. All of the opportunities organised by the LIP team in the Careers Centre are paid, located in the West Yorkshire area and (best of all) only offered to students at the University of Leeds! Sign up to their weekly newsletter via MyCareer. Continue reading

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My summer internship: Marketing and Communication Department at EDF Energy

Carolina Fefer is a second year BA Management with Marketing student at the University of Leeds. Originally from Argentina, she grew up in Paris, finished her last year of school in London and came to study in Leeds.

Here she talks about her first work experience as an intern in Marketing and Communication at EDF Energy.  

One of the main things they tell us in the Business School (and they are right) is how much companies value work experience. You can imagine that having never worked before and listening to my peers talking about how many jobs they’ve had so far, I was thrown into a state of panic.

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Placement year at p53 – the highs and lows of working in Singapore

 Siri Place is in her final year of  a BSc Medical Biochemistry degree following the completion of a placement year at P53 Lab in Singapore.  Her story shows that although it is not easy to find a placement year, persistence, hard work and taking chances can pay off!

 

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Student volunteering – making a difference in the Leeds community

Second year University of Leeds Music student Rory Heron discovered the charity People in Action through the University Union’s Volunteering Fair in his first year and now works as a support worker.

Rory Heron (left) with Ruben Martini

 

 

Read how his interest in music and community work has led him to setting up a music project with People in Action and support from LUUMIC Leeds University Union Music Impact in the Community 

 

The charity- People in Action

I found out about People in Action and the support they provide for people with learning disabilities and autism at the University of Leeds volunteering fair. I decided to volunteer for this charity because I was eager to make a difference in the Leeds community during my time studying music at university, and I’ve always been interested in improving the quality of life of people with learning disabilities.

Volunteer to paid support worker

After engaging in voluntary work at various community groups, I was offered a paid role as a one-to-one support worker for an individual with a learning disability who was passionate about music and wanted to start a band. I assisted them in the process of communicating with some of his peers about starting a band, and once we found some people who were interested, we began meeting up and creating music together using the facilities at the university’s School of Music. The band were given opportunities to perform live at events that People in Action were organising, such as the Leeds Young Talent Show. The band received such a positive response from these performances, inspiring others to not let their learning disabilities get in the way of them pursuing their dreams.

Setting up a music project

It then occurred to me that I could set up my own community music project with People in Action that would allow young adults with learning disabilities to collaborate and make music together in a fun and relaxed environment. I realised that I could get volunteers from LUUMIC Leeds University Union Music Impact in the Community to help run the sessions, through my position on the committee. I discussed the details of the project with the People in Action office staff, university staff members and the LUUMIC committee about setting up the project. In September 2018, the project was officially up and running every other Sunday using the School of Music’s ensemble rooms. Since then, I have been recording some of the music created during the sessions and uploading them to YouTube as the Sunday Band Project

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How I got my placement: Clinical Psychology, Fieldhead Hospital

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Bethany Temple studies BSc Psychology (Industrial), and has been on her placement with Fieldhead Hospital’s Bretton Centre in Wakefield for eight months.

Getting my placement

To be honest, I was completing application after application in the hope of finding some kind of experience within psychology, but at times they can feel like gold dust! I applied for this forensic psychology placement, not really knowing at all what forensic psychology was. I thought I was going to be some sort of criminal profiler; clearly I’ve watched too many crime series! I filled in their application, which I received through the psychology department, and sure enough got my first ever interview. I researched the hospital I would be based at before the interview, and came up with some questions about the types of therapy that are offered to service users. I also went to a mock interview at the careers centre, which I’d highly recommend. In the real interview, my enthusiasm for psychology clearly outshined my lack of knowledge on what clinical/ forensic psychology is, and I got a call the next day saying I’d been accepted!

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Volunteering with… Skelton Grange

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Ruth Trainor studies Sustainability and Environmental Management, and has been volunteering with TCV at Skelton Grange during her second year.

I am the proud owner of a badge that says ‘Ruth – Volunteer Leader’. I wear this every Wednesday – when lectures don’t get in the way – and spend that day in the woods and grounds of TCV Skelton Grange.

My Role

It’s a fairly awesome day, to be honest. I arrive at 9am, having cycled for about 40 minutes along the canal. The first order of business at Skelton is always a cup of tea, accompanied by a short catch up with the other volunteers and staff at the centre. Once the mugs are empty, we start setting up for the day.

Wednesdays are education days, so the activities run from around 11 to 2. These education days vary according to the season and the needs of the school, but all of them are essentially about familiarising the children with being outdoors and piquing their curiosity about the natural world.

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How I got my placement: Digital Marketing Assistant at the University of Leeds

dan-how-i-got-my-jobDan Rhodes is studying BA Digital Media at Leeds and is currently undertaking a placement year as a Digital Marketing Assistant within the University’s Facilities Directorate. He found his placement through the Leeds Internship Programme, and if you’re interested in doing his role next year, it’s currently being advertised here. Closing date is 25th March.

My role

I am currently on placement as a Digital Marketing Assistant within the Facilities Directorate at the University. The directorate is responsible for areas of the University that you don’t often think about as a student – Estates, Residences, Sustainability Services and the Commercial and Campus Support Services which include the sports facilities (SPA and The Edge), the catering team Great Food at Leeds (GFaL), conferencing (MEETinLEEDS), print (PCB), cleaning and security.

My role includes a wide range of exciting responsibilities for all of these areas. Continue reading

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How I got my placement: Student Engagement Intern at University of Leeds

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Charlotte (right) with colleague Laura (matching outfits optional!)

Charlotte is a final year Business Management student at Leeds, currently undertaking a part-time, term-time only placement with the Work Placement team at the University of Leeds, through the Leeds Internship Programme

I’m a final year Business Management student here at Leeds. I work with the Work Placement team in the Careers Centre as a Student Engagement Intern, a part-time term-time role working here on campus. My role gets me involved with lots of different projects, my favourite bits being co-ordinating some of the social media accounts and marketing efforts as well as helping out with events and other ad-hoc activities. Continue reading

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How I got my placement: Quality Management Assistant, University of Leeds

Grace (far left) with colleagues from Residential Services team, collecting the certificate for ISO9001 accreditation at BSI

Grace Harding is studying Sustainability & Environmental Management at Leeds and is currently undertaking a placement year with the University’s Residential Services team, through the Leeds Internship Programme.  This year’s campus internships are now being advertised; you can see all open campus internships on the University’s jobs site.

My placement

My role as Residential Services Quality Management Assistant is to help with the implementation/upkeep of the Residential Services BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management System. This involves various roles with a few being assisting on internal audits, document upkeep/control and helping train staff members on using our databases. Continue reading

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