Lucy Bolland graduated in 2017 in MA Advertising and Marketing from the University of Leeds. Currently an Outreach SEO & PR Specialist at Hub MDP she also has her own blog Life of Luce. Before moving to Leeds to study she completed a BA in Public Relations at the University of Sunderland.
My first graduate job
In September 2017, roughly two hours after handing in my dissertation, I bagged myself a role as a Marketing Assistant at a designer ladieswear shop in Sheffield. I ultimately wanted to stay in Leeds, but with huge competition from other graduates and no real digital experience other than my own blog and social media channels, I began to realise how I may have to make personal sacrifices at this early point in my career.
In my first role since graduating from my masters, I discovered more about a website’s CMS (Content Management System). I’d very much recommend setting up a blog before graduating, as I already knew the basics of navigating a websites backend which really helped me with my first role. I also learnt the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), which would then lead me into my next role.
This guest post was written by Jamie Costello, a Business & Communications student based in Manchester, drawing on experience working alongside Manchester solicitors and business law specialists Gorvins. As a freelance writer, Jamie writes on topics ranging from employment to strategy planning for entrepreneurs. Jamie can be found on Twitter at @Jamie88Costello.
Some new jobs will provide you with an employee handbook. The majority of the time it tends to be the larger businesses that publish these to their staff, but if you happen to be provided one, it’s good to know what you should be looking out for to protect yourself in your role. Here’s an outline of what you should be wary of.
Standard of Conduct
When you first step into a place of work, your main aim is to remain professional and conduct yourself appropriately. On occasion, some staff members can become laid back with their attitude within the working environment. For example, dress codes are provided as a guide on what attire is deemed appropriate in the workplace. In some cases your colleagues may adjust their attire for their own comfort, such as some staff choosing to wear all black trainers rather than shoes that would otherwise hurt their feet. If this is the case, you may be inclined to do the same, but be sure that the attire you choose is within reason. Read thoroughly through the rest of the conduct section so you’re aware of how you should conduct yourself at work, as this discusses disciplinary action and related policies. Serious breaches of conduct can escalate, with some cases becoming legal matters.
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
We’re constantly listening here in Student Careers, trying to make sure that what we offer to students is both what you want and what you need.
Recently we’ve had a lot of feedback about appointment availability from students. Every area seemed to be doing something different and some students were struggling to understand when to look for appointments and how frequently they had to look which was causing all sorts of confusion.
So we’ve changed it.
As of this Monday, 6th November, all of our appointments will be released either 1 or 2 weeks in advance, where every day at 12 noon a full day of new appointments will be released in the future for all appointment types.
What does this mean for our students?
It means that every day you will be able to log on to MyCareer and see new appointments becoming available. No longer will you have to wait a week for another chance at an appointment or have to balance different times for different types of appointments.
Hopefully, your life just got a little bit easier.
This has happened in line with the recent extension of our daily drop-in service which is now running from 1pm to 4pm every weekday, so now more than ever you should be able to get support as and when you need it.
Remember: new appointments every day, released at 12 noon.
You can use careers appointments for any career, work experience, or further study related enquiry. There are further details about support available to you on our website.
This week we have another SPARK business blog post. Leeds student Jumana talks about setting up her Retrasafe – an award winning ladder stabiliser business.
My Business Journey
I started my business with my partner two years ago after my first year at Leeds. This was my first business venture and so had no clue what to do. My partner had a problem trying to use his ladders safely in many places so we decided to tackle the problem that many others also struggled with. We had designed a retractable ladder stabiliser and set up Retrasafe to make and sell the stabiliser systems. We launched the product a year ago and the product has won British Safety Industry Federation Commended Award for Product Innovation in 2016 and was a finalist for Association for Project Safety Health and Safety Innovation Award 2016. We have done exhibitions both here and abroad and have got a lot of interest around the product from small and big companies. I also got to visit the House of Commons and meet the Duke of York when I won the Duke of York Young Entrepreneurs Award 2017. We have now got a couple of different products that we are marketing and selling.
In this post, we are discussing resilience, and why it is such an important skill to take from your placement, internship or graduate job search. It’s a skill that is not only useful in the job-hunt process and professional life, but in day-to-day life as well. Read on to find out why.
The job-hunt process – a thought to strike fear into any sane finalist. For many students, job applications will be their first experience of real, actual failure. You thought that stellar academics and hard work would land you the job of your dreams. But the real world is more complex than that and, fifty applications down the line, things aren’t looking good. You feel lost and powerless; the last thing you want to do is write another cover letter.
The answer? Knuckle down and get on with it. Because the first thing this experience should teach you is the importance of resilience.
Starting your second academic year is an exciting time – you’re no longer a fresher, you feel more at home at university; however it can be potentially daunting as you have to make some important decisions that can have a great impact on your career prospects. Here’s 3 things you can do to make the most out of your second year:
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Research your options
It’s best to start researching your options early and plan your time according to the options that seem best fitted to you. Because there are so many opportunities for second years, (placement, year abroad/in industry, summer internships, vacation schemes, part time work) you could easily become overwhelmed. Doing a bit of research on these options will help you get a head start and a better understanding of what’s out there for you. Getting experience that is relevant to your degree or chosen career is better, but any experience will help you develop your skills and aid your future decisions. Checking the Careers Centre website, MyCareer and Joblink is a good place to start, and if you have further questions you can always come by the Careers Centre and attend a drop in session for additional guidance.