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Your careers questions answered #UoLCareerQs

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We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.

We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.

Q: What does the Careers Centre do?

We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you.  You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading

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Use the rule of 3 to give your career an Olympic boost

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Adapted from citius altius fortius. empathy2016. lviv. by Yaroslav F.

As something that I usually mention in interview preparation with students and graduates, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on the rule of 3 for a while. Being reminded of the Olympic motto, with its focus on aiming high and continuous improvement, this weekend prompted me to get it written.

The Olympic motto; “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, is one example of the rule of 3. Think how often popular phrases, soundbites from famous speeches or advertising slogans are comprised of 3 words or parts.

You can find examples in pretty much any area of life, Continue reading

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5 mistakes to avoid in your placement search

Saad1Saad Ali is a final year student doing an integrated masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently working part-time at Slipstream Engineering Design and has completed a number of placements throughout his time at Leeds. In this article, he shares his experience of applying to placements and advice on how to make the best of your time at university.

  1. Not spending enough time on applications

After sending numerous applications without any success, one day sat in a career’s lecture, I realised that I probably spend more time deciding what to watch on Netflix than I do my applications. My first ‘proper’ application took me 40 hours to write, it was a form with two questions for internship at Toyota Boshoku in Japan.

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Visit to Kinkakuji Castle with a fellow intern during my placement in Japan

 

I went over it several times, and got help from my Faculty Employability team and the Careers Centre, to ensure each sentence was as concise as it could be whilst delivering my knowledge of the company and industry, and demonstrating how my skills aligned with the job role. It eventually secured me my immensely rewarding and ‘life-changing’ summer placement! Continue reading

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How to become a barrister

Fancy yourself as the next Atticus Finch? Career Consultant Steve Carter shares his top advice for aspiring barristers. All of the below is taken from talks given by both junior and senior barristers as well as serving judges.

What do Barristers do?

In essence a barrister ‘crafts legal arguments to persuade a jury/judge of the efficacy of their case.

Barristers have to be practical; can the problem be solved any other way?  They also have to be commercially aware both for their clients and, as they are often self employed, for themselves.

Away from self-employment there are government barristers working for the Government Legal Service.  For this awareness of the wider political context is required as they help to frame legislation.

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Your Job Search post 2013 graduation

Graduated this year? Still searching for a job? Perhaps this post from our Careers Consultant Richard Lidwell will help.

graduationIt’s now almost six months since you graduated, and Christmas is around the corner.

If you’re still seeking your first graduate job, this could be the point where you may need to spend some time considering where you’ve got to in the job hunt, and evaluating this. Continue reading

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Tips for Researching Companies

Janet Hindle, our Careers Information Adviser, provides some tips on how to research companies for the application process.

Employers want you to convey your enthusiasm for their company and for the job they are advertising. A common reason for rejecting candidates at the application stage or at job interviews is an apparent lack of interest or knowledge about the organisation. How can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? The answer is to research the organisation and their opportunity thoroughly. Your findings will help you target your application and perform better at interview as you can talk about your experiences in relation to the company culture and values. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Business and Sales Support (Retail) Placement

imagePaul Levy has just completed the second year of his Management degree and will be spending the next year on an industrial placement with IBM. In this post, he shares his experiences and reflections of the process of securing a placement with one of the top 100 graduate recruiters. Continue reading

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