This week, Georgia, a Music and Spanish graduate, talks about her experience with a month-long volunteering opportunity with Headingley LitFest in her final year. She gives an insight into her role in the project, and shares what the benefits are from volunteering alongside your studies.
My role volunteering at Headingley LitFest:
This year I took part in the Headingley LitFest as a volunteer. This month-long project had a number of different opportunities, and the committee were very happy to accommodate the volunteers’ desires and needs. I helped out with the setting up of a couple of events, as well as writing a review of the film screening event Jauja. I also played a significant role in the promotion of events through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Continue reading
Josh Karpf studied BA Music at Leeds, graduating in 2008 and now works as an Events Account Manager for Ministry of Sound. In this interview, he outlines how he developed his career in the music industry – starting back at Leeds – and how this led to his current position, as well as sharing his tips for anyone else interested in pursuing a similar career.
What events-related job roles are there in the music industry?
There are a huge range of events related jobs available within the music industry, from club promotions and event management to artist bookings and festival coordination.
What is your role and what does it involve?
I am the Events Account Manager within the Tours and Events department at Ministry of Sound. Continue reading
Jayne White studied German at Leeds before going on to study an MA in translation. Here she explains how her career has developed from in-house translating to now being a successful freelancer.
I applied to study single honours German at Leeds because I loved the language and the course ranked very highly among its UK peers. I had no idea at that stage what career I wanted to pursue. Four years on, with finals approaching, I knew that I most definitely wanted to work with German rather than enter one of the professions on offer on the milk round. So, on the advice of a tutor, I applied to several universities running an MA in translation, which unfortunately Leeds did not offer back then. Continue reading
The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place at The Edge here on campus on 8th June 2015. With over 120 organisations attending, including local, national and international companies and postgraduate education providers, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives from a range of organisations. In this post, final year student Verity outlines why she thinks meeting such representatives face to face is so useful.
I’m a final year Literature student and I’ve been working in the Careers Centre’s Employer Team part time since September, mostly doing administration, working at events and some marketing. One of my main jobs is uploading vacancies to the Careers Centre Jobs Portal. I always find it interesting to take a sneaky peak and discover interesting job roles I never imagined existed across the UK and the world that I could apply for as an arts graduate. I think there is a myth amongst arts students that the Careers Centre can only help those studying Business, IT or Engineering; it has been really eye-opening and reassuring to see the huge range of opportunities that are applicable to my interests and aspirations across the Advertising/Marketing/PR, Creative Arts/Design, Education, HR/ Recruitment and Media/Publishing/Journalism industries.
Answering the phones and e-mails, hosting recruiters at workshops and events and listening in on company presentations has given me numerous opportunities to chat to recruiters and HR execs from all kinds of companies, local businesses and huge multi-national corporations. There is definitely something to be said for talking to a recruiter face to face so you can really gain an understanding of what that company is about. Most importantly, speaking to someone in person helps you to build confidence in your own skills so much more than a faceless application. This is why I think the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is such a unique opportunity for soon-to-be-graduates to introduce themselves to employers, get a sense for the recruiters as people (the HR exec reading your application is still a human!) and ask the important questions. I think it is the best way to gain confidence in your own abilities and qualifications which will crucially come through at the time of application and interview.
To get a flavour of what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, take a look at this short video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, and hear from recruiters and students about what they think of the fair. Stay up to date with news about the Fair at #YGRF15 on Twitter. Full details, including a list of which organisations are attending is available on the fair mini-site
Looking to break into the third sector or cultural industries? In this blog post University of Leeds student Nick Watts explains how he did just that with his industrial placement year.
I’m Nick and I’m doing an industrial placement at DARE (a collaboration between Opera North and University of Leeds) as the coordinator for the UK’s first Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme. Before that I had completed my second year BA Music and Philosophy (Ind). Continue reading
Are you an Arts or PVAC student?
Unsure as to where you degree could lead?
Starting to think about your options after university and feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of careers on offer?
Put Wednesday 13th November in your diary because Expo13 is a careers day aimed directly at you! Continue reading