This piece was written by Sherry Zhang, who studies MSc Management Consulting at Leeds University Business School.
Last year, I attended an assessment day at one of the ‘The Big Four’ (the four largest professional services companies offering audit, assurance, taxation, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance and legal services). The single most important thing I learnt from this experience is that if you want to perform well at an assessment centre, good preparation is necessary.
Here is an account of my experience and some more tips to share with you:
What is an Assessment Centre?
It refers to a combination of tasks and activities that test if you are the right person for the advertised role. It provides an opportunity to showcase relevant skills through exercises such as a group discussion; written assignment; presentation and face-to-face interview. Employers’ generally have a set of competencies and a benchmark to assess your performance against.
Sadie Connors graduated from Leeds in 2012 with a BA in Business Management and is now Head of Key Accounts at Headbox, an online marketplace for events and meeting venues. In this post she outlines the path she took to her current role and shares her tips for other students and graduates.
What does your role entail?
I work at a London tech startup called HeadBox as Head of Key Accounts, looking after a team of Junior and Senior Account Managers. HeadBox is the UK’s first online marketplace for creative off-site, meeting and event spaces so we’re constantly having to keep up to date with the latest event and venue trends. My team and I work diligently to nurture relationships with large corporate clients, managing all of their event space needs.
What was your path to this role? Continue reading
Jamie at a work social during his placement.
Accounting & Finance student Jamie Wrench has just completed a placement year with PwC and is now a campus ambassador for them before returning to join their graduate scheme at the end of his degree. In this post, he outlines how he got the placement, his experience on placement and shares his application advice for other students.
Why I did a placement at PwC
A placement was something I was interested in completing from the beginning of my studies as it was constantly highlighted by my lecturers how this would help secure a graduate job and improve performance in my final year. However, I was unsure what kind of career I might be interested in. Continue reading
On 24th October 2013, twelve major graduate employers will be coming on campus to meet students at the Business and Finance Mini Fair. Held in the Business School foyer, it is an unmissable event for any student who is considering a career in business or finance and wants to meet large corporate employers!
Have you started to think about which companies you might like to work for once you graduate? Well if you’re a final year then we really hope so! With Graduate Scheme deadlines looming, and competition for jobs more fierce than ever, it’s important to give yourself the best chance possible. Careers fairs are a great way to interact face-to-face with potential employers, ask any burning questions you have for them and really make a lasting impression. But the fair isn’t just for final years! It’s also a great opportunity for 1st and 2nd years who are looking for internships, insight weeks, industrial placements or would just like to get ahead of the game and meet potential future employers. Continue reading