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.
This week, Tom, a Digital Media graduate, talks about his experience working in digital and how his course helped him gain skills that are sought after by employers in this field of work. He gives useful tips and advice for anyone looking to get into digital and explains what inspired him to consequently start his own business.
My name is Tom and I run my own online affiliate business – Decking Hero. We provide advice for DIY enthusiasts and help them to find the best price for their tools & supplies.
Looking back, I would say my career is more something I ‘fell’ into rather than actively pursuing! I hadn’t always known what I’d wanted to do after university, but once I found myself working in a digital agency I knew I’d found something I loved to do.
Andrea Manouchou studies Management and is currently on an industrial placement with the University’s Alumni Department, where part of her role involves promoting the Leeds Network. In this post she outlines the value of networking and how the Leeds Network can help you access insights, tips and advice from Alumni of the University working in your sectors of interest.
Networking is extremely important for our generation. It is one of the best ways to acquire career information or words of wisdom from experts in the sector that interests you. Contacts made through networking have now become more important than ever before. LinkedIn, a professional networking tool, now has over 380 million users, proving how valuable networking is. And now is the best time for you to start networking as well.
Professional Development Tutor in Leeds University Business School, Marianne Savory discusses why Masters students can’t afford to wait to start planning their career.
You arrived in Leeds a few weeks ago and are anxiously excited about the beginning of your programme. A few people have mentioned careers and job applications but you don’t need to worry about that yet, you’ve got loads of time – right? Wrong!
To ensure the best outcome after you finish your programme, you really need to start thinking about your career options now.
Start to think about how you might develop the skills and attributes required for your chosen career. This will allow you to make a plan and access the most appropriate resources and opportunities whilst here in Leeds, and there will be loads available so you need to be selective and target your time accordingly. You can search for opportunities which will develop specific skills on the Leeds for Life website and check out the ‘how to develop your skills’ section of the Careers Centre website.
So you want a career in the music business? It’s not going to be easy, but hopefully this blog post by our Careers Advisor Su Maynard will make your next steps a little clearer.
The music business is massive and with so many job roles, you really should be aware of what you are getting yourself into! Jobs are rarely for life and working in this industry tends to be more of a lifestyle choice than a 9-5 working week. This makes that initial research into what is available in this industry and whether or not it suits your skills, experience and interests, absolutely vital. You might want to consider some of these starting points: Continue reading
Are you interested in a career in consulting? If so, work experience is essential! This guest post by Emma Mannington, Online Content Editor for Inside Careers, offers advice on how to get your foot in the door and gain work experience in the competitive consulting sector.
What is consulting?
Work in consulting involves providing external advice to organisations that require specialist expertise or an objective outside perspective on their business. Consulting is the identification and assessment of a problem or analysis of a specific area of an organisation, the reporting of findings and the formulations of recommendations for improvement. Continue reading
Fancy a career in the ever growing IT or Computing sector? In this blog post Senior Careers Consultant, Caroline Williams explains how to break in to the industry, IT graduate or not!
Imagine a world without IT? Most of us probably can’t as it is a massive industry both for personal and businesses use – most organisations nowadays have some sort of IT presence. Therefore there are many opportunities available within the sector – not just in the big IT companies. It is predicted that the recruitment of graduates for this sector is due to increase by 15% from 2012 to 2013. Continue reading
Ever wondered why coming along to employer events at the Careers Centre is a good idea? In this blog post Hannah Delamore explains how attending employer led events helped her secure an industrial placement year!
A little bit about me
Hi, I’m Hannah Delamore and I’m a 4th year Accounting and Finance student. Over the past year I have completed an industrial placement at Grant Thornton, an audit, tax and advisory firm, within the audit department. I really enjoyed my placement at the firm and look forward to returning there after graduation. Continue reading
Think graduate schemes are the only option? Think again! Our guest blogger, Anna Pitts of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, explores the great advantages of working for a SME.
You might think that the best kind of job you can get once you’ve graduated from university is with a large, multinational corporation, perhaps on their graduate scheme. But graduate jobs have far more scope than that. Whilst there are advantages to bigger businesses with well established brands, they aren’t your only option for employment. There are 4.8 million businesses in the UK, and 99% of these are small or micro businesses employing fewer than 10 people- that’s a lot of SMEs! Continue reading
Are you thinking of getting in to the highly competitive Energy sector? This post could help! Our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, offers her tips for success.
The energy sector provides the framework for our daily infrastructure needs, from power to heat, the developed world as we know it would cease to function without it.
It is an essential sector for growth and development and as the global population now exceeds 7billion people, the demand for a reliable and efficient energy supply has never been greater. There are a number of established and innovative industries within it. Continue reading