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Employer Events – why come?

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! 

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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

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SMEs – the Graduate Scheme alternative

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.

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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

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Getting into the Energy sector

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.

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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

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Ignite your Spark to win £2000

Have you got what it takes to write an award winning business plan?

If you have ever thought about setting up your own business or have started a business in the last 24 months, Spark our business start up team are offering you the chance to win a top prize of £2000 for writing a business plan for your idea.

You need to be a University of Leeds Undergraduate or have graduated in the last seven years to enter.

All you have to do is summarise your business idea in no more than 1500 words using the template provided on the application form Continue reading

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Leeds teams compete in national business competition

This year, the Careers Centre is sponsoring 3 teams from the University of Leeds to participate in UK-wide IBM Universities Business Challenge.

Universities Business Challenge (UBC) is an annual competition in which teams from universities throughout the UK compete against each other for the honour of becoming overall winner (not to mention pocketing a tidy cash sum).  In addition to this, UBC  helps participants improve their knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop team-working, leadership and employability skills. The challenge – and it’s called a ‘challenge’ for good reason –  gives participants the chance to work as a board of directors in a series of realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company’s performance.

We had a great response to our advertisement back in September for teams interested in representing the University of Leeds and, after a number of selection events, we whittled it down to the final 3 teams.  The teams are well into Round 1 of the competition having just completed their fourth trading period and are all doing fantastically well, so we thought it high time to introduce them to you!

“The Invisible Hands”

The Invisible Hands

“The Invisible Hands” – whose team name is inspired by Adam Smith’s invisible hand theory in economics – are a team newly formed for this competition.  Their mission for the business challenge is to become the Apple of the food world (the simulated business which teams are managing for this round of UBC is a food manufacturing business).  They hope that their varied subjects of study will give their team a unique perspective during the challenge.  They are (left to right);

Josh Walker – 3rd year Business & Financial Economics

Tom Beard (Team Leader)  – 3rd year Business Ecomonomics

Kelly Wood – 1st year Business Management with Marketing

Will Higgins – 2nd year Geological Sciences

Vanessa Karsah – 3rd year Psychology

“Team FAMAS”

Team FAMAS

Team Famas have previously worked well together, having narrowly missed out on first place in the 2012 Leeds Enterprise Business Challenge.  Their team mission is to utilise their diverse experience and skill-set to achieve success.  They are (left to right)

Freddie Fitz-Gibbon – 2nd year Design Management.  He recently started his own company at University, in which he  designed, developed and distributed merchandise to sell at the London Olympic Games.

Olivia Strong – 2nd year Politics & Sociology. Was this year elected as the director of the Leeds University RAG fashion show. During her school career she was acknowledged as the Managing Director of the Year in the Scottish Young Enterprise team. Clearly she will be able to lead, delegate and structure our team effectively throughout this task.

Benjamin Alldis (Team Leader) 2nd year Geography and Economics, and he demonstrates his interest for Business innovation through his participation in the Enterprise Society. His Enterprise skill was acknowledged when he came second in the Big Business Challenge 2011.

Megan Armour – 2nd year Management and Economics. As the head of one of the Leeds Cheerleading teams, she highlights her creativity through music and dance. Megan’s internship with DDB China this Summer has given her an insight into how different economies operate and how to successfully brand and market different business ventures. Her work with clients such as Unilever and Adidas will enable us to strategically plan solid marketing concepts.

Eddie Cummings – 2nd year Spanish and has a central role in the Leeds Student Newspaper. He will enhance the team’s structuring of reports and communication of ideas. Moreover, Eddie has undertaken two marketing placements and was also involved with a Young Enterprise team in London during sixth form.

The Engineers

3/5s of the Engineers team

“The Engineers” are five second-year students studying Mechanical, Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering.  They have previous experience of working well together as a team, notably last year when they designed a glider, which after competitive testing was ranked second in their year.  In addition to their technical skills they have a shared interest in business and business strategy.

Pictured above are three of the five team members. They are (left to right)

Matthew Clarke – 2nd year Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

David Penny – 2nd year Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

Saad Ali (Team Leader) – 2nd year Mechanical Engineering

Not pictured are;

Alistair Rodgers – 2nd year Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

Robert Tuton – 2nd year Mechanical Engineering

With only one more trading period remaining in round 1, we are looking forward to seeing if the Leeds teams can maintain their form and make it through to the semi-finals!

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