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Career planning; change, chance and chaos

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Concerned about career planning? This post gives you a different perspective on the traditional concept of career ‘planning’ and some tips on how to approach this in a world which can be random and unexpected.

At this time of year many of our thoughts turn to the coming year: What we might try to achieve or change in our lives. It is for many, a time for goal-setting and thinking about where they want to be. It is also a time when many people’s thoughts turn to their careers.

I have never particularly subscribed to the view that a career can be planned per se: Life is too random and there are far too many variables involved to make the construction and implementation of a rigid plan feasible.  As such, I have always been drawn to theories of career development which acknowledge the impact of outside influences, unexpected or chance events and encounters on our careers.  Theories such as Planned Happenstance (Mitchell, Levin & Krumboltz, 1999) and more recently, the Chaos Theory of Careers (Pryor & Bright, 2003) particularly resonate with me. You can find out more about Planned Happenstance and how to use this here and more about the Chaos Theory in this video or in the journal articles referenced at the end of this blog. Continue reading

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Networking, networking and the Leeds Network

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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.

Why

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.

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Get the most out of the Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair – Monday 12th October 2015

10658832_708737519209912_4148676610700908724_oOur Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair takes place on Monday 12th October from 11am-3pm at The Edge.  There are over 120 organisations attending from a whole range of sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, at all levels, to find out about opportunities with these organisations and to make a good first impression.  This post provides tips and advice to help you get the most out of it.

Who should attend? 

Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.

What to expect

Attending a large recruitment fair, particularly for the first time, can be daunting.  Remember that all the organisations are there because they want to meet Leeds students, so try to relax and take advantage of the opportunity to speak to recruiters and those who are doing the job at the moment.  The video below (taken from our Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last summer) provides a great overview of what to expect, as well as comments from recruiters, students and graduates on why they found it useful.

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How I got my job: Threat Analyst

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Joshua Jervis graduated from Leeds this summer with a degree in International Relations.  He is now working in Leeds as a Threat Analyst with Maxwell Lucas. In this post he explains how his career interests developed and shares his advice for other students.

My Role

I am currently the Asia Pacific Threat Analyst for Maxwell Lucas in Leeds (part of Healix International). My role predominantly comprises of monitoring global news sources and identifying potential threats to business travellers, producing ad-hoc reports and special advisories on regional security threats and researching national issues from crime to health. I am solely responsible for setting the threat and evacuation levels throughout my region based on my knowledge of the country and my perception of whether the security environment is likely to improve or deteriorate. Continue reading

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Careers in the digital industry: Not just about the tech

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Think digital careers are just for ‘techy’ people? Think again. Digital now impacts on every area of life and is creating lots of opportunities in various roles across all sectors. This post is a summary of a careers event run by Amy & Lauren from Bubble Jobs at the University of Leeds in April 2015.

What is the digital industry?

The industries that spring to mind when you think about digital are probably ones such as media, technology, digital marketing, and so on.  However, as digital technologies now pervade every area of life, so digital jobs can be found across all industries and sectors.

What are the key job roles?

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How to become a Social Worker: Summary of panel event

This is the second post in our 5-part mini-series summarising the Public Affairs and Community Engagement Panel event we ran on 11th March 2015.  Other posts in the series can be viewed by clicking on the ‘PACE Event’ tag either at the bottom of this post or in the tag cloud on the right.

What is social work?

Social work is any work carried out by a qualified person which sets out to support and help people who are suffering in the community.  It aims to contribute towards the safeguarding of vulnerable people, while improving the quality of their lives.  Issues can be around anything including; finance, substance abuse, old age, isolation, mental health, abuse, housing, abandonment and so on.

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So you want a career in social media?

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Last week Lisa Jones of Barclay Jones delivered a really insightful session for students interested in careers in social media.  Lisa shared her experiences of recruiting recent graduates to social media roles as well as some great tips and advice for those interested in this career area.

  1. Sort yourself out online

If you are serious about working in social media, then you need to have a good online presence yourself.  Make yourself accessible and approachable in the places recruiters will likely be looking for the ‘professional’ you, particularly LinkedIn and Twitter. Plus bear in mind that many recruiters will check applicants out online.  Lisa referenced one study in which 82% of employers last year admitted to checking out online profiles before making a hiring decision. To quote Lisa Continue reading

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