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
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.
Our 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.
One week today is the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair. This is the region’s largest event of its kind, with over 100 organisations attending. This post will help you prepare and get the most out of it.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve attended a careers fair before, they can be a bit intimidating. This fair attracts a lot of employers, students and graduates and so is busy. This video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, will give you an idea of what to expect Continue reading
Scarlett Wilson is a Keele University graduate and is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive for Bubble Jobs – a niche digital jobs board that specialises in advertising digital, e-commerce, media and marketing jobs. In this post she outlines how she got into the sector and some of the reasons she thinks it’s great.
When I was in my final year at Keele University I found myself a little lost – I knew I was interested in marketing because of my extra-curricular activities and work experience but I wasn’t sure of my options. I had a look around and saw that the digital industry had loads of potential Continue reading
Student blogger Rebekah Billingham reflects on her first year of university
With my first year under my belt, it’s a time to reflect on what I’ve achieved and how I’ve developed regarding careers and where my degree will take me beyond university.
When embarking on some new endeavor in life, we all have a picture in our head of how we think it’ll turn out – but the reality is always, to varying degrees, different in one way or another. The biggest thing I have learned from being a fresher is not to expect too much from yourself when just starting out. Yes, it’s good to aim high, but if you put too much pressure on yourself to reach a certain level by a certain time, you may feel disappointed in yourself if you’re not able, in reality, to become the embodiment of high-flying success you imagined yourself becoming. I know I was, in a way, but looking back now I can see that I did come a long way even if it does look a little bit different from the image I had of myself at first.
Here’s some of the steps of progress I’ve made since arriving at Leeds Continue reading
As you approach (or if you’ve already arrived at) the end of your time at university, the question of what you do next is likely to weigh increasingly on your mind. Having no idea about what to do next is not unusual. In this post I outline some simple things you can do to help figure it out.
Firstly (and perhaps most importantly)…
Regardless of what stage you’re at with your career planning and university career, bear this in mind:
You do not need to know or decide now exactly what it is you want to do for the rest of your life Continue reading