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What’s important in your career? #PictureMyFuture image competition

Fancy winning a £50 Amazon voucher? Take part in our #PictureMyFuture image competition for your chance to win!

Career means different things to different people and we want to know what it means to you. It might be a dream job or employer, where you work, helping others, status, or whatever would be personally rewarding or important to you.

We are running an image competition from 19th October – 1st November inclusive. All you need to do to enter is tweet us a picture or post it on Facebook using #PictureMyFuture (make sure your post is public!). We will select a shortlist of the best entries and publish these on our Facebook page after the closing date.  The winner will be decided by public vote by whichever image receives the most ‘likes’ from shortlisted entries and will get a £50 Amazon voucher.

Your image can be as creative or literal as you like and can include you or not.  We are looking for original and engaging visual representations of what’s important to you when you think about your career.

Some of our staff have submitted their own images below in case you need some inspiration!

JB Everest

Joanie train

  Bert astronaut

Competition rules:

  • Competition open to any current University of Leeds student (undergraduate or postgraduate).
  • To be considered you must include #PictureMyFuture with your image and make sure it is publicly viewable (whether on Twitter or Facebook).
  • Images submitted must be your own work and not infringe any copyright.
  • You may include text with your entry (maximum length of 100 characters including spaces).
  • Shortlisted images, along with any text included, will be published on our Facebook page on Monday 2nd November and be open for voting until 10am on Friday 6th November. 
  • Number of ‘likes’ for each image will be counted at the deadline and the image with the most ‘likes’ will be the overall winner.
  • In the event of a draw, we will choose an overall winner.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Be entering the competition you agree to allowing us to use the image (e.g. posting on Facebook, Twitter or our blog).

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Video interviews

Video Interviews
In this blog Carrieanne Haynes of Pendragon discusses why employers use video interview.

Pre-recorded video interviewing is becoming increasingly popular amongst Graduate Recruiters, but why is this? It’s hard enough to interview face-to-face, let alone in front of a camera and record yourself!

In all honesty video interviews, arguably, give you more chance to secure your dream job as they provides the opportunity to paint a bigger picture of yourself, particularly though body language.

Video interviews offer complete flexibility. It takes a few seconds for an employer to send out a link for you to complete in your own time. No telephones, scheduled dates, times, and the interview can be completed from the comfort of your home. It’s great for different time zones as well. Continue reading

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International Students – Working after your studies

International students – Life after Leeds

Gaining employment after graduation can be difficult but particularly so for international graduates who need immigration permission. To be in the best possible position, you should start planning early. In this post Careers Adviser Laura Blackledge provides advice for international students who wish to remain in the UK once their studies have ended

Research – You need to research the types of organisations you would like to work for and ensure that you are gaining the relevant experience and skills to meet their requirements. Employers are looking for people who have the right combination of skills, qualities, knowledge and experience. They employ proactive graduates who have made the most of their time at university by working, volunteering and taking part in student activities.  Continue reading

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The true value of your career

Is money the dominating factor in decision making? Does a high salary distract you from your true aspiration? We all know the expression, ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness.’ In this blog post our Careers Advisor, Jim Bird, takes a look at how money affects career decisions.

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If you’ve been inspired by the Careers…Making a Difference Fair or you’re hoping to find a career path that matches your motivations, read on.  Continue reading

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First Steps: My Plan of Action

“I’m only in my first year, do I really need to start thinking about my career now?!” – It’s a question that lots of students ask. In this post our student contributor Rebekah Billingham explains how she is making the most of being a first year and making herself more employable!

stack of newspapers 02 I arrived at Leeds this September to start my English Language and Literature degree. Before I started uni, I had no idea what I wanted to do. After looking at all the possibilities my degree can lead to, for the time being my choices have been narrowed down to media, marketing or publishing, but I know this could change. Continue reading

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Getting into the Third Sector

The third sector is a vast area which encompasses a large range of organisations which are not-for-profit. In this blog post our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, gives her advice on how to get into the voluntary sector.

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This sector is also known as the charitable or voluntary sector. There are many career opportunities available in this sector, ranging from fundraising to advice giving. It’s important to consider that there are lots of activities that you can get involved in to help you enter this sector and some of these are outlined below. Continue reading

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Getting into Fine Art

In the next of our “Getting into..” series, our Careers Consultant Sue Holdsworth offers her advice on how to successfully pursue a career in Fine Art.

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Practicing as a Fine Artist

The old maxim about artists needing to spend 80% of their time on marketing and business and 20% on their art work is broadly true.

You should be aware of competitions and bursaries to support emerging artists and this will be time-consuming. A good place to start looking is A-N which advertises many opportunities for artists. Temporary work contracts such as residencies can make for an interesting and varied career, though periods of unemployment between jobs are a reality for most artists. Continue reading

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