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!
- 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).
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
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
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.
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
“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!
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
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.
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
In this blog post we meet our Faculty Team Clerical Assistant, Michaela Lesayova. Here she tells us what her job entails and offers her top tips to students and graduates!
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I graduated from Leeds University in July 2012 with a BA International degree in Managing Performance. I have worked in various roles in the University during my degree in departments such as the International Student Office, the Study Abroad Office, Leeds International Summer School and my home department school. This extensive and positive experience led me to apply for a full-time post within the University, because I already had a valuable experience and I enjoyed working here. Continue reading
The Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair is an annual event which is this year held on Monday 14th October. In this blog post our student intern, Chloe McDonald, runs through why careers fairs are useful to you!
Careers fairs. You’ve seen the Tweets, the banners around campus and the emails that are sent to you every week. The Autumn Graduate jobs and Internships Fair is just round the corner, but why do you need to go? Why is it a good idea to go to a careers fair when you could be watching Breaking Bad, shopping at Trinity or preparing for an evening at Fruity? Continue reading
In the next of our “Meet our staff” series we meet Claire Alford, as she tells us about her role as a Careers Advisor.
What is your job at the careers centre and what does it involve?
I am a Careers Adviser; most of my time is spent working in the Careers Centre offering information and advice to students. This includes the drop in service where students can come in to the centre without an appointment. Whilst on drop in I provide information and advice to students or I can refer them for a mock interview or longer guidance appointment with a Careers Consultant. I also conduct mock interviews myself and this includes tailoring each question to meet the job specification and providing constructive feedback throughout. Another part of my role is answering queries on eGuidance along with planning and delivering workshops throughout the academic year. Continue reading