University of Leeds 2018 Sociology graduate Alice Whapples explains how her part time jobs have given her a wealth of transferable skills. She has some tips on how to identify vital employability skills you have gained from work and study.
Alice is currently an Employment and Progression Assistant at the University of Leeds Careers Centre giving careers support to our Arts, Humanities and Cultures undergraduates.
I often hear people talking about trying to ‘bulk up’ their CV with relevant work experience, or worrying that they do not have enough experiences to talk about in interviews. When I started looking at employment I was exactly the same.
Identifying your skills
Employers are increasingly looking at an applicant’s awareness of the skills they currently possess and an ability to demonstrate them in relation to the job brief. This can seem daunting, especially when you feel like you haven’t got enough experience of the working environment. However, many students don’t realise that skills they have gained through part-time work and during projects at university are transferable for loads of jobs within the graduate labour market.
Zach completed a Masters in Management at Leeds in 2015, following an undergraduate degree at another university and now works as a Data Support Officer at the NHS in Leeds. In this post he shares his experiences of finding his way in a challenging graduate job market, developing self-confidence, and how he benefitted from accessing careers support.
The modern, conventional graduate is an interesting, enviable breed to behold. They flood the job market every July; they are the peak of their game, usually at a time before mortgages and child bearing clamp in: Usually, their experience is at rock bottom, but their enthusiasm and sheer innovation is sky high. And pre-2008, employers would have awarded contracts to many on the basis of this enthusiasm and innovation alone. Continue reading
We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.
We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.
Q: What does the Careers Centre do?
We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you. You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading
In the next post from our student contributor, Rebekah Billingham, we find out how she is hoping to make the most of her Christmas holidays.
It’s the end of my first term and I’m just days away from swapping the hectic routine of uni life to the happy chaos of Christmas at home. If I’m honest, I’ve been too caught up with final assignments to think about internship applications for next Summer. But now that I’m reminded of it, I’ve come up with a new strategy to avoid getting too stressed. Continue reading
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!
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
In this “meet our staff” post we meet Imogen Johnson, our Fair Liaison Officer, and find out more about her role at the Careers Centre.
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I am the Fair Liaison Officer. I work in the Employer Team and we are responsible for organising Careers Events on campus including employer presentations and Careers Fairs. Recently I was involved in managing the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair which was attended by 109 organisations and over 3500 students. I promote our events to employers and students and oversee the booking procedure. I oversee the logistics for Careers Fairs including creating and editing Fair Guides, organising car parking and catering and making sure attendees have all the information they need. Continue reading