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 this post we’ll discuss 3 things you can do in your first year to boost your employability, based on reflecting on my own experience as a first year student. If you’re just starting univeristy, you’re probably reading this and wondering “Why would I start thinking about my career this early”, which is quite similar to what I was thinking at that stage. Looking back on my first year at university, I’ve realised it’s never too early to plan ahead, and what you do this year can have a positive impact on your employability and career prospects.
Balance between academic and extracurricular work
Taking opportunities to develop your skills is something you should prioritise this year. The key to making the most out of your first year is finding the right balance between academic and extracurricular work – put a bit of effort toward creating your schedule to fit in both these activities. Starting to build on your skills and experience in the second year may prove to be challenging, and it may be hard to find enough time in the first term of second year to fill any the gaps in your CV. That’s why if you start taking opportunities to build your CV in your first year, you’ll make it easier for yourself in the future.
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