In June 2017 Abigail Heffer graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 in BSc Biological Sciences (Ind), she now works at ApotheCom as a Senior Account Executive. Abigail secured a placement year at Roche during her studies- with CV support from the Careers Centre. Follow Abigail’s journey from University of Leeds student to the rewarding, dynamic, fast paced world of Medical Communications.
Applying for a placement year
From relatively early on in my degree, I knew a lab-based career wouldn’t be for me. I wanted the buzz of an office, and to have a role that necessitated communicating with a wide range of different people and personalities. An office-based role in the pharmaceutical industry seemed like it might be a good fit, and so at the beginning of my second year at University I applied for industrial placements with the major players – Pfizer; GSK; AstraZeneca; Johnson & Johnson – but with no success.
Careers Centre support
I hadn’t previously considered visiting the University Careers Centre, but as something in my applications wasn’t hitting the mark, I turned to them for support. The Career Advisers were incredibly helpful, making some key tweaks to my CV and covering letters that would help me stand out from other candidates. Multiple applications and many mock interviews later, I was very happy to find out that I had been offered a placement with Roche in their Clinical Operations department, Welwyn Garden City.
English and Philosophy graduate Sarah talks about her experience as Communications Director at healthcare IT firm TPP. She talks about how activities and skills she gained at university helped her land this position, and provides some useful tips for anyone who’s aspiring to a career in marketing.
I’m Communications Director at a healthcare IT firm called TPP, based in Leeds. I lead a small marketing and communications team of five people and we support the sales team in keeping our current customers happy and well informed, trying to get new sales and promoting the work we’re doing. Our largest customer in the UK is the NHS and we have over 6,000 NHS customers. This means me and my team need to keep up to date with government policy and know who’s who in the world of healthcare.
If you’re about to start your final year at university, it can be an exciting – and potentially daunting – time. However you feel about it, the year is likely to fly by. Here are 3 key things we would encourage you to do this year to ensure a successful future – whatever you want that to be!
Getting some clarity in your interests and goals is really valuable. You do not need to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life – in all likelihood this will change throughout your working life – focus instead on what next after university.
Talk to people, attend events, explore what’s out there. Our Autumn Fair is a fantastic opportunity to do this, but keep an eye out for all the other events – university-wide as well as things happening in your school or faculty. These can give you invaluable insights into a whole range of careers.
Whilst many students don’t have any ideas about what they might want to do (see this post for help if that’s you), there are also many who will know exactly what they want to do, or at least have some ideas. If you’re in the latter group and struggling to find opportunities of interest, or not getting anywhere with your applications, it could be time for a new approach to your job-seeking strategy. In this post we outline how taking a more proactive approach to your job search can net you a job, and how to do it well.
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
Katie McCormack graduated in 2012, then worked for a couple of years developing her professional experience before securing a place on a graduate scheme earlier this year. Here she shares her experiences and learning points as well as the experience of undertaking a video interview.
I have recently gained a place on a marketing graduate scheme at Morrisons. I graduated back in 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies and have worked for two years since, which shows you don’t always have to be a recent graduate to get accepted onto a graduate scheme. 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
Just graduated and worried about what you’re going to do next? Try not to panic.. In this blog post our Careers Advisor, Georgina Larkin, explains how to keep calm and get yourself a graduate job.
“I’ve just finished my exams and have no idea what to do now…“. This is a phrase we hear a lot in the Careers Centre at this time of year. It can be a daunting time. For the past few months you have been concentrating on your finals, but now they are finished it seems as though all your friends have their lives sorted out. Everyone seems to be asking you, “So, what are you going to do now?” Does this sound familiar? Continue reading
Not sure what the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is? In this blog post our Careers Advisor, Claire Alford, explains just that and offers her advice on how to make the most of the fair.
As a graduate myself, I know that whilst concentrating on exams, it can be hard to think about career plans. At times it can be easier to push it to the back of your mind and think: ‘I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it’ , but speaking from my own experience, preparation for your future can actually make things a lot easier. Continue reading