This week Andrea, a MSc Global Supply Chain graduate tells us about how he got is graduate position at Pladis and gives some detailed advice on the application process.
My name is Andrea Scirè, I am 22 years old and, after having finished my course in September, I graduated in December 2016 from the Leeds University Business School with a 2:1 (68%) MSc in Global Supply Chain Management.
When I left my home town, Rome (Italy), in September 2015, I could never have imagined that, slightly more than a year later, I would be working in the UK as a graduate with pladis (the number one biscuit manufacturer in the UK and Turkey and worldwide, known for iconic brands such as McVitie’s, Godiva and Ulker). But, believe me or not, this is what happened.
In the next few paragraphs, I will explain how the Professional Development Hub of the University of Leeds Business School and the Careers Centre helped me in getting selected from over 200+ candidates applying for this graduate scheme.
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
Thinking of entering the Public Sector? Our Careers Consultant, Marah Gardner, offers her advice on how to get in to this highly competitive sector!
What is it?
The public sector consists of local, national and international government. It includes employers as small as rural parish councils and as large as the European Parliament. These organisations create and implement policies and laws and provide public services such as environmental safety and planning, housing, leisure, social care, education, transport and health. Continue reading
Andrew Fong graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a B.A. History degree, achieving a 2.1 grade. Here he tells his story of how he has recently obtained a graduate job.
I left University way back in 2010 and feel I have had some fairly unique experiences since my graduation that may help encourage those in their own current predicaments.
Having graduated back in 2010, I was one of the many individuals that simply didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. Overwhelmed by the various graduate schemes available and the numerous opportunities for post-grad study, combined with the inevitable and depressing move back home with the parents, I found myself a job as a bar tender in a local hotel chain whilst I considered my options. As I had taken a year abroad in Australia as part of my degree with Leeds Uni, I soon realised I would be unable to afford a Masters Degree, so I decided to check out the various graduate schemes. Continue reading
First of all, congratulations! Finishing university is a big milestone and a fantastic achievement. It is an exciting time; you may be eager to get out there and make your mark on the world, and excited about the multitude of options open to you. However, once the relief of finishing finals is out of the way, it can also be a daunting and stressful time, particularly if you do not yet have a job, or other plans, lined up.
We are here to help you all the way with your next steps Continue reading
This post discusses graduate schemes in particular, but these schemes are far from the only option open to you. If you would like some other ideas, check out this blog post, or talk to us.
The term ‘graduate scheme’ generally refers to a structured (usually fixed-term) training programme, typically offered by larger organisations. They are most common in the corporate world, but are also available in other sectors, such as public sector and even in the charity sector.
These opportunities appeal to many students and graduates due to the structured training and often competitive salaries on offer, not to mention the appeal of working for a ‘household name’. Continue reading