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International Students – Working after your studies

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

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Graduating this summer? It’s not too late to get a graduate job…

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.

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“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

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Your Job Search post 2013 graduation

Graduated this year? Still searching for a job? Perhaps this post from our Careers Consultant Richard Lidwell will help.

graduationIt’s now almost six months since you graduated, and Christmas is around the corner.

If you’re still seeking your first graduate job, this could be the point where you may need to spend some time considering where you’ve got to in the job hunt, and evaluating this. Continue reading

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Getting into IT and Computing

Fancy a career in the ever growing IT or Computing sector? In this blog post Senior Careers Consultant, Caroline Williams explains how to break in to the industry, IT graduate or not! 

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Imagine a world without IT?  Most of us probably can’t as it is a massive industry both for personal and businesses use – most organisations nowadays have some sort of IT presence.  Therefore there are many opportunities available within the sector – not just in the big IT companies.  It is predicted that the recruitment of graduates for this sector is due to increase by 15% from 2012 to 2013.  Continue reading

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Commercial awareness and career motivation

Heard the terms commercial awareness and career motivation but not sure what they are?  Here our Director, Bob Gilworth gives us an insight into what these terms mean and how you can develop them.

Consistent feedback tells us that the two most common causes of candidate failure in graduate selection processes are perceived lack of: commercial awareness and career motivation. These are often the key differentiators between applicants who are otherwise similarly qualified with similar evidence of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Employer Liaison Assistant

Meet Shabana Hussein, our Employer Liaison Assistant. She is a recent University of Leeds graduate and here she gives us an insight into her role at the Careers Centre.

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What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?

I graduated from Leeds University in 2011 with a BSc Joint Honours in Geography and Management, and I’m now fortunate enough to be back as an employee. Leeds University is a wonderful organisation giving staff the opportunity to develop and excel within their roles.

I work in the Careers Centre, being part of the Employer Team, a group of eight proactive individuals. Continue reading

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My Day at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair

Joel Briscoe has just completed his first year studying an Undergraduate Degree in Physics. He attended the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last week and here he outlines his experiences of it.

My Expectations

I didn’t really know what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair other than being bombarded with flyers and requests for my emails, however, I was happily surprised this wasn’t the case when I arrived!

At The Fair

So, the first thing I did after picking up my programme was to find the employers I really wanted to talk to during the day Continue reading

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