On Thursday 2nd May 2019, Women in Leeds Digital (WiLD)‘s inaugural conference took place here on campus at Nexus Leeds, as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2019. Our Assistant Head of Careers Jess Henderson attended, and provides this summary.
I was so glad to be able to attend this event. The digital sector in Leeds is massive and growing rapidly. The sector is diverse, dynamic and exciting. We know lots of Leeds students wish to stay in or near Leeds after university and this conference provided an excellent showcase of the range of careers in digital, alongside debunking many myths or assumptions people make about getting into the digital sector:
Spoiler; you don’t need a IT related degree or background to work in digital. Continue reading
Joanna Threlfall is a Media and Online Relations Specialist at Search Laboratory. In this post she outlines why second languages can be extremely valuable in digital marketing and shares her tips for getting ahead in this booming sector.
If there’s one industry that will always need native speakers who understand the culture and nuances of a specific country or market, it is digital marketing. European languages have become a key requirement in many in-house industries who look to build on growing their international market. Many businesses within the UK have benefited from language skills as they used expert knowledge to put together creative campaigns which appeal to a European market. So, if you’re a Spanish, German, Italian or French speaker who would like to work in a more innovative international market, then Digital Marketing might be the place for you. Continue reading
This week, Georgia, a Music and Spanish graduate, talks about her experience with a month-long volunteering opportunity with Headingley LitFest in her final year. She gives an insight into her role in the project, and shares what the benefits are from volunteering alongside your studies.
My role volunteering at Headingley LitFest:
This year I took part in the Headingley LitFest as a volunteer. This month-long project had a number of different opportunities, and the committee were very happy to accommodate the volunteers’ desires and needs. I helped out with the setting up of a couple of events, as well as writing a review of the film screening event Jauja. I also played a significant role in the promotion of events through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Continue reading
Jayne White studied German at Leeds before going on to study an MA in translation. Here she explains how her career has developed from in-house translating to now being a successful freelancer.
I applied to study single honours German at Leeds because I loved the language and the course ranked very highly among its UK peers. I had no idea at that stage what career I wanted to pursue. Four years on, with finals approaching, I knew that I most definitely wanted to work with German rather than enter one of the professions on offer on the milk round. So, on the advice of a tutor, I applied to several universities running an MA in translation, which unfortunately Leeds did not offer back then. Continue reading
Sean McGibney, studying Chinese & Spanish, undertook a placement with Leeds Empties this summer through the Leeds Internship Programme. In this post, written earlier this summer, he shares his experiences of looking for and ultimately securing, a placement. He has now completed his internship; you may also be interested in the post he wrote for Leeds Empties reflecting on his placement with them.
It was the beginning of my second year in Leeds and I was only just coming to terms with a reading list that was longer than the receipt my friend John once got when he spent £150 in Aldi. A lazy summer spent achieving not a lot had long since blown the cobwebs back on to my unproductivity and the Chinese newspaper awaiting my attention in my first lecture looked less than appealing. Had I applied for any internships yet? I most certainly had not.
Starting to think about internships
Thinking of taking a year abroad as part of your degree? Hannah-Clare Akitt, a student who is currently on her year abroad, gives her advice on things to bear in mind.
Whether you’re studying languages and a year abroad is compulsory, or you’ve just decided it might be a good idea, there are a few things you need to think about before you apply.
For me, as a language student, the year abroad was inevitable, and preparations began at the beginning of my second year Continue reading