Is getting some work experience on your agenda for this summer? It should be, as employers are increasingly citing this as one of the most important things they look for in graduate recruits. This needn’t be a chore nor does it have to take up much of your summer, but using a variety of different approaches will really pay off. Read on for our quick and simple tips on how to go about it.
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this applies when looking for work experience too (or jobs for that matter). You may have been searching for and applying to advertised opportunities already. This is definitely worthwhile, but in addition to applying for advertised roles it is also good to mix it up and use a variety of approaches in your search. So what else can you do? 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
Tay-Yibah Aziz is undertaking a placement year at the University of Leeds as a Public Engagement Intern, a placement she secured through the Leeds Internship Programme. During her placement she will be working with the STEM@Leeds team in Educational Engagement in partnership with WYSTEM, coordinators of the STEM Ambassadors voluntary programme in West Yorkshire. In this first post, she shares her experiences of securing the placement, and her learning points and advice for other students seeking placements.
Hi everyone, I’m Tay. I’ve just finished my 2nd year doing Human Physiology and I worked very hard to gain a placement year. I knew I wanted to do a placement year as soon as the opportunity arose; I felt as though I needed some extra experience and development before graduation. I’m still unsure as to future plans after my degree and this year will give me the opportunity to become accustomed to a professional working environment and hopefully help me in the decision making process.
Do I want to get a graduate job or pursue further study?
Would I enjoy an office environment over being in labs?
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
Helen Davies, a Sports and Exercise Science student, is undertaking an industrial placement with the Student Opportunity and Enhancement team here at Leeds. In this, her first post, she gives a summary of her role and the work of the team. This post is part of our mini-series of themed posts about placements and work experience that we are running throughout September.
11 weeks down (already!); 41 to go. I don’t know where this summer has gone, time goes so quickly, before I know it it’s Friday again. But it really is true that you learn something new every day, even if it’s just that I need to press 9 on the phone before calling an external number!
So what have I been up to?
Well where do I start… I suppose from the beginning would be best: I’m Helen and this year I am the Student Opportunity and Enhancement (SOE) Intern here at Uni, which I secured through the Leeds Internship Programme.
What do the Student Opportunity & Enhancement team do?
Have you gained work experience this summer? Want to share what you’ve been doing to help inspire your fellow students?
We know that Leeds students undertake all sorts of varied and interesting experiences and would love to see what you’ve been up to. Whether on a placement, internship, part-time job, volunteering or any other form of work experience, we want to hear from you!
We’re looking for photos of you at work, and are particularly interested in photos demonstrating the skills you’re developing or why your placement is unique and/or interesting. Tweet us your pictures @LeedsUniCareers using #ShowYourExperience and #LeedsIntern and we’ll include the best ones in an album on Facebook. If you’re not on Twitter you can send them as a private message on Facebook.
If you need some inspiration, here’s some photos from students who were on year-long placements in 2013/14
We are looking for submissions between 20th August and the 3rd September, after which we will compile the best ones into a Storify. Feel free to submit photos taken at any point during your experience. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to hearing from you!
Terms: By submitting a photo you are accepting that the University of Leeds is able to use your photograph, graphic, artwork or written evidence to promote work placement and work experience activity, either on printed or digital materials or in presentations, workshops or through social media.