Daniel Davis is a 3rd Year Neuroscience BSc student and is doing an internship as Student Engagement Event Coordinator. In this post he outlines the fantastic Student Engagement Showcase event, taking place this Wednesday, 25th November, which is open to all students and staff at the University of Leeds.
When I started university, the most common phrase I heard was ‘Make the most of it, it goes so quickly’ and it is 100% true. Now in my final year Neuroscience BSc, it seems like yesterday that I first moved into halls of residence yet now I am preparing my final year dissertation! It goes so quickly you have to grab every opportunity possible, and the University of Leeds offers an extraordinary amount of opportunities for both inside and out of your degree.
My latest project is an internship within the University as one of the Event Coordinators for the Student Engagement Showcase. This one-afternoon extravaganza celebrates the immense diversity of opportunities available for students; from internships to volunteering, research, societies and course reps to Leeds for Life. All are amazing ways for students to get involved in the running of the University and gain some invaluable experience for the future. 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
Alexander Sankey graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Computing. Since graduating he has gone on to work for international IT services provider, FDM Group. Below Alexander shares his experience that followed this opportunity.
At university I thoroughly enjoyed studying my degree in Computing and I chose the subject because I had always had a passion for all aspects of computing and technology. Continue reading
Are you an Arts or PVAC student?
Unsure as to where you degree could lead?
Starting to think about your options after university and feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of careers on offer?
Put Wednesday 13th November in your diary because Expo13 is a careers day aimed directly at you! Continue reading
In this blog post we meet our Faculty Team Clerical Assistant, Michaela Lesayova. Here she tells us what her job entails and offers her top tips to students and graduates!
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I graduated from Leeds University in July 2012 with a BA International degree in Managing Performance. I have worked in various roles in the University during my degree in departments such as the International Student Office, the Study Abroad Office, Leeds International Summer School and my home department school. This extensive and positive experience led me to apply for a full-time post within the University, because I already had a valuable experience and I enjoyed working here. Continue reading
The Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair is an annual event which is this year held on Monday 14th October. In this blog post our student intern, Chloe McDonald, runs through why careers fairs are useful to you!
Careers fairs. You’ve seen the Tweets, the banners around campus and the emails that are sent to you every week. The Autumn Graduate jobs and Internships Fair is just round the corner, but why do you need to go? Why is it a good idea to go to a careers fair when you could be watching Breaking Bad, shopping at Trinity or preparing for an evening at Fruity? Continue reading
Fancy developing your employability skills and at the same time meet with potential employers?
Would you like to help create more local jobs and internships for University of Leeds students?
If you answered yes to all of the above then this could be for you.“Excuse to Breakfast” is an opportunity for you to enhance your networking skills by engaging local employers to attend two breakfast networking events in semester 2. You will work in a team with other students, to research the local labour market and find an industry which is of interest to you. You will then be trained to approach organisations within that industry and invite them to a breakfast networking event. The event will be set up by yourselves (with our support and expertise) so not only will you develop great communication and interpersonal skills but you’ll also be able to demonstrate a proficiency in event management! Continue reading
In the next of our “Meet our staff” series we meet Claire Alford, as she tells us about her role as a Careers Advisor.
What is your job at the careers centre and what does it involve?
I am a Careers Adviser; most of my time is spent working in the Careers Centre offering information and advice to students. This includes the drop in service where students can come in to the centre without an appointment. Whilst on drop in I provide information and advice to students or I can refer them for a mock interview or longer guidance appointment with a Careers Consultant. I also conduct mock interviews myself and this includes tailoring each question to meet the job specification and providing constructive feedback throughout. Another part of my role is answering queries on eGuidance along with planning and delivering workshops throughout the academic year. 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
1. Colette in France
2. Catherine accompanying a school ski trip
Colette: Studying Mathematics and Biology and spent a year teaching English in primary schools in southern France.
Catherine: Studying English and Philosophy, and spent a year teaching English in a secondary school in western Germany.
When did you decide you wanted to do a year abroad Continue reading