We were recently approached by some students from the Business school who produce a newsletter – e-Financial – which aims to help keep students up to date with the latest business news. They asked for an interview about LinkedIn to include in the first edition of their newsletter. As these questions were posed by students, we thought this feature might also be of interest to other students so are re-publishing their article here with their permission. You can find out more about e-financial, including ways to contribute and sign up to their newsletter, on their Facebook page
1. What is networking and how does it benefit your career?
A simple definition of a network in this context, provided by Oxforddictionaries.com is
“A group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes:”
So networking simply means interacting with your network to exchange information and contacts. It is especially useful to notice the use of the word ‘social’ in this definition. Networking is something we all do everyday, whenever we interact with anyone else. Networking in career terms Continue reading
Jenny Smith is a final year PhD student, studying Medical and Biological Engineering, and has just secured a training contract with Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, at their Leeds office. In this post she outlines how she found out about the profession and secured her role
With a year to go of my PhD, I started investigating new career paths, after deciding continuing in research and academia wasn’t for me. I attended a University of Leeds Careers Centre conference, ‘Gown to Town: Alternatives to an academic career’, and whilst there heard a talk by a patent attorney Continue reading
This week Amy Moody, Student Recruitment Officer at EY, delivered a useful and thought-provoking session on LinkedIn and personal impact. Here’s a summary of what she covered
Amy outlined some of the ways you can use LinkedIn and how to create a strong profile. These were her top 5 ‘to-dos’ if you are on LinkedIn: 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
Ever wondered what graduates of your degree go on to do?
Or perhaps you know the sort of job you’re interested in and want to know how others got there, or the types of employers you should be looking at?
In this post I outline two useful features of LinkedIn™ that can help you explore these questions, namely LinkedIn Alumni, and Fields of Study.
How LinkedIn™ alumni could help you
There are all sorts of ways in which the alumni feature of LinkedIn™ could help you. I’ve outlined a few key ones below:
Browse profiles to find out the range of things graduates of your programme – or the university as a whole – go on to do.
2. Explore career paths Continue reading