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
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
Are you thinking of coming to the Autumn Graduate Jobs & Internships Fair on Monday 13th October? It is a fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from over 100 organisations who are all interested in meeting students like you. Whether you are still undecided, or if you are definitely coming, this post outlines how it can help you as well as how you can make the most of it.
Who should attend?
Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.
What to expect 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
Alex Edward, studying Geological Sciences, has recently started an industrial placement at Sirius Geotechnical and Environmental in Leeds. He will be writing a number of posts for this blog during the course of his placement. In this first post he gives his advice, based on his experience of looking for placements last year, to other students seeking placements.
For the vast majority of my 2nd year, my main focus wasn’t on my university studies. It wasn’t on going out every night. It wasn’t on one of the various societies I was a member of. It was on trying to secure myself a placement for a year in industry (although the first and third points did help with the latter). I was mainly motivated by the fact that I know that work experience, not necessarily degree qualifications, are key to getting a good graduate position.
I am by no means suggesting don’t bother working hard at uni: Most places require you to have a good degree, especially in a technical field, but getting experience in your desired field before you graduate I think Continue reading