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
Saad Ali is a final year student doing an integrated masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently working part-time at Slipstream Engineering Design and has completed a number of placements throughout his time at Leeds. In this article, he shares his experience of applying to placements and advice on how to make the best of your time at university.
Not spending enough time on applications
After sending numerous applications without any success, one day sat in a career’s lecture, I realised that I probably spend more time deciding what to watch on Netflix than I do my applications. My first ‘proper’ application took me 40 hours to write, it was a form with two questions for internship at Toyota Boshoku in Japan.
Visit to Kinkakuji Castle with a fellow intern during my placement in Japan
I went over it several times, and got help from my Faculty Employability team and the Careers Centre, to ensure each sentence was as concise as it could be whilst delivering my knowledge of the company and industry, and demonstrating how my skills aligned with the job role. It eventually secured me my immensely rewarding and ‘life-changing’ summer placement! Continue reading
Andrea Manouchou studies Management and is currently on an industrial placement with the University’s Alumni Department, where part of her role involves promoting the Leeds Network. In this post she outlines the value of networking and how the Leeds Network can help you access insights, tips and advice from Alumni of the University working in your sectors of interest.
Networking is extremely important for our generation. It is one of the best ways to acquire career information or words of wisdom from experts in the sector that interests you. Contacts made through networking have now become more important than ever before. LinkedIn, a professional networking tool, now has over 380 million users, proving how valuable networking is. And now is the best time for you to start networking as well.
One week today is the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair. This is the region’s largest event of its kind, with over 100 organisations attending. This post will help you prepare and get the most out of it.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve attended a careers fair before, they can be a bit intimidating. This fair attracts a lot of employers, students and graduates and so is busy. This video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, will give you an idea of what to expect Continue reading
The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place at The Edge here on campus on 8th June 2015. With over 120 organisations attending, including local, national and international companies and postgraduate education providers, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives from a range of organisations. In this post, final year student Verity outlines why she thinks meeting such representatives face to face is so useful.
I’m a final year Literature student and I’ve been working in the Careers Centre’s Employer Team part time since September, mostly doing administration, working at events and some marketing. One of my main jobs is uploading vacancies to the Careers Centre Jobs Portal. I always find it interesting to take a sneaky peak and discover interesting job roles I never imagined existed across the UK and the world that I could apply for as an arts graduate. I think there is a myth amongst arts students that the Careers Centre can only help those studying Business, IT or Engineering; it has been really eye-opening and reassuring to see the huge range of opportunities that are applicable to my interests and aspirations across the Advertising/Marketing/PR, Creative Arts/Design, Education, HR/ Recruitment and Media/Publishing/Journalism industries.
Answering the phones and e-mails, hosting recruiters at workshops and events and listening in on company presentations has given me numerous opportunities to chat to recruiters and HR execs from all kinds of companies, local businesses and huge multi-national corporations. There is definitely something to be said for talking to a recruiter face to face so you can really gain an understanding of what that company is about. Most importantly, speaking to someone in person helps you to build confidence in your own skills so much more than a faceless application. This is why I think the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is such a unique opportunity for soon-to-be-graduates to introduce themselves to employers, get a sense for the recruiters as people (the HR exec reading your application is still a human!) and ask the important questions. I think it is the best way to gain confidence in your own abilities and qualifications which will crucially come through at the time of application and interview.
To get a flavour of what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, take a look at this short video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, and hear from recruiters and students about what they think of the fair. Stay up to date with news about the Fair at #YGRF15 on Twitter. Full details, including a list of which organisations are attending is available on the fair mini-site
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