Find out how Psychology students Lucy and Mayur landed their placements at Bradford Institute for Health Research. They share some useful tips on how to approach the application process and get relevant experience for research-based positions.
About the placement:
Mayur: Lucy and I have been working as Research and Implementation Assistants since joining the Bradford Institute for Health Research in September. Our work in the Quality and Safety department mainly consists of participating in a number of projects to improve patient safety in the NHS. Even though we both come from a Psychology degree, this placement has helped us to further explore the technicalities behind conducting research; doing things such as conducting questionnaires, systematic reviews, scoping and grey literature reviews, transcribing interviews, writing study protocols, attending focus groups and managing the department website. There have also been opportunities to attend lectures and conferences in Leeds, Harrogate and Oxford.
Are you looking for a placement or internship for next year? This post outlines a few key points to be aware of and is equally relevant for those of you looking for any type of work experience.
By far the most common questions I’ve had from students in the first few weeks of this term have been about placements and internships. This is fantastic to see – work experience is so valuable – but a lot of the students I’ve seen have been really stressed out about this. As such, I thought a quick post on the things you need to know if you’re looking for placements or internships for next year might help. Continue reading
We were at Freshers fair today and loved speaking to so many of you – at all stages of your studies! We thought it might be useful to answer some of the most common questions we were asked today on the blog, so here they are.
We will also tweet ongoing common questions and advice at #UoLCareerQs and if you’ve got a careers-related question, just tweet us using the hashtag.
Q: What does the Careers Centre do?
We are here to help ALL University of Leeds students with their careers and next steps after university. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a PhD student; whether you know exactly what you want to do or if you have no idea, we are here to help you. You can find out more about our services on our website. Continue reading
Whether you’re getting some shorter-term experience over the summer, or embarking on a year-long placement, here are some must-dos to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
1. Think about your objectives
OK, so your main objective may just have been to get some work experience, but now that you have it, you want to make the most of it. Thinking about what you want from the experience will help you enjoy it and make it worthwhile for you (as well as for the host organisation). For example: 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
Our Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair takes place on Monday 12th October from 11am-3pm at The Edge. There are over 120 organisations attending from a whole range of sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, at all levels, to find out about opportunities with these organisations and to make a good first impression. This post provides tips and advice to help you get the most out 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
Attending a large recruitment fair, particularly for the first time, can be daunting. Remember that all the organisations are there because they want to meet Leeds students, so try to relax and take advantage of the opportunity to speak to recruiters and those who are doing the job at the moment. The video below (taken from our Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last summer) provides a great overview of what to expect, as well as comments from recruiters, students and graduates on why they found it useful.
Anastacia Kruglova is a BSc Environmental Science student, currently on a year in industry with Building Engineering Company, Couch Perry Wilkes. Here she shares her experiences of searching for and securing a placement, along with her tips for other students.
My name is Anastacia and this year I am undertaking a placement year in CouchPerryWilkes engineering company as a part of my BSc Environmental Science. Some of my duties include thermal modelling of buildings, low-carbon technologies application and assessment of energy efficiency. Initially, I had not really considered working in the Engineering sector, however, thanks to my placement I have realised that there are lots of sectors where such a degree like mine can be applied. A placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, gain vital skills and build networks. All these and many other perks might arise thanks to placement. There are lots of good placements out there, however, I found that it can take a while to find a good one. Continue reading
Cat Smith graduated from her BA Geography Degree at Leeds this summer. She is now working for RateMyPlacement in their Marketing team, where she also spent her placement year. Here she shares her tips on making the adjustment back to University life following a placement year.
It’s a year of early starts, hellish morning commutes and a seemingly never ending to- do lists. However, when your placement year comes to an end, it’s sometimes a scary thought adjusting back into life at university.
I completed placement year at RateMyPlacement.co.uk in their marketing team. I had a grand total of two days off before making the journey back up to Leeds and re-entering the world of Harvard Referencing and daily battles in the union to grab the last meal deal. Continue reading
Hannah Cowton (studying Theatre & Performance at Leeds) is currently on placement as a Press Office Assistant in the PR Department at Kia Motors UK. She is running a vlog during her placement year and has kindly produced a video for us outlining how she got her placement, what it involves and her advice for other students looking for placements.
Remember, we are here to help you with all things career related. Check out our website for further details of how we can help you and for tips and advice on placements and work experience. You can see Hannah’s other posts and follow her vlog on her YouTube Channel.
BA Geography student Lizzie Augarde will be writing a number of posts for the blog during her placement year with NHS England, which she has just started. In this first posts she outlines how she landed her placement and shares her tips for other students who are, or will be, seeking placements.
Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’ve just started a 12 month placement working for NHS England in the Patients and Information Directorate: Medical and Nursing Analytical Team – in short, the team responsible for managing all the data related to hospitals and patients. I have just completed the second year of my BA Geography degree at the University of Leeds and have loved every minute of it, but I’m looking forward to spending this year doing something quite different Continue reading