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Getting into Academia

Are you considering an academic career? It can be difficult to know where to start, so in this blog post our Careers Consultant, Becky Clark, gives her top tips on how to be successful in academia.

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Whether you are at undergraduate, Masters or doctoral (see definition below)* level you may be considering an academic career. If you are passionate about your subject, like, and are good at, research, love being within a university and want to share your knowledge with university students then an academic career may be for you. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Research and Leadership Scholarship summer placement

If you’re considering a summer placement this year, why not look in to a Research and Leadership scholarship? That’s just what Karolis Velicka did, here he tells you how he made his summer placement happen!

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I am currently a second year Computer Science student and I have been awarded the Research and Leadership Scholarship by the University of Leeds. This scholarship is available in many departments of the university and is a great opportunity for anyone looking to do something extraordinary with their summer – the scholarship comes with two paid summer placements. For me the best thing is that the topic of your placement is entirely up to you, as long as it is in your department of study! Continue reading

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Research Internships Vs. Summer Studentships

Ever wondered what is the difference between a Research Internship and a Summer Studentship? In this post, Laura Riggall answers this question highlighting her experiences of both.

Laura RiggallBoth internships and studentships within the Faculty of Biological Sciences are fantastic opportunities to participate in; by completing either (or both) you can gain and improve a wide range of key skills, absorb new knowledge, push yourself to do things you haven’t done before, and overall boost your employability and credibility. So what exactly are the differences between internships and studentships, and what can each add to your CV? This article will define both internships and studentships, discuss what is available, and give examples of both by describing the projects I participated in. Continue reading

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How I got my job: Summer Studentship

Laura Riggall is a Medical Sciences student who is currently undertaking an industrial placement year. Here Laura explains how she secured her summer studentship and how it has helped her get where she is today! 

Laura Riggall

My name is Laura. I am a second year BSc Medical Sciences student and have just completed a laboratory-based neuroscience research summer studentship, under the supervision of Professor Jim Deuchars. Any summer studentship or internship across the university is a fantastic opportunity to participate in, and I hope by reading this post you will have a greater understanding of studentships, the application process, and what there is to gain from undertaking a studentship.  Continue reading

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Commercial awareness and career motivation

Heard the terms commercial awareness and career motivation but not sure what they are?  Here our Director, Bob Gilworth gives us an insight into what these terms mean and how you can develop them.

Consistent feedback tells us that the two most common causes of candidate failure in graduate selection processes are perceived lack of: commercial awareness and career motivation. These are often the key differentiators between applicants who are otherwise similarly qualified with similar evidence of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Continue reading

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Tips for Researching Companies

Janet Hindle, our Careers Information Adviser, provides some tips on how to research companies for the application process.

Employers want you to convey your enthusiasm for their company and for the job they are advertising. A common reason for rejecting candidates at the application stage or at job interviews is an apparent lack of interest or knowledge about the organisation. How can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? The answer is to research the organisation and their opportunity thoroughly. Your findings will help you target your application and perform better at interview as you can talk about your experiences in relation to the company culture and values. Continue reading

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Networking – how to do it and how to make the most of it

When thinking about networking, many people may think of it in a professional context but you probably network a lot in your personal life also.  So for example, meeting someone and talking to them about something you like and sharing this information with them is networking. Essentially networking is about gathering information and building a relationship and rapport with another person.  In relation to the professional context, this could help to develop knowledge and opportunities within sectors, organisations and specific job roles.  Continue reading

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