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Adaptability: The (often overlooked) key career skill

How adaptable are you?  Adaptability is an increasingly important aspect of employability.  Here, Careers Consultant Jess Henderson examines some of the evidence and gives advice on how to develop and demonstrate this key attribute.

Whilst adaptability as a career-skill is not a new requirement, a number of recent high-profile reports have served to underline its importance and value in an increasingly dynamic labour market.  This tweet from the National Council for Universities and Business caught my eye

and led me to their recent report Career Portfolios and the Labour Market for Graduates & Postgraduates in the UK Whilst he whole report makes for interesting reading, the following quote in particular resonated with me; Continue reading

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Leeds students compete in national business challenge semi-finals

Two teams of students are representing the University of Leeds in live semi-finals of the national Universities Business Challenge (UBC) competition this week.

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UBC UK is an annual simulated business competition open to all UK universities which consists of three rounds.    Round 1 took place on-line last autumn, round 2 are a number of semi-finals, and round 3 is the final.  During each round, teams act as consultants to make decisions affecting a simulated business and the teams achieving the highest profit at the end of each round progress to the next round of the competition.  You can find out more about the competition from our blog post earlier this year.

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Getting into Marketing

Marketing is a really popular career choice and we certainly see many of you who are interested in entering the profession.  So how can you put yourself above the rest and increase your chances of landing a job in marketing? Read on to find out.

Marketing and strategy

What is marketing?

“Marketing is the management process responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably.”
The official academic definition from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Think of it as creating a strategy to sell a product, event or service. Simply put, marketing is finding out what the consumer wants, and trying to make your product fit that description. Continue reading

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Rejected from Medicine.. Now what?

Being rejected is hard to take, and whilst it may feel like the end of the world at the moment, be reassured it isn’t. If you’ve found yourself in this situation and aren’t sure what to do next, read on as our Careers Consultant, Jean Harris, gives her advice on how to pick yourself up and start over.

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Firstly, if your disappointment is preventing you from moving on and from considering your options, remember you can access help to deal with your feelings at the University’s Counselling Service.

Thwarted would-be doctors have a great deal to offer and do find other careers immensely satisfying. What are those careers and how do you start to consider where you go from here? Read on…. Continue reading

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My Christmas holiday application plan

In the next post from our student contributor, Rebekah Billingham, we find out how she is hoping to make the most of her Christmas holidays.

CVIt’s the end of my first term and I’m just days away from swapping the hectic routine of uni life to the happy chaos of Christmas at home. If I’m honest, I’ve been too caught up with final assignments to think about internship applications for next Summer. But now that I’m reminded of it, I’ve come up with a new strategy to avoid getting too stressed. 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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Meet our staff: Careers Consultant

Meet Jean Harris, one of our Careers Consultant. Here she gives us an insight into her role at the Careers Centre.

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What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?

I’m a Careers Consultant. This involves a range of activities including: teaching on Careers modules, conducting guidance interviews, delivering careers lectures and staffing the Careers Centre drop-in service. As I link with Engineering and Biosciences I get to carry out my work in those faculties including running career sessions and drop-in services. I also get to talk with employers about what their company offers to graduates and what they are looking for from applicants. Continue reading

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