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Careers advice for Masters students – start now!

Professional Development Tutor in Leeds University Business School, Marianne Savory discusses why Masters students can’t afford to wait to start planning their career.

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You arrived in Leeds a few weeks ago and are anxiously excited about the beginning of your programme.  A few people have mentioned careers and job applications but you don’t need to worry about that yet, you’ve got loads of time – right?  Wrong!

To ensure the best outcome after you finish your programme, you really need to start thinking about your career options now.

Start to think about how you might develop the skills and attributes required for your chosen career.  This will allow you to make a plan and access the most appropriate resources and opportunities whilst here in Leeds, and there will be loads available so you need to be selective and target your time accordingly. You can search for opportunities which will develop specific skills on the Leeds for Life website and check out the ‘how to develop your skills’ section of the Careers Centre website.

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Gained experience this summer? #ShowYourExperience to inspire others

Have you gained work experience this summer?  Want to share what you’ve been doing to help inspire your fellow students?

We know that Leeds students undertake all sorts of varied and interesting experiences and would love to see what you’ve been up to.  Whether on a placement, internship, part-time job, volunteering or any other form of work experience, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for photos of you at work, and are particularly interested in photos demonstrating the skills you’re developing or why your placement is unique and/or interesting.  Tweet us your pictures @LeedsUniCareers using #ShowYourExperience and #LeedsIntern and we’ll include the best ones in an album on Facebook.  If you’re not on Twitter you can send them as a private message on Facebook.

If you need some inspiration, here’s some photos from students who were on year-long placements in 2013/14

We are looking for submissions between 20th August and the 3rd September, after which we will compile the best ones into a Storify. Feel free to submit photos taken at any point during your experience. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to hearing from you!

Terms: By submitting a photo you are accepting that the University of Leeds is able to use your photograph, graphic, artwork or written evidence to promote work placement and work experience activity, either on printed or digital materials or in presentations, workshops or through social media.

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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.

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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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