Joshua Jervis graduated from Leeds this summer with a degree in International Relations. He is now working in Leeds as a Threat Analyst with Maxwell Lucas. In this post he explains how his career interests developed and shares his advice for other students.
I am currently the Asia Pacific Threat Analyst for Maxwell Lucas in Leeds (part of Healix International). My role predominantly comprises of monitoring global news sources and identifying potential threats to business travellers, producing ad-hoc reports and special advisories on regional security threats and researching national issues from crime to health. I am solely responsible for setting the threat and evacuation levels throughout my region based on my knowledge of the country and my perception of whether the security environment is likely to improve or deteriorate. Continue reading
Whilst many students don’t have any ideas about what they might want to do (see this post for help if that’s you), there are also many who will know exactly what they want to do, or at least have some ideas. If you’re in the latter group and struggling to find opportunities of interest, or not getting anywhere with your applications, it could be time for a new approach to your job-seeking strategy. In this post we outline how taking a more proactive approach to your job search can net you a job, and how to do it well.
Jasmine Mellor, a textile design student, has recently started her placement with the Home Retail Group. In this post, which she wrote shortly before starting her placement, she shares her top tips for placement-seeking success.
I am a second year undergraduate student studying Textile Design and I am about to start a 6 month placement at the Home Retail Group which compromises of Argos, Habitat and Homebase. The design industry is highly competitive and experience is essential. The need for this experience is what fuelled my decision to take a year out of my studies and complete a year in industry.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a CV and cover letter Continue reading
Alex Edward, studying Geological Sciences, has recently started an industrial placement at Sirius Geotechnical and Environmental in Leeds. He will be writing a number of posts for this blog during the course of his placement. In this first post he gives his advice, based on his experience of looking for placements last year, to other students seeking placements.
For the vast majority of my 2nd year, my main focus wasn’t on my university studies. It wasn’t on going out every night. It wasn’t on one of the various societies I was a member of. It was on trying to secure myself a placement for a year in industry (although the first and third points did help with the latter). I was mainly motivated by the fact that I know that work experience, not necessarily degree qualifications, are key to getting a good graduate position.
I am by no means suggesting don’t bother working hard at uni: Most places require you to have a good degree, especially in a technical field, but getting experience in your desired field before you graduate I think Continue reading
Are you interested in a career in consulting? If so, work experience is essential! This guest post by Emma Mannington, Online Content Editor for Inside Careers, offers advice on how to get your foot in the door and gain work experience in the competitive consulting sector.
What is consulting?
Work in consulting involves providing external advice to organisations that require specialist expertise or an objective outside perspective on their business. Consulting is the identification and assessment of a problem or analysis of a specific area of an organisation, the reporting of findings and the formulations of recommendations for improvement. Continue reading