Laura Nash is a graduate in LLB Law, and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004. She now practises as a Solicitor with Blackstone Solicitors, and has shared her story and advice for students also pursuing law careers.
As a teenager, I had no real idea what road to go down with my A-levels and beyond. The advice from my older (and maybe wiser) cousin was to study the subjects I would perform the best in, as good grades would open the most doors. At A-level I chose to study English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Sociology, and thankfully achieved three A grades. I applied to read Law as I could not go wrong – a degree in Law, and possibly a career in Law too!
I studied LLB Law at the University of Leeds. Leeds is a city I knew well as a child. My Dad grew up in Woodhouse Park, and I have memories of my Dad driving me around the streets showing me his homes and schools whilst recounting tales. Leeds was the natural choice for me; a fantastic red brick University only an hour from my home town of Manchester. It was close enough that I could pop home for the night but far enough away that I didn’t have to!
My second year at Leeds was all about the vacation schemes! Days were spent in the computer clusters (I’m sure they look very different now!) drafting applications and frantically checking emails. I was delighted to secure vacation schemes at Eversheds and Hammonds in 2003 and I enjoyed them both thoroughly. I chose to train at Eversheds and qualified there in 2007 after a successful training contract, being offered jobs in 3 departments (in a recession), and coming first in the national trainee cohort at Eversheds in the Finance and Business Skills module.
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
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
Careers Fairs allow students to meet a range of employers and learn what they are looking for in their future employees. If you are undecided about a career, they are an opportunity to explore and learn more about your options. If you have already decided on a career, meeting with employers at the fair enables you to gain further information about that organisation which can really make a difference in your application.
Chances are that the recruiter you meet at the fair will be involved in recruiting you so it is really important to make a great first impression. We run several ‘Preparing for the Careers Fair’ skills sessions throughout the year Continue reading
Sean McGibney, studying Chinese & Spanish, undertook a placement with Leeds Empties this summer through the Leeds Internship Programme. In this post, written earlier this summer, he shares his experiences of looking for and ultimately securing, a placement. He has now completed his internship; you may also be interested in the post he wrote for Leeds Empties reflecting on his placement with them.
It was the beginning of my second year in Leeds and I was only just coming to terms with a reading list that was longer than the receipt my friend John once got when he spent £150 in Aldi. A lazy summer spent achieving not a lot had long since blown the cobwebs back on to my unproductivity and the Chinese newspaper awaiting my attention in my first lecture looked less than appealing. Had I applied for any internships yet? I most certainly had not.
Starting to think about internships
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!
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
“I’m only in my first year, do I really need to start thinking about my career now?!” – It’s a question that lots of students ask. In this post our student contributor Rebekah Billingham explains how she is making the most of being a first year and making herself more employable!
I arrived at Leeds this September to start my English Language and Literature degree. Before I started uni, I had no idea what I wanted to do. After looking at all the possibilities my degree can lead to, for the time being my choices have been narrowed down to media, marketing or publishing, but I know this could change. Continue reading