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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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How I got my job: Fundraising Academy Project Coordinator

Looking to break into the third sector or cultural industries? In this blog post University of Leeds student Nick Watts explains how he did just that with his industrial placement year.

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I’m Nick and I’m doing an industrial placement at DARE (a collaboration between Opera North and University of Leeds) as the coordinator for the UK’s first Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme. Before that I had completed my second year BA Music and Philosophy (Ind). Continue reading

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Getting into the Third Sector

The third sector is a vast area which encompasses a large range of organisations which are not-for-profit. In this blog post our Careers Consultant, Venita Girvan, gives her advice on how to get into the voluntary sector.

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This sector is also known as the charitable or voluntary sector. There are many career opportunities available in this sector, ranging from fundraising to advice giving. It’s important to consider that there are lots of activities that you can get involved in to help you enter this sector and some of these are outlined below. 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! 

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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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Meet our staff: Careers Consultant

In this blog post one of our Careers Consultant, Jessica Henderson, explains the ins and outs of her job!

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

I’m a Careers Consultant, linked with the Faculties of Environment and Biological Sciences. The role of Careers Consultant at Leeds is incredibly varied. On any given day I might be;

  • Seeing students individually in drop-ins or for longer guidance appointments for all things career-related
  • Teaching on one of our career development modules, or assessing student work
  • Planning or delivering  workshops and presentations at the Careers Centre or in faculties
  • Helping to plan and run careers events
  • Speaking to employers or hosting an employer event on campus
  • Meeting with colleagues across the university to negotiate input in the forms of teaching, workshops, events and more
  • Researching specific topics or career areas
  • Supporting students on our placement year module as a Placement Tutor
  • Staying up to date with the graduate job market and maintaining career-specific knowledge across a range of sectors
  • Attending conferences, training events and information briefings Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Social Media Development Intern

Meet our Social Media Development Intern, Chloe McDonald. Look out for further posts explaining her role and what it’s like to be the Careers Centre Intern over the course of the year!

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

I am currently on a work placement year, but once I am back at university I will return to my final year studying a BA in Communications. My degree is left relatively open, with few compulsory modules so you can really make the degree in to what you want it to be! As to where it can lead, there are many jobs that can come about following a degree in Communications, including academia, PR, journalism, marketing and social media. Continue reading

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Meet our staff: Careers Consultant

Meet Steve Carter, one of our Careers Consultants. Steve explains what his job involves and how he got where he is today!

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

I’m a Careers Consultant here at the Careers Centre.  My job involves giving students advice on a one-to-one basis, some teaching and also coordinating a couple of projects that involve liaising with local employers.  Continue reading

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