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Work experience for undergraduates

Are you an undergraduate and thinking about getting work experience over the summer but afraid that it’s too late? Don’t worry because there are still things you could get involved in to help you develop your skills over the summer and there are plenty of opportunities available.

In this post we will highlight some quick ideas of where to look for work experience and how to find it:

  • Speculative applications

A lot of vacancies are not advertised, so there is an advantage to approaching an organisation off your own back. If you approach an organisation yourself, it already demonstrates that you have knowledge of them and you actually want to work for them.  You can also highlight exactly how much experience you would like with the organisation and if it’s a large company, you can highlight if you would like experience in specific areas of that company. Check out our website for full details of how to apply speculatively. Continue reading

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Make the most of your summer

This is a guest post written by We Connect Students. If you would like help or advice on anything in this post (or anything else careers-related), remember we are open all summer, pop in and see us on drop-in, call us, or use our e-guidance service.

For many students the summer holiday is tantalisingly within sight and for a lucky few, it has already begun. Nearly four months of stress-free bliss is the reward for weeks and weeks of essays, revision and exams.

But with such a long time until the new academic year begins, it can be easy to fritter away this golden opportunity to enhance your career prospects.

This may not be what you wanted to hear, but being productive for just a small part of your lengthy holiday will put you in good stead, regardless of how far down your university journey you are.

So with that in mind, here are five handy tips on how to have a productive summer holiday Continue reading

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How I got my internship: Design and Communications agency

Sarah Johns is currently a first year student studying a BA in Geography.  She has just sourced her own internship and gives her tips on how this can be achieved.

I have just been accepted onto a one month work experience placement for a design and communications agency based in Leeds and London.

Applying for advertised internships can be a stressful and competitive process. There are other methods though. Prior to being accepted as an intern, no formal application had taken place, let alone handing in a CV.

Google searches of the word ‘internships’ did not get me very far. Instead, I sought opportunities through University to develop skills, volunteer and gain insight into future careers Continue reading

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Careers…Making A Difference

Lauren McArthur, our Fair Liaison Officer gives her insight and advice on making the most of our upcoming ‘Careers . . Making A Difference’ event


Public sector.  Not for profit.  Charities.  Central government.  Think tanks.   Government and Politics.  Volunteering in the UK and abroad.  Teaching.  Conservation.   Companies from all of these sectors and many more will be attending  the ‘Careers…Making  A Difference’ Continue reading

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Now is the time!

Jenny, our awesome intern who is a recent Leeds PVAC graduate, gives her tips on making the most of your time at Leeds


After being in the role of Graduate Intern at the Careers Centre for almost two months now, there are a lot of things I have learnt; not least how exciting having your own desk is! However, by far the biggest lesson I have learnt, and at the risk of sounding like I am preaching, now is the time! Continue reading

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Autumn Career Essentials – Get involved!

Graduate recruitment is competitive and employers are increasingly interested in what else you have done – alongside your degree – to develop your skills and competencies.  A common complaint from recruiters is that students often lack the skills they need, or are unable to articulate these in a meaningful way.

The good news is that the majority of skills which employers seek are fairly generic transferable skills and as a student at the University of Leeds there are literally hundreds of things you can get involved in to help you develop the skills sought by recruiters.  Work experience is one example and you might want to look at our recent post on internships and work experience.  In addition to work experience, one of the easiest, and most enjoyable ways to develop and evidence your skills is by getting involved with the array of activities available to you right here on campus Continue reading

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Internships & work experience – Autumn Career Essentials

Employers warn that graduates with no work experience are unlikely to be successful in the selection process

High Fliers 2012 survey.

Sound scary? It is worth noting that High Fliers is a survey of the Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters which is only a very small  portion of graduate market. Nevertheless, experience is increasingly important and sought after by employers across the board.

The good news is that there are many ways of developing experience. We’ve listed some below to help you get started; whether you are in your first or final year, it is never too early (or too late) to undertake some work experience.  Clearly, the more you have the better, so we advise starting as soon as possible, but even in your final year, there are still things you can be doing to develop your experience.

What are the options? Continue reading

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