University of Leeds
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"The careers centre is useful for looking over your CV and cover letters, I receive weekly emails with new jobs/placements that are available. My school and the uni host special days where employers come in to talk to us and there are research placements available to students during the summer vacation."
"There is support from the careers service. The only thing is that they won't allow you to make a reservation online and you have to go there very early to make an appointment otherwise the slots are full. The uni supports placements and organises careers fairs to allow students to make contact with companies."
"Our alumni network is quite big and present all over the world. We have the career farm and careers services as well as careers events and job fairs held throughout the year."
"Engineering has its own employability department. They support and advertise placement years and summer internships that help with employability and run many courses to help with applications and CVs etc. They are brilliant."
"The university regularly has careers fairs on campus to open your eyes to a range of opportunities. The careers service is also very supportive and offers a range of advice for all students, which helps to prepare you for life after graduation. The university has many contacts both in the UK and abroad that offer many placements and work experiences ideal for those students wanting summer internships or taking a year in industry or abroad."
"Regarding my year abroad, there has been a lot of support in terms of finding a job. However, I would like more assistance with my career prospects after uni."
"The careers centre is amazing. They have everything to support you and you can drop in anytime during open hours and talk to someone about CVs and interviews etc. Alternatively you can pop in to get brochures and leaflets or book online for a mock interview. There are so many big and small companies that come to the University of Leeds to recruit. Most just come during graduate or undergraduate fairs, which occur at least three times a year. The university sometimes brings in employees from companies to give students an insight into what it's like and help with placement applications. If you choose to have a placement year or study abroad year there is a lot of support and many people you can seek guidance and advice from. There's a course called 'from study to work' that really prepares you for a placement year. The university offers a range of placement opportunities and summer internships as well as summer school, which I recommend! They can all be accessed via the virtual learning environment and careers centre account."
"The careers centre is available to all students and alumni and they'll answer questions you have and provide help if you need it. You need a mock interview or assessment centre? They'll host it. They arrange careers fairs etc and are super lovely. They have strong connections with all the national placement providers (GSK, AstraZeneca and Covance etc) as well as some international ones (Novartis, Mayo Clinic). They also always encourage students to take placements."
"The careers centre will check over CVs, cover letters and application forms and do mock interviews with those who need them. There are regular careers events for all students as well as faculty-specific ones such as pharmaceutical companies and the NHS etc. We get regular careers newsletters and placements etc are well advertised including summer placements in the research labs."
"All students must attend compulsory 'employability' lectures covering a wide variety of topics. One-to-one meetings can also be held as well as CV workshops from the staff and employers. Placements are available as long as the student is willing to look for them."
"The university offers careers support and the school also offers its own careers centre specifically for engineering. There are regular careers fairs that give you the chance to meet employers."
"The careers centre is useful. It's helped me gain a number of jobs by helping me cater my CV for each job application."
"There's an employability team dedicated specifically to engineers. They help us to find industrial placements."
"We've had some talks from recruiters. However, this has not been organised by the school itself. I'm hoping there will be more of a focus on preparing us once we reach the second and third years."
"I've personally not used the careers service but I've been told that they are helpful in helping you with your CV and cover letters. Also, there's a lot of different opportunities to meet employers on campus and I know that there are times where practice interviews are available to people if they'd like them."
"The careers service works with our tutors and provides a mock job application and interview. They are also really helpful for checking over your CV if you're applying to placements or for a part time job."
"There are drop-in sessions for students to check their CV and covering letter, mock interviews and mock assessment centre practices. There are also optional courses that you can take to support your job seeking."
"There are a lot of career fairs and the careers centre has professional and friendly people to help us with a range of things from looking over our CV or cover letters to offering guidance on how to follow specific career paths."
"I can send in my CV and cover letter for checking before I send them out. The careers service will comment on it and offer suggestions."
"We get visitors from top employers and big corporations, often fossil fuel based companies and weapons sellers such as BAE systems. Also, some charities and organisations such as Teach First. Alumni coming in once or twice a year for talks is the only contact we have with them or their network."