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Graduates Yorkshire & Leeds Met host Question Time

Created 14/03/2011 16:05 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:42


Once again Graduates Yorkshire and Leeds Met University are holding our very own Question Time.   The lively discussion will be held at Leeds Met University on Wednesday March 23rd 3pm - 5pm at the Northern Terrace 221, City Campus.


This time taking the hot seat, in place of David Dimbleby, is our very own John Cusworth , Business Partnerships Manager for Graduates Yorkshire.  Alongside him there will be a panel of regional and local employers who you can pose your questions to.


The topic of the afternoon is ‘Working in the Creative and Digital Industry'.  This is a great opportunity to find out from the experts all about working in this industry and how best to secure a job in a creative role.

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Events coming up in Yorkshire

Created 14/03/2011 15:56 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:42



Careers Fairs are a great opportunity for finalists and graduates to meet prospective employers - you can find out what jobs are out there, see what the employer expects from you and just generally get a feel for each organisation.


In the next month there are fairs happening all over Yorkshire so make sure you get yourself down to one of these:

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Fancy working for yourself?

Created 14/03/2011 15:43 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42

With the news full of gloomy statistics, going self employed or setting up your own business may be the last thing on your mind but Business Link Yorkshire is here to help!


Although self-employment isn't for everyone, there are upsides. This could be the opportunity to convert your education and training into being your own boss and with sound business planning and advice, there's no reason why self employment shouldn't be successful. 


Business Link Yorkshire provides an easy first port of call where trained advisers can discuss your business idea with you, source a wide range of information on business issues or carry out desktop research on your behalf. The online services include 500 downloadable guides and over 40 interactive tools, all designed to save you time and money. Increasing numbers of people are setting up their business at home to keep costs to a minimum and a series of ‘How to' guides, containing guidance on how to do this most effectively is available from the Business Link website.


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Getting connected

Created 14/03/2011 14:19 Last updated 30/09/2017 12:40

With graduation looming have you checked that you're registered with your personal email address?



Once you've graduated from university your email address will no longer work.  If you still want to keep up-to-date with all the best graduate jobs in Yorkshire make sure that you've registered your personal email address with us, whether it be hotmail, gmail etc!

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Not neat to be 'NEET'

Created 03/03/2011 12:13 Last updated 30/09/2017 12:56


It was a bit depressing to see last week, once again, youth unemployment hitting the headlines as more people are classed as ‘Neet'.  Unfortunately it's doesn't refer to being cool - for those of you not in the know Neet stands for ‘not in employment, education or training'  According to recent statistics by the Department of Education the number of people classed as Neet had risen to 18.1% at the end of 2010.


The worrying increase has been attributed, by some, to the number of recent graduates fighting for jobs traditionally filled by school leavers.  One of the issues facing the UK is not just graduate unemployment but graduate underemployment.

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Graduates jobs - fancy beating the odds?

Created 23/02/2011 14:57 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:42

At a time when youth unemployment is rising, now is the time to really gain skills in how to look for a graduate job.  You may have just finished university, or graduated a few years ago, but nethertheless the application process can be a daunting one!


Although graduate unemployment is on the up, employers are still finding it hard to fill graduate roles - something we bet you weren't expecting to hear!  There seems to be a skills gap between university & work & Graduates Yorkshire is here to try & help you bridge that gap.


Next Thursday (March 3rd) we're holding a workshop which is tailored to help you through the application process.  From what to write on your CV - keywords to make you stand out, to what you should say at the interview - the whole application process covered!  The most important thing is to have a plan & we'll equip you with the tools to create the best job hunting strategy! 

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The Future of Internships

Created 22/02/2011 16:54 Last updated 30/09/2017 12:35

At a time when youth unemployment is rapidly increasing, the debate about internships is still raging.  Most people have heard the discussion over unpaid internships but paid internships have sometimes gone under the radar.


Here at Graduate's Yorkshire we run a PAID internship programme and have done so now for almost 2 years.  With over 130 interns placed and an 85% conversion rate from internship to full time employment it really is a worthwhile scheme.  It's created job opportunities for recent graduates and in turn helped to boost the local economy in Yorkshire - which is what we're all about!

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The world of Graduate Recruitment – please mind the gap!

Created 21/02/2011 15:34 Last updated 30/09/2017 12:55


The Graduates Yorkshire team is still buzzing from #trulondon - a recruiter unconference.  An unconference is driven by the expert knowledge and opinions of its participants.  It's a laid back environment that really encourages debate and makes sure all voices are heard.

The thing is with some of these events is that it can be based too much around the recruiter without listening to the voice of jobseekers.  That's why it was so refreshing to see a group of graduates mentored by @wendyjacob lead a discussion on graduate recruitment - and boy was it lively!

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What graduates look for in a prospective employer.....

Created 26/01/2011 13:14 Last updated 07/02/2018 12:11


Graduates Yorkshire recently attended the Employability Forum at Leeds University Business School to find out what graduates are really looking for in employers.  Here are the factors that sway a graduate according to those that attended the event....

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Why Paid Internships are important to make graduate employment accessible to all

Created 19/01/2011 15:37 Last updated 05/10/2017 05:48

Yesterday the papers were awash with the recent findings by High Fliers Research stating that more than 45 graduates are applying for each role. They warn that competition is now so fierce that many companies are refusing to consider graduates - even the very brightest - unless they have completed relevant work experience.


Their research shows that a third of graduates employed by large companies would have previously completed work experience within those organisations as an undergraduate.  


Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research, said:

"Today's report includes the stark warning that in this highly competitive graduate job market, new graduates who've not had any work experience during their time at university have little or no chance of landing a well-paid job with a leading employer, irrespective of the university they've attended or the academic results they achieve."

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