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Honor Baldry

Honor Baldry studied English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

"I fell in love with Leeds during my studies," says Honor, "it's a fantastically vibrant and diverse place to live with lots going on throughout the year and the people are really friendly. I really wanted to stay in Leeds to work but as I had my heart set on a job in the media industry I thought I might have to look further afield."

She met the Yorkshire Graduates team at a University careers fair who told her all about their web based service for graduates looking to work in Yorkshire. After checking out the media jobs advertised she registered online for a free account and uploaded her CV to start applying for jobs straight away.

"The websites great," says Honor. "It's got a nice, clean design and is really easy to use and unlike other services it's very honest. You know you're dealing directly with employers rather than being covertly signed up to an agency."

"I found my job as a Quality Co-ordinator with the Press Association through the service and I'm really happy I managed to find something based in the region. You can enjoy a much higher standard of living on a measly media industry graduate wage here than you'd be able to afford down South!"

Honor does wish she had thought about her career earlier in her degree, saying you should do your research early.

"You should really start thinking about job hunting at the start of your final year so you don't end up panicking half way through finals that you'll be in the dole queue in 2 months time."

"Try and pick up work experience everywhere and anywhere and keep in touch with companies you do work experience for. It'll really make you stand out from other applicants who have similar degree results. Also, take advantage of the fact university careers centres will read through application forms and CVs with you - they may come up with some application gold."