Leeds flying high for top employers

Students at Leeds are in the UK’s top 10 most targeted by leading employers.

Leeds graduates are sought after by a number of high-profile employers

A group of three students chat outside. January 2020

Leeds is seventh in the annual survey run by High Fliers Research, as part of its review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.

This result would not be possible without the dedication and support of staff across campus.

Among graduates praising the career guidance provided by various teams at the University is Ornusa McTighe, who is currently on the R&D Graduate Scheme at Mars.

She said: “From the start of our first year, the employability team at Leeds provided lectures alongside our studies about jobs and placements, including year in industry.

“They had an office in the Chemical Engineering building so you could just pop in for a chat. They were so friendly and had so much great information.

“The University’s Careers Service worked with me on my CV, did mock interviews and talked me through how assessment centres work.

“We were so well prepped for getting year in industry and paid work experience placements that when it came to applying for graduate schemes, I felt I’d already had lots of practice.”

Jane Campbell, Head of Student Careers, added: “We work closely with students to build their skills for working life and beyond, and to help them to find placements and internships, which we know is critical to getting a job at the end of their studies.

“Excellent links to employers and local businesses is key to our success, too.”

The survey looks at the universities through which top employers choose to promote their graduate opportunities – at recruitment presentations, careers fairs or other local university events.

The full report on the survey’s findings can be read on the High Fliers website

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