At the University of Leeds you'll get more than just specialist knowledge in your chosen subject. The opportunities available to you mean that you can develop a range of skills which will make you sought after by employers - and it could be a life-changing experience!
We want you to get the most out of your whole experience while studying at Leeds, to be able to recognise the value of what you have done, and to be able to articulate it clearly and confidently.
So, Leeds for Life has been developed to help you prepare yourself from day one, not only for an enjoyable and successful academic experience, but also for the things you want to get involved in alongside your study - as well for your time beyond university.
Find out more about how Leeds for Life can help you develop new skills and make you more valuable to potential employers.
Volunteering to work with organisations or projects on or off campus, including overseas, is a great way to broaden your experience and develop valuable skills to enhance your CV. The University has over 1,000 opportunities, everything from mentoring disadvantaged children in Leeds to helping to build school playgrounds in Africa. You can find these opportunities and many others by searching the co-curricular opportunities on the Leeds for Life website where you can also keep a record of your activity in the 'living CV' area.
Through our Leeds for Life Foundation grants we can help fund you to set up your own project using your energy, compassion and commitment to develop your skills whilst also benefiting others. In the two years that the Foundation has been running we've funded 70 projects. Projects can be local, or anywhere in the UK or overseas. They can be small or large, winter or summer, individual or group-based - the only limitation is your imagination.
Studying abroad is not only really enjoyable, but it will broaden your horizons and place you at a clear advantage in the employment stakes. We have exchange programmes with universities worldwide, and you can study abroad for just one semester or a full academic year as part of your undergraduate course.
If you still need convincing of the benefits of living and studying in another country, have a look at the study abroad website
Boost your career prospects and get valuable work experience during your course. From a 12-month integrated placement as part of your degree to a structured summer internship and volunteering, the opportunities are many and varied. Whatever you choose to do, work experience looks great on your CV. It proves to employers that you're motivated and makes you stand out.
year, or project work as part of your course, allows you to spend time in
industry with one of the hundreds of companies that the University works with
each year. These options are offered by most departments and can help you gain
the skills valued by employers, as well as developing enterprise skills. Not
everything can be learnt in lectures - commercial awareness, building
relationships and gaining skills in dealing with difficult situations can be
better developed in the workplace. Throughout the year, you will receive
support from the University which will help you to reflect on and evaluate your
For more information about 12-month placements see the Career Centre website
Around a third
of students intend to start their own business. Our Spark team will support and
encourage you from initial idea to start up and beyond. We provide individual, professional,
business advice as well as running workshops and residential programmes, where
you can learn from internal and external business experts and, as importantly,
meet like-minded people who also help you to grow your idea or provide a
service/product for your business.
Find out more about Spark
Many students work part-time. This not only puts money in your pocket, but it also helps you gain valuable experience. You'll find plenty of opportunities through our Joblink service
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