So a fantastic thing about the university is our career development service, which provides career coaching and access to opportunities. The annual festival of careers is one of the events organised by them, which takes place during the month of October. It includes many fairs over the month such as the Leicester Award and Study Abroad Fairs, as well as the prestigious Law Fair. The Festival of Careers is a great opportunity to have the chance to explore a range of career opportunities without even leaving campus. The Law Fair for example, which I went to a few days ago, consisted of over 40 law firms and further education providers, including some of the top international law firms, allowing me to be able to ask any questions I had with particular firms, often with trainees of that firm. There is also the chance to pick up an invaluable handbook to a career in law by LawCareers.Net. I’d highly recommend coming well prepared for these events – look presentable, smile and come with thought out questions which you want to ask!
I think sometimes students (myself included!) forget about the incredible services we can access on campus via the careers service before seeking external support. This includes application coaching, mock interviews, and CV reviews – all very useful and relevant, particularly if you’re seeking to apply to work experience programmes and graduate roles. You can also view the different work and volunteering opportunities available, as well as career related events held on campus on the website – https://mycareers.le.ac.uk. The appointments are pretty accessible, with many timeslots available daily, and services provided outside of term time. It can make all the difference to have one of the team, who are experienced in a wide range of sectors, to look over your CV, or give you a mock interview before applying for a crucial career opportunity.
I’d highly recommend making the most of the career coaching opportunities available to Leicester students as early as possible to really boost your prospects!