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Staying in Leeds

Staying in Leeds

Staying in Leeds

Many students choose to stay in Leeds once they have graduated, either temporarily, or on a more permanent basis. Leeds is a vibrant city with one of the most diverse economies of all the UK's major employment centres. Organisations of all sizes are well represented in the area; from regional offices of large multi-national organisations, to SMEs (organisations employing fewer than 250 people), business start-ups and social enterprises.

The size and diversity of the local economy means there are plenty of graduate-level opportunities: provided you do your research and plan your approach, you should be able to secure graduate employment in the region.

Finding work in Leeds 

We have listed some good vacancy sources below, but remember that advertised vacancies only account for a small proportion of the jobs market. Use a variety of approaches in your job-search for greater success. Check out our pages on networking, social networking and speculative applications for some tips and ideas for a more proactive job search.

  • Our vacancy database - We work closely with many local and regional employers to help promote their vacancies
  • Leeds Internship Programme - We work with local employers and departments within the university to develop paid internships for students and graduates.  These are usually advertised around April each year on our vacancy database
  • InLeeds - This event runs each year. Students visit a variety of businesses across Leeds and learn more about the sectors and roles available. 
  • Yorkshire Graduates - Regional graduate recruitment service working with many local and regional employers, particularly SMEs

Major employment sectors in Leeds

Developing an understanding of the local economy will help you identify potential opportunities and increase your chances of success.  Below are links to information on the Locate in Leeds website about the major employment sectors in the region.  

Bear in mind that business in any sector will need staff for a wide range of roles; for example, a law firm will need HR, IT, Marketing, and many other professionals, not just legal professionals. 

West and North Yorkshire Chamber produce a Quarterly economic survey: this can give you an idea of opportunities that may become available from business sectors that are performing strongly and from new investment in the region.  

Whilst Locate in Leeds and Leeds Chamber are both aimed at businesses, they provide useful information, such as searchable directories of member organisations, local events and more, which will help your research and give you a good knowledge of the local economy.