Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Anna Philips

Generally speaking, how has your career developed since you graduated?

I am still very much at the beginning stages of my career and am still exploring potential avenues. I secured a placement on the Michael Page International Graduate scheme that commenced in Sept 2011. I joined a new division which is in its start up phase at Michael Page and am currently working to establish our presence in the insurance market. It has been a steep learning curve that has taught me invaluable lessons about industry, the business and myself. It has been a challenge breaking into such a difficult market in these economic times and I believe the raw business skills I have learnt are transferable to any industry.

In what ways did the School of Performance & Cultural Industries experience prepare you for your career?

What influenced your decision to attend the School of Performance & Cultural Industries?

What sort of career services were available?

University of Leeds career centre is fantastic and offers many services to help students prepare for leaving University and finding work. The services I used and attended were:

How much time per week did you spend studying?

It varied dependant on workload at different stages through the term and progressively increased year on year. In my third year on average I spent 35-45 hours a week studying and working on assignments.

How much interaction did you have with other students?

The majority of my interaction was with other students throughout University and a few of my best friends were on my course. However it was only in third year that I spent more time with other PCI students due to the nature of assignments.

Can you share your thoughts on how a student might prepare themselves for a career in recruitment?

Two key factors:

  1. Choose and research a sector you’d like to recruit within. I believe if you have experience/ affiliation with a particular industry you’ll naturally be more passionate and in turn more successful. If you are like-minded and share similar interests to your clients/ candidates it will be easier to build rapport and consequently be more enjoyable. Recruitment is essentially all about building relationships so it is imperative to be able to communicate.
  2. Decide on a preference for the size and type of agency you’d like to work for i.e. Large corporate, SME’s or boutique agencies. This will have a significant impact on your working environment and the style in which you’ll recruit. It is important your working environment is suited to you, as this will affect you happiness in the workplace.

Suggestions and tips:

In your experience, what are the attributes of individuals who are most successful in recruitment?

Thinking back, what were the highlights of studying at the School of Performance & Cultural Industries ?

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