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Aisha Pothan (Human Resource Management, 2011)

Aisha Pothan (Human Resource Management, 2011)

Aisha Pothan was keen to exploit all of the work placement opportunities on offer at our university and used a shadow placement module to gain experience with Leeds Building Society.

Human Resource Management masters student Aisha Pothan, originally from India, came to our university to study a professional Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) course and an MA. Aisha was keen to exploit all of the work placement opportunities on offer at our university, and quickly used a shadow placement module in her course to gain experience with Leeds BuildingSociety's Learning & Development team.

Itwasn'tlong before Aisha's hard work, enthusiasm and commitment paid off; after just four weeks of a shadow placement, she applied for and was successful in gaining a full-time position.

Offering advice to current and future students hoping to get on the employment ladder, Aisha said: "Most students live in the moment and I love that. But what worked for me was imagining life 15 days after I have submitted all my assignments. My advice is to prioritise in a way that gives you time to work towards the job you are looking for, alongside your education. Volunteer, join charity groups, do project work the key is to get in the market, build relationships and networks. It worked for me."