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Aisha Pothan - Human Resource Management 2011

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.

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Human Resource Management Masters student Aisha Pothan, originally from India, came to our university to study a professional Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course and an MA.

How did you make the most of your time at Leeds Beckett?

I was keen to exploit all of the work placement opportunities on offer, and quickly used a shadow placement module in my course to gain experience with Leeds Building Society’s Learning & Development team.

It wasn’t long before my hard work, enthusiasm and commitment paid off; after just four weeks of a shadow placement, I applied for and was successful in gaining a full-time position.”

What advice would you give to current students?

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.

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