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Employability Express


​Looking for advice on getting that graduate-level job? Not sure which path you'd like to take, but want some guidance on searching for jobs and writing your CV? Want to be inspired from someone who's been in your shoes as a recent graduate looking for a job?

On Wednesday 14 August, we're hosting the Employability Express – an event focused on giving you the best possible chance of securing your first graduate role.

The event is completely free and is open to all level six students and recent graduates from Leeds Trinity. We'll even provide lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

What's happening?

This half-day event is all about you and your career. You'll attend one of three workshops on writing the best CVs and covering letters, how to present yourself on LinkedIn and the most important skills for interviews.

Alumni guest speakers will talk about their own journey and share their advice on searching for that perfect graduate-level role.

And you'll have the opportunity to network with the alumni community and see friends after graduation in July.


12.30-2.00pm – Open, Welcome, Lunch and Networking (AG32/33)

2.00-3.30pm – 3 x Breakout Workshops

3.30-4.45pm – 3 x Alumni Guest Speakers 20-25 minutes each with Q&A (AG32/33)

4.45-5.00pm – Break (Refreshments provided)

5.00-6.15pm – Social Event – Quiz (The Lounge)

6.15pm – Thank you and Close


Wednesday 14 August 2019


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD

How to book?

Book now to secure you place – students please click here and log in as required, graduates, please click here to register for a graduate account under 'Alumni Login and Registration' (don't worry, it only takes a few minutes!)

Further information

For any enquiries, please contact Jack Carling, Graduate Employment Team Member.

Speaker information:

Rob Ives

Rob Ives graduated from Leeds Trinity with a degree in Business and Management in 2017 and has recently started a graduate scheme at Watershed Packaging. ​

Rob's journey wasn't easy though.

Since graduating two years ago, Rob applied for lots of different graduate schemes including PwC, Npower and Royal Mail. After having initial success in the early stages of the selection progress he became unstuck and struggled to land the job at the final stage. So, he filled his time with full-time work in labouring and administration in his Dad's illustration business.

Through seeking help from LTU career's team, Rob learnt about the Watershed graduate scheme.

Now, he's working in a range of departments to get a true grasp of which part of business he'd like to pursue, e.g. sales, finance or marketing, and is moving forward with a career in the business world.

Rob will share his advice for determining which career path to take, what he would have done differently, and how he's learnt from his setbacks to fulfil his ambitions.

Samantha Fray

Samantha Fray graduated from Leeds Trinity with a degree in Media and Marketing in 2011. She's recently taken up a new role as the Beyond Brontës Programme Manager at Screen Yorkshire and prior to this was the Legal and Business Affairs Coordinator at ITV and co-chair of ITV Embrace.

Samantha entered Leeds Trinity as a mature student and during her time with us she was the Mature Students Officer. She has excelled in the industry, but her journey wasn't easy. She was once told that as a single mum she wouldn't get very far in the media industry. After graduating she applied for lots of jobs and didn't have any luck until she found a training opportunity linked to Channel 4. She grasped this opportunity and after going down to London for 10 days to be a producer her confidence grew which led her to her role at ITV.

Samantha will tell you about the challenges she faced, how she coped with the pressure and what else she has done to make it in media.

Brett Arnall

Brett Arnall has been the Alumni Officer at Leeds Trinity University since 2014. He graduated from Surrey University in 1998 and managed a bar and restaurant for five years before moving up north to be a Development Manager at York St John University from 2003 to 2013.

In 2013 Brett left his job to be a full-time father after the birth of his son and planned to continue this role for a few years. When his wife was made redundant at the end of her maternity leave he had to re-enter the job market as the family had no income. This was a big shock to the system after working in one place for ten years and he was suddenly faced with having to search for jobs, writing decent applications and being on the other side of the table during interviews.

Brett will tell you about how he had to start all over again, what he did to build up his portfolio, how he streamlined the applications process and what he learnt from the whole experience.