Employer talks for students interested in working in China and SE Asia Sign up to the Asia Careers Insight Series sessions to discover career opportunities and better understand the recruitment market across Asia. A series of short webinars give an insight into the labour market, employers and career opportunities. Hear from recruiting employers to help … Continue reading Asia Careers Insight Series 2023
One thing you can be certain of, if you’re uncertain about your next steps
The prospect of moving from student life to the world of work can be a bit daunting. There may be a number of unknowns ahead - from not knowing what you’re going to do after university to not knowing what to expect of the work environment of a graduate. Despite the uncertainty though, there are … Continue reading One thing you can be certain of, if you’re uncertain about your next steps
5 reasons you should volunteer this year
Let this be the year that you get involved with volunteering! The benefits of volunteering are huge - not only for those that you support, but for you as a volunteer. Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, discovering more about the city you live in and gaining unique and exciting experiences that … Continue reading 5 reasons you should volunteer this year
What are you good at? What energises you? What are your strengths?
These might seem like pretty simple questions, but it can be much easier (and less complicated) to develop knowledge of the world around us than it can be to take time getting to know ourselves. Everyone talks about university as a time for self-discovery, but even if you know the person you are, that’s already … Continue reading What are you good at? What energises you? What are your strengths?
Meet the Volunteering Team
The Volunteering Team in Careers and Placements is here to help you find volunteering opportunities that will help you to build your skills and confidence, gain fantastic work experience for your CV and enhance your wellbeing, all whilst making a huge difference to the city you’re studying in! As the new term starts, we wanted … Continue reading Meet the Volunteering Team
Things to do this Christmas vac
The Christmas vacation can be an odd time of year with a mix of things competing for your attention during the holiday season. Taking some time out and actually getting to relax, socialise and chill is a must after a busy Autumn Term. The benefit of recharging your batteries and having some downtime is essential … Continue reading Things to do this Christmas vac
Practising your job applications- how do you do it?
By Charlotte Read In an ideal world, if you had the relevant experience, you could send a job application listing all your experience, with no prior practice of making job applications, and be accepted into a job. Unfortunately, a lot of job applications require more nuance. They like candidates who can show a reflective writing … Continue reading Practising your job applications- how do you do it?
Managing job applications
In a recent blog, we talked about the pressures of having many career options and how to handle them. This time, we’re turning the spotlight on managing the application process. Making a good application - whether it’s for an internship, placement year or graduate job - can be a time-consuming challenge. Plus, it’s likely that … Continue reading Managing job applications
So many career options, so many things to do!
Whatever your year of study, there are things that can be done to enhance your employability. However, having a range of choices can be a little overwhelming and ‘careers stuff’ can seem serious, scary or just too far in the future to face now. Don’t be tempted to avoid it, though or to put off … Continue reading So many career options, so many things to do!
All Experience Counts
According to a survey conducted by the UK Commision for Employment and Skills (UKCES), up to two thirds of employers regard applicants with relevant work experience as being more prepared and suitable for job opportunities. This creates a catch 22 situation where in order to find work you need experience but can't gain that experience … Continue reading All Experience Counts
Making applications – it’s not all about CVs!
Here in Careers and Placements we often get questions about CVs - How do I write one? What should I include? Can someone ‘check’ my CV? It’s natural to think of CVs first when considering applying for jobs (and further study), but for some opportunities and organisations, and at certain times of the year, application … Continue reading Making applications – it’s not all about CVs!
3 ways to develop the skills that employers want
Employers who recruit students and graduates want more than a good academic record and degree class. They also want employability skills (eg IT, teamwork and communication skills), plus strengths and qualities (such as resilience and self-motivation). So, how can you develop these while you’re at university? Read on to find out. 1. Work experience Whether … Continue reading 3 ways to develop the skills that employers want
Exploring career ideas
Often the hardest part of anything is getting started, especially if you don’t know what you want the end result to look like. This particularly applies to exploring career ideas but we’re here to help you with getting started and this blog will show you 5 things you can do this term to help you … Continue reading Exploring career ideas
How and where to find part-time work
Where to find work There are many avenues to finding part-time work around York as well as on campus jobs. Be sure to be on the lookout for more speculative opportunities that you may be able to get through your own network. The types of jobs that tend to be popular with students are usually … Continue reading How and where to find part-time work
Why don’t museums, publishers or creative industry employers come to Grad Fairs?
As a careers consultant working with Arts & Humanities students, this is a question I get asked all the time. It’s a fair question as it’s logical to assume that any employer that recruits graduates (and/or students for an internship or placement year) would want to come to an event aimed at students seeking employment … Continue reading Why don’t museums, publishers or creative industry employers come to Grad Fairs?
Manage your interview nerves
By Tricia Raxworthy, Information & Engagement Officer An email in your inbox invites you for an interview - but along with excitement and relief that you’ve made it to the next stage in the recruitment process, you may also experience feelings of anxiety and stress. Read on to keep those interview nerves in perspective: Photo … Continue reading Manage your interview nerves
Resources to supercharge your job applications
Are you getting your CV in order or preparing for interviews? We have resources that you can use right now to help! Instant CV feedback If you want instant feedback on your CV you can upload it to CareerSet, our AI tool which scores your CV out of 100 and gives you tips on how … Continue reading Resources to supercharge your job applications
Tips for applying for a SIB internship
If you’re looking to secure a summer internship you can use the large number of vacancy sites to find opportunities (see the Internships and placements page for some of them). For local project-based internships, have a look at the Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities. SIB typically starts advertising many more vacancies from the Easter vacation … Continue reading Tips for applying for a SIB internship
Get Started with Volunteering
So you’re thinking about getting involved in some volunteering? Fantastic! But now you need to make that first step, which can feel a little overwhelming. Here are some top tips to find a role that’s right for you, and secure that opportunity: Your interests What do you care about? If you like the idea of … Continue reading Get Started with Volunteering
Leader of the pack or following the crowd? 3 things about leadership that might surprise you
What does ‘leadership’ mean to you? When you think of the word ‘leader’, who or what springs to mind? You might think of a politician, a celebrity, or an activist in the public eye. You might think of a teacher, or a sports coach that inspired you. But what is that magic quality that makes … Continue reading Leader of the pack or following the crowd? 3 things about leadership that might surprise you
5 Careers Resolutions for the New Year
New Year and it’s time to make those resolutions. It might be to get more exercise, eat healthier, have more sleep, learn a new skill, recycle more - all equally worthy. If you haven’t got any new year’s resolutions, why not consider making a careers resolution? Something to help your future plans along? Here are … Continue reading 5 Careers Resolutions for the New Year
5 things to do this Christmas vacation
It’s been an interesting term with on-campus teaching, events and socials - maybe the first time for some students. Everyone’s probably ready for the Christmas vacation and the chance to take time out from University life. If you find you’ve got a few spare moments between now and the start of Spring Term, why not … Continue reading 5 things to do this Christmas vacation
How to prepare for your volunteering role
Congratulations on securing your volunteering role! You might be feeling a little unsure of what to expect. Here are some top tips to help you fully prepare and feel confident ahead of your first day... Research the organisation. This can be as simple as a quick google of the charity or school you’re volunteering for … Continue reading How to prepare for your volunteering role
10 ways to make the most of Handshake
You may already know that Handshake, our careers platform, can be used to view vacancies, book appointments, register for events and message our team, but did you know how else you can be using it to benefit you? Here are 10 ways to make the most of Handshake. 1. Activate your account Hopefully you’ve already … Continue reading 10 ways to make the most of Handshake
Meet the Volunteering Team
The Volunteering Team in Careers and Placements are here to help you find volunteering opportunities that will help you to build your skills and confidence, gain fantastic work experience for your CV and enhance your wellbeing, all whilst making a huge difference to the city you’re studying in! As the new academic year starts, we … Continue reading Meet the Volunteering Team
Guest Blog: About Graduate Programmes…
By Hannah Vernon, Media & Communications at Gradcracker It’s never too early to start thinking about your next steps after university. So, whether you’re in your first or final year, or you’ve already graduated, you might like to take five minutes to find out what a graduate programme involves.(P.S. A quick note to final year … Continue reading Guest Blog: About Graduate Programmes…
Virtual Careers Fairs – everything you need to know
It is careers fairs season and this year both of our fairs will be held virtually using Handshake. A virtual fair is a little different to an on campus fair so this will blog will explain how to get started and how to get the best out of the fair. How will it work on … Continue reading Virtual Careers Fairs – everything you need to know
Volunteer to enhance your wellbeing at University
Volunteering is a fantastic way to meet new people, make a difference in the community, and boost your confidence. All of these positive outcomes can help support your overall wellbeing, helping you and those around you! The Volunteering team is on hand with a great range of roles, so whatever your interests you can get … Continue reading Volunteer to enhance your wellbeing at University
Week 1, Autumn Term 2021
Out with the old and in with the new After months of online teaching and learning, staring at a screen and missing out on the full Uni experience, we’re finally at the stage where we can embrace campus life again. For some it might be an unfamiliar environment and may even be a bit overwhelming. … Continue reading Week 1, Autumn Term 2021
Preparing to graduate in difficult times – 5 myths busted
"The very fact that you’ve faced and overcome the challenges of having to study online, and adapted to a complete change in society is no mean feat. Employers will recognise that fact." These are tough times for students and those who are about to graduate (as well as those who graduated in 2020) and, understandably, … Continue reading Preparing to graduate in difficult times – 5 myths busted
Gain Work Experience through Virtual Community Projects
Charlotte Wainwright, Operations Manager for Volunteering Though we know work experience might seem hard to come by at the moment, you can still develop your skills and enhance your CV through our recently launched Community Projects. These team based projects are currently running virtually, and are a fantastic way to build on your strengths and … Continue reading Gain Work Experience through Virtual Community Projects
What to expect at Careers and Placements this term
On campus We are open on campus from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. The Enquiry Desk will be staffed and Careers drop-in will be available for quick queries with an Information Officer, between the drop-in hours of 11:00 to 13:00. Watch our video on Facebook or Instagram to see the safety measures we have … Continue reading What to expect at Careers and Placements this term
Our New Careers Portal
You may have seen some emails from Careers and Placements, inviting you to get started with Handshake. Handshake is our new portal and for those that remember Careers Gateway, this is it's replacement. york.joinhandshake.co.uk What can you do in Handshake? Many of the functions you used in Careers Gateway are also available in Handshake. You … Continue reading Our New Careers Portal
Tips on Getting Into the Media Industry – and Getting On Once You’re In!
By Julian Dismore, Direct Productions Julian filming in Krakatoa for Channel 4 Students hoping to get a job in the media industry – and runners, researchers and edit assistants just starting out - must feel like a fly caught in a spider’s web at the moment... stuck with a very uncertain future. But there are … Continue reading Tips on Getting Into the Media Industry – and Getting On Once You’re In!
Careers in Arts & Heritage
Three York History of Art graduates joined us by video call during the lockdown to tell us what they do and how they got there, and give some advice and top tips for current students pursuing careers in arts and heritage. Here’s what we learned. You can watch the full video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3CICiPU9Xo Networking works … Continue reading Careers in Arts & Heritage
Job hunting in tough times
By Irena Zientek, Operations Manager: Information and Engagement (Careers and Placements) Job hunting can be difficult at the best of times - it takes time, effort and (sometimes) trial and error. In the current situation it’s become even more difficult, with some employers suspending recruitment, reducing their vacancies or withdrawing job offers. It’s not just … Continue reading Job hunting in tough times
By Luke Proctor, Senior Recruiter @ Gear4music, York With over 3 billion of us jostling for position in the passively competitive world of social media, for graduates and aspiring professionals, standing out (without filming yourself eating a ghost pepper or encouraging your Nan to ‘spit some bars’) can be daunting work. Fortunately, getting recognised for … Continue reading Getting Linked’In
Celebrating Volunteers’ Week and our incredible student volunteers
By Sophie Almack, Volunteering and Enterprise Communications Officer Every year, we take the opportunity to thank our incredible student volunteers at our Student Volunteering Awards ceremony. Though we’re sad to say we couldn’t host our awards in person this year, we wanted to make sure we took time to recognise all of the amazing work … Continue reading Celebrating Volunteers’ Week and our incredible student volunteers
5 Ways to Careers Wellbeing
It’s very common for the transition out of University to have its challenges - how big or difficult these are will be different to each of us. But we all know what it’s like to feel drained and overwhelmed and these are common feelings final year students report to us when they are thinking about … Continue reading 5 Ways to Careers Wellbeing
Studying at home and learning online is our new normal for the time being but without our normal routines, places to be and people to see, we can get stuck in a spiral of procrastination and the accompanying guilt, when we convince ourselves that everyone else is getting on, doing more and even learning a … Continue reading Keeping motivated
Written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant As a careers consultant at the University of York, I am speaking to a lot of students very worried about missing out on internships and work experience opportunities. I’ve read a few reports recently that a number of big graduate employers are offering online activities which is great, but … Continue reading Virtual Volunteering
A Trip to Media City Salford
Following on from Stefan's account of his trip to Media City , here Nurain shares the highlights of her visit too On 11th March 2020, the Careers and Placement team organised a trip to BBC, Media City for 21 students. The one-day trip consisted of a tour of the BBC studios and a panel discussion … Continue reading A Trip to Media City Salford
A Trip to Media City Salford
Back in early March, the Careers and Placements team arranged a student visit to Media City, Salford. The purpose of the visit was to find out more about the broadcaster's work and career opportunities. First year BSc Film and TV student, Stefan Darling and First-year BA Historical Archaeology student, Ariane Da Silva Palmas joined us … Continue reading A Trip to Media City Salford
Looking after yourself and others this term – a note from our Volunteering Team
By Sophie Almack, Volunteering and Enterprise Communications Officer Hello! All of us here in Careers and Placements want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Summer Term. We hope you’ve had a restful vacation and are keeping safe and well. We’re currently living through some unique times and the most important thing is … Continue reading Looking after yourself and others this term – a note from our Volunteering Team
Well what do I do now?!
Careers blog by Tricia Raxworthy, Information and Engagement Officer in Careers and Placements In our last blog, placement year student Sophie shared some of her top tips for working from home and looking after yourself. This week we’re still thinking about things to help you get through the current situation. It’s easy to feel as … Continue reading Well what do I do now?!
How to Set Yourself Apart When Applying for Accounting Jobs
Guest blog by Tom Bilby, The Accountancy Partnership Is the mere thought of job hunting after university sending you into a spin? It can be hard to get a foot in the door at first, especially with an influx of competition from other candidates who have all graduated at the same time. That’s why it’s … Continue reading How to Set Yourself Apart When Applying for Accounting Jobs
Meet our panellists – Lakechia Jeanne, Founder of Girls in Science
The fourth panellist we're featuring for Careers In... is Lakechia Jeanne. Lakechia is a Biomedical Scientist and founder of Girls in Science . She'll be on our panel for careers in Social Mission tonight! My career journey at this point in time is a little short. I graduated from York just over a year ago, … Continue reading Meet our panellists – Lakechia Jeanne, Founder of Girls in Science
Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Fast-track your career!
Blog by Emma Urjasova, Knowledge Transfer Administrative Assistant, University of York What is a KTP? The innovative and contemporary Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme is a prestigious innovation scheme that brings together an expert academic team, a dynamic company and a graduate or postgraduate, known as a KTP Associate. Working collaboratively, this partnership delivers an … Continue reading Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Fast-track your career!
Meet Our Panellists – Karen Munro, Principal Medical Writer
The fourth panellist we're featuring for Careers In... is Karen Munro. Karen is Principal Medical Writer at PRA Health Sciences and she'll be on our panel for careers in journalism, publishing and writing Medical writing has proven to be a great career choice for me. I have been a medical writer in both the medical … Continue reading Meet Our Panellists – Karen Munro, Principal Medical Writer
What Do You Actually Do? Episode 68: Cass Hebron, Climate Communications Consultant
Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Cass is a freelance climate communications consultant in Belgium, working with NGOs, charities and ethical organisations to help them improve their communications and translate the good work they are doing into words the public and policymakers understand. This is a fascinating conversation for anyone interested in: freelancing, … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 68: Cass Hebron, Climate Communications Consultant
How to network and approach employers at careers fairs
Our Grad Jobs fair is taking place on Wednesday 14th June in the Exhibition Centre between 11.00am and 3.00pm. There will be around 40 exhibitors there so it’s a great opportunity to meet recruiters and have a go at networking. Although the idea of approaching recruiters at a careers fair may be daunting, in practice … Continue reading How to network and approach employers at careers fairs
What Do You Actually Do? Episode 67: Laura Bolton, Working in rail industry: life as an engineer at Network Rail
Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Lots of people want to work in the rail industry and York graduate Laura has made it happen. She is Technical Head of System Safety at Network Rail, which means it's her job to make sure the railways are safe. Get an insight into what's going on … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 67: Laura Bolton, Working in rail industry: life as an engineer at Network Rail
What Do You Actually Do? Episode 66: Rebecca Thompson, Senior Estate Manager, English Heritage
Listen to this and all the previous episodes. For grads interested in heritage, Rebecca Thompson might just have the dream job (she describes it as 'one of the best jobs in the world'): Senior Estate Manager at English Heritage, where she cares for over 400 buildings and monuments in England. She has lots of info … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 66: Rebecca Thompson, Senior Estate Manager, English Heritage
Finding and getting that job!
Whatever year of study you are, if you’re looking for jobs (part-time or summer work, internships, graduate jobs), there are still job vacancies to be found. Where are opportunities advertised? You may find some vacancies are advertised on lots of general websites (eg sites like Prospects and Indeed) or on specialised job boards for some … Continue reading Finding and getting that job!
Support young people through York Students in Schools – Speech and Language Placements
York Students in Schools is an award winning scheme which was first set up by students in 1994. Each year, approximately 600 students participate in the scheme and the university partners with around 40 schools and nurseries across York. Volunteers come from a variety of different departments and offer around 16,000 hours of their time … Continue reading Support young people through York Students in Schools – Speech and Language Placements
What Do You Actually Do? Episode 65: Sam Bright, Investigative journalist
Listen to this and all the previous episodes. What does an investigative journalist actually do? Sam Bright studied History at York while running a politics blog in his spare time. He's now the UK Deputy Editor at DeSmog and has written two books. Sam tells Kate what his day looks like and shares his tips … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 65: Sam Bright, Investigative journalist
Getting application-ready for York Internships
Easter vacation typically sees an increase in York Internships being advertised on Handshake. These paid, project-based opportunities typically involve working for 12 weeks in the summer vacation with a local* organisation or a University department or service. The internships provide a great chance to undertake some quality work experience that can help build your skills … Continue reading Getting application-ready for York Internships
Interested in teaching and broadening your experience? Let’s talk Block Placements!
Gaining school experience is a great way to explore whether teaching is for you and York Students in Schools (YSIS) is on hand to support you to do this. Each term, there is a range of opportunities you can get involved with, from Classroom Assistant roles, Speech and Language assessments, to Maths Workshops. YSIS recruits … Continue reading Interested in teaching and broadening your experience? Let’s talk Block Placements!
What Do You Actually Do? Episode 64: Jess Foley, Speech and Language Therapist
Listen to this and all the previous episodes. We get a lot of questions about Speech and Language Therapy careers. It's a hugely rewarding area of work where you support and care for people of all ages who have difficulties with speech, language, communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. York graduate Jess is a Speech and … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 64: Jess Foley, Speech and Language Therapist
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