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

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

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

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!

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

Getting Linked’In


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

Keeping motivated


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

Virtual Volunteering


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


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?!

Life as a Fast Streamer


By Lisa Rumbold, Civil Service Fast Stream Generalist and York graduate. Lisa, a second-year Generalist Fast Streamer, talks to us about her experience so far. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I’m Lisa, a second-year Generalist Fast Streamer. I did the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) in my second year of university. … Continue reading Life as a Fast Streamer

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 – Meg Roberts, Creative Director, Schwa Consulting


The third panellist we're featuring for our Careers In... event is Meg Roberts. Meg is a Creative Director at communication consultancy, Schwa and she'll be on our panel for careers in journalism, publishing and writing. Read on to find out how Meg developed her love for language into a career Working with words I used … Continue reading Meet Our Panellists – Meg Roberts, Creative Director, Schwa Consulting

Meet our Panellists – Nigel Poulton, Chief Executive Officer of The Island


The second panellist we're featuring for our Careers In... event is Nigel Poulton. Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of the charity, The Island, in York and he'll be on our panel for careers in Social Mission. If you missed our last post, Careers In... is an an event we're running which focuses on three … Continue reading Meet our Panellists – Nigel Poulton, Chief Executive Officer of The Island

Volunteering – why me?


by Tricia Raxworthy, Information and Engagement Officer Every year thousands of York students get involved in volunteering – but why do they do it, and could it be for you? Why volunteer? There are lots of different reasons for volunteering. Volunteering means you can: give something back, show your commitment by supporting a cause you … Continue reading Volunteering – why me?

Meet our Panellists – Helen Barton, Commissioning Editor


If you want to find out about a career from the people actually working in the industry, come to our event on 19th February. We've put together an event focused on three different industries where you get to ask the questions. This time, we'll be exploring careers in... Social MissionProfessional Business ServicesJournalism, Publishing & Writing … Continue reading Meet our Panellists – Helen Barton, Commissioning Editor

Using your History of Art degree: working in an auction house


Have you thought about a career in an auction house? History of Art lecturer Nicola Sinclair recently caught up with York grad Savannah Holmes to find out about her job at Christie’s auction house. Savannah works in the Estates, Appraisals and Evaluations department, getting to interact directly with all kinds of art. Here’s what we … Continue reading Using your History of Art degree: working in an auction house

Assessment Centres – what they are and how to prepare


By Zoë MittonZoë is the Regional University Partnerships Manager for FDM, she and her team work with around 33 universities in the North of the UK finding talented, tech-curious students.  Over 1,000 students and recent graduates are recruited onto the FDM Graduate Programme each year into multiple streams including: robotics; development; test; and cyber security.  … Continue reading Assessment Centres – what they are and how to prepare

Spring Term Highlights


We're back this term with another busy programme of talks and workshops, volunteering opportunities, appointments and the first York Strengths days for first years plus much more. Come and see what's on offer and how we can help. We're open 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday or visit our website at york.ac.uk/careersBelow are some of … Continue reading Spring Term Highlights

My Placement Year


Guest blog by Emily Johnsen, former placement year student in Careers and Placements Emily in the Careers and Placements building So you’ve been mulling on the idea of a placement year, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to enter the “real world” just quite yet? Or you’ve secured a placement but are now in a … Continue reading My Placement Year

What do you actually do?! Episode 10: Oscar Bentley, Sustainability Programme Internship


Today’s episode of What Do You Actually Do!? will be focusing on doing an internship with the Student Internship Bureau. We’re talking to Oscar Bentley, who did an internship with the Department of Estates and Campus Services at the University. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Nu1Rm9oi5s1eXTueCGM3R Subscribe on your favourite platform now. Transcript Hello and welcome to this episode of … Continue reading What do you actually do?! Episode 10: Oscar Bentley, Sustainability Programme Internship

Putting off thinking about your future? How not to procrastinate


Procrastination. Even seasoned professionals aren’t immune to it. I say this with certainty, as I’ve just spent the last five minutes trying to repair a cafetière in the staff kitchen, putting off returning to my desk to write this blog. Whether it’s in a work or study situation, most people will procrastinate – it’s a … Continue reading Putting off thinking about your future? How not to procrastinate

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 48: Jo Auger, Management Consultant


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Management consultancy is always a popular job area for our students, but do you actually know what the job is like? Today Kate chats to Jo Auger about what she does all day, the skills she uses, and the best and worst bits.Jo has been a Management … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 48: Jo Auger, Management Consultant

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 47: Benji Merrison, Film and TV composer


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Attention music students! In this episode Benji Merrison explains how he created a career for himself as a composer for film and television after graduating from York. He takes us through what his job is like day-to-day and how he got there. Benji Merrison is an award winning … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 47: Benji Merrison, Film and TV composer

How commercial awareness can help your job applications


Recruiters look for many skills in job applicants - team work, communication, problem solving, and more. One skill that employers like to see, but is one that is often overlooked by candidates, is commercial awareness. It isn’t a skill that is only expected of business or management students - students and graduates of any subject … Continue reading How commercial awareness can help your job applications

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 46: Heather Wilkinson, Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. The Aldi grad scheme has a reputation for being challenging, giving its grads a lot of responsibility and having great benefits. After 15 weeks on the scheme you'll be put in charge of a store and after a year you'll be an Area Manager. In this episode Heather Wilkinson … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 46: Heather Wilkinson, Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme