Asia Careers Insight Series


A week of 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. There are over 20 short talks with recruiting employers to help you find out about their job opportunities and … Continue reading Asia Careers Insight Series

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

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

Keeping in touch with Careers and Placements after graduation


For graduating students, your time at the University may be nearing its end but that doesn’t mean it's time to say goodbye to Careers and Placements. We can continue to help you beyond graduation whether that’s with career exploration and decisions or support with honing your application skills. Here’s what we offer... Access to all … Continue reading Keeping in touch with Careers and Placements after graduation

An Introduction to Psychometric Testing


By Hannah Vernon, Media & Communications at Gradcracker A key stage of many recruitment processes, psychometric tests are used to assess some element of a candidate's cognitive ability or personality. It is likely that you'll come across psychometric testing when applying for degree apprenticeship, placement and graduate opportunities, as many Gradcracker employers use this method … Continue reading An Introduction to Psychometric Testing

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 56: John Steel, Life as a CEO: running Cafédirect


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Think you want to be a CEO? Interested in marketing, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) or the world of ethical business? This episode is for you. John Steel is the CEO of Cafédirect and has worked his way up through a number of FMCG businesses after beginning his career in … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 56: John Steel, Life as a CEO: running Cafédirect

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 55: Ben Johnson, Working in financial services


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Ben graduated from York with a degree in Philosophy and after a few years found himself working in the financial services sector for Deloitte. It wasn't something he planned. In the episode Ben explains how his first impressions of the sector were wrong, how you don't need … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 55: Ben Johnson, Working in financial services

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 54: Rob Simmons, Working in international development


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. This episode is for anyone interested in international development or the humanitarian sector. Rob Simmons works in Somalia for Committed to Good (CTG) and speaks to Kate from a shipping container next to the airport. They talk about what you need to get into this kind of … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 54: Rob Simmons, Working in international development

What Do You Actually Do? Episode 53: Ashley Loo, Student Internship Bureau special


Listen to this and all the previous episodes. Did you know that each summer loads of York students do an internship through the Student Internship Bureau (SIB)? SIB advertises paid, project-based internships in and around York that are exclusively for York students.In this episode Kate talks to Ashley, an Interactive Media student who recently completed … Continue reading What Do You Actually Do? Episode 53: Ashley Loo, Student Internship Bureau special