CAREERS BLOG: Eager employers seek dynamic final year students…

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green  Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

…even before you reach your final year!

Once upon a time graduate recruiters started their recruitment process (often referred to as ‘the Milkround’) at the start of the Autumn Term, by placing adverts on graduate careers websites and in magazines and employer directories. They would then trawl around the country, visiting university careers services and giving presentations on campus.

With employers wanting the brightest and the best graduates, many recruiters start seeking them out much earlier. For first year students this might mean Insight Day and competitions. For second / penultimate years, structured internships and interaction through workshops and seminars might be the norm. For final year students, much earlier vacancy release dates, careers fairs and a variety of assessment processes.

If you’re about to start your final year this Autumn or you’re a recent graduate wanting to apply for graduate schemes starting next Summer, start checking those vacancy sources now, as many employer have already started advertising their 2016 opportunities. Some will have early closing dates to match, so don’t be caught on the hop.

Among the big names whose graduate recruitment has already started are: UBS, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Teach First, Deloitte, Shell, BT and PwC.

If you’re going to be applying for an internship for the end of your second year, don’t be caught out either! Some companies will also start advertising these types of vacancies from the summer months too. See  below for where to find these jobs advertised.

Where to look for these jobs

There are lots of general graduate recruitment websites, not to mention the companies’ own sites. Start your search by using the information sheet, Finding graduate job vacancies. This gives you lots of key resources for graduate schemes and work with small/medium sized companies. There’s also help with finding those more ‘hidden’ jobs, as well as sources for international opportunities.

For internships, start with the web page, Internships and work experience, linking you to the information sheets with vacancy sources for general opportunities and more specific sectors.

If you’re looking for work in a particular sector, bear in mind they may not always be advertised on the general graduate resources, as there may be more specialist job sites better suited for the employers. Start with the Job sector pages on the Careers website, as these will give some of the specific sector-related vacancy sites, as well as suggestions on how to build the skills employers may want in particular career areas.

Don’t know what job you want to do?

If you’re not sure what type of work you want to do after York, start getting some ideas now, by using the Employability Tutorial or some of the exercises listed on the Career planning information sheet. If you want some help making sense of it all, book an appointment with Careers – see our Get advice web page for details.

So, don’t delay – start looking today!