CAREERS BLOG: get ‘Grad Job Ready’!

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

It’s Summer Term and the final straight for those of you finishing your course in June. You may have a job or postgrad course already in the bag – if so, well done! However, if you’re one of those looking for a job or further study, you’ve still got time to reach your goal, if you start soon.

We know it’s a busy term – final assignments and exams, but with some canny organisation, you can still manage to do some serious job hunting. Try some of these sources of help.

Job hunting

Have a look at the Look for work section of the website. The Graduate jobs page, and accompanying information sheet, will give you graduate job sites and explain the different types of opportunities out there. From graduate schemes to small-to-medium sized enterprises offering graduate level work, with info about the ‘hidden’ job market and regional vacancies.

Also, coming soon in the Look for work section, the Job hunting toolkit will give you some practical details about using job sites, understanding job adverts and explaining what employers look for in applicants. Check back at the end of Week 3 for access to this new resource.

If you’re considering further study, check out the web pages, with help on applying and funding your studies, as well as international options.


Check out the events on offer this term to help you prepare.

Highlights include a series of events specifically for final year undergrads (covering successful job hunting, further study, getting connected, and discovering your strengths) will run from late April to mid-June.

If you want to meet employers on campus, watch out for employers presentations and the Summer Recruitment Fair on 6 June – more details on the Term’s events programme page. There are other jobs fairs running throughout the UK in May – search for them on the Prospects website.

Useful advice on moving from student life to the working world is the Transition from university to work life event on 20 April. Full details are available on Careers Gateway.

1:1 advice

Whether you’re unsure of your next steps or just need some help with job hunting, Careers staff are on hand in advice and information appointments and CV reviews. Appointments can be booked via Careers Gateway.

So, these are just a few resources to guide you towards being Grad Job Ready, but there’s plenty of other sources of help – so just ask!