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
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
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!
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
Leadership is often presented as a skill to aspire to have or actions to do from even before university all the way to your future career. However, the traditional idea of leadership also often presents itself as an elite, elusive skill that only certain people can achieve. In that case, how do you become a … Continue reading Can passion lead to leadership? Exploring how to be a leader.
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!
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
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
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?
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