Let this be the year that you get involved with volunteering! The benefits of volunteering are huge - not only for those that you support, but for you as a volunteer. Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, discovering more about the city you live in and gaining unique and exciting experiences that … Continue reading 5 reasons you should volunteer this year
These might seem like pretty simple questions, but it can be much easier (and less complicated) to develop knowledge of the world around us than it can be to take time getting to know ourselves. Everyone talks about university as a time for self-discovery, but even if you know the person you are, that’s already … Continue reading What are you good at? What energises you? What are your strengths?
The Volunteering Team in Careers and Placements is 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 term starts, we wanted … Continue reading Meet the Volunteering Team
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
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.
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
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