Foreign Policy workshop, London 10 September

Invitation to students from international affairs think tank for young people, Future Foreign Policy

Future Foreign Policy workshop : ‘Strategic Foresight: The World in 2025′, hosted by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, Wednesday 10 September 4-6pm.

If you would like to attend, you can apply by emailing with a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in the workshop, and including your degree course and university, by Friday 29 August. Continue reading

CAREERS BLOG: Watch out for early recruitment starts

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenSummer’s nearly over and it’s the start of the 2014/15 graduate recruitment cycle. Traditionally graduate employers start their recruitment drives in the autumn term, but more and more now start in late summer. These will mainly be the larger recruiting companies with graduate schemes, particularly in the finance and law sectors and for the Civil Service Fast Stream (applications open 1 September 2014 for this, with one closing date being 30 September!).

There are a host of online vacancy sites, many of them listed on our Graduate vacancies information sheet (see for this and other titles to help you with applications and interviews).  Other resources, such as, can help you keep a check on when recruitment opens and closes for a range of companies, and organise your applications’ timings.

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Calling all postgrads!

Over the last few months Careers  have been assessing what we offer to postgraduate taught and research students, with the aim of improving the service and better tailoring our marketing efforts. During this summer vacation period we are hoping to gain information and feedback  from current postgraduate students, in order to influence our plans and the creation of a specific postgraduate Careers offering.

If you would like to assist Careers with their research, please complete this short questionnaire by Friday 5th September.

With support from GSA, Careers will be hosting a number of focus groups on Monday 8th September, to stimulate greater discussion into how we can create more postgraduate tailored content. If you would like to contribute and receive a £10 Morrisons voucher for taking part, please contact Martyn Gosling at or 01904 322841.

GUEST BLOG: The life of a merchandiser

UoY Careers Rocket illy Guest blog written by Jennie Barton, Merchandiser at Phase Eight

Jennie Barton, Merchandiser at Phase Eight has recently spoken about how to get a career within the fashion industry.

How did you get to where you are today?

After finishing my degree, I wasn’t sure what to do, luckily a friend of mine recommended me for a temporary role working as a buyer for a well-known retailer. This role involved selecting what items will be stocked in stores based on predictions about what will be popular with shoppers.

I realised that merchandising was the career path for me and looked for a permanent role. I then progressed to a Senior Allocator role at a fashion retailer, where I supported the merchandising team with accurate distribution of stock, analysis of sales and store selling patterns.

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Civil Service Fast Steam live chat

Civil Service Fast Stream will be holding a live chat on their Facebook page this coming Monday, 11th August, from 12pm-1pm.

Hosted by Kathryn and Annabel, 2 HR Fast Streamers, the aim is for successful applicants to find out more about the scheme. Kathryn and Annabel will be ready to answer any questions you may have about the HR Fast Stream or the Fast Stream in general.

If you are interested in applying to the scheme this September, the live chat is a good way to find out more information about Fast Stream and the experience in general.

Goinglobal – new resource for York students

200x179_gumbi If you’re considering working outside the UK, Goinglobal is a valuable resource now available to York students.

Its extensive information includes 41 country guides with:

  • job search resources
  • industry and employment trends
  • top company listings’work permits and visas
  • cultural advice
  • application and interview advice
  • and much more.

Goinglobal also has a key employer directory with 400,000+ country-specific company profiles; USA and Canada city guides (with China cities coming soon); and worldwide job and internship vacancies.

To access this resource, York students need to visit our International work page and click on the Goinglobal link in the right hand column. You’ll then be prompted to input your University username and password for full access.