CAREERS BLOG: A little something for Halloween!

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green As Halloween’s witching hour approaches, it’s time to gather around the flickering fire and chill your blood with some truly ghastly horror stories!

Our first tale of terror…

You’re on your own. There’s no one around – the house is eerily deserted. The night has fallen and, as the wind whistles down the chimney, you feel the icy hand of fear clutching at your heart. You’re all alone and fearful for your future.

All your friends are busy applying for graduate jobs, but you’ve not even started thinking about life after uni. Argh!

How about another spooky story?

They stare at you with a keenness in their eyes that makes your heart beat faster. The trickle of sweat pricks your forehead and you breathe harder, not knowing what to do or say. You fear them, convinced they’ll pull you apart mercilessly. How can you escape?

The interview panel are asking questions you don’t have the answer to – can you talk about a time when you’ve had to use creative thinking in a problem solving situation? Argh!

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Nursing Recruitment Fair – 11th-12th November

The rcnbulletin jobs fair covers all areas of the nursing profession. There will be over 40 exhibitors from NHS trusts, charities, the armed forces, recruitment agencies and the private health sector. There will also be a series of free careers seminars on topics including job searching tips and how to get your CV to the top of the pile.

  • 11 and 12 November
  • New dock, Leeds
  • Free entry

For further information and to register, visit:

2014 China Career Development Workshops

The British Council China is going to run a series of career development workshops in the UK from 7th to 12th November 2014.

HR executives from major employers in China have been invited to give an overview of the competitive job market in China, talk about various aspects of recruitment from the employer’s side and share job opportunities with Chinese students. After the guests have spoken, students will have the chance to interact with the speakers as well as inquire about any possible vacancies that they could have available. This will not only provide a fantastic opportunity for students to understand and discuss the requirements of China’s domestic employment market, but will also provide a wealth of employment opportunities. Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: Getting into the voluntary sector

UoY Careers Balloon illy Former York student and passionate campaigner Kate Evans shares her experience of finding work in the charity sector and her top tips for students looking to get a foot in the door.

Whilst studying history at York, I was keen to also get involved in other activities; I was Environment and Ethics Officer at Halifax College and was part of the People and Planets society. I loved campaigning and could usually be found somewhere on campus encouraging students to sign petitions!” – Kate succeeded on campus, with one of her campaigns leading to the ethical sourcing of merchandise in the students’ union.

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Once Kate left York, she used her degree and the skills she’d developed to pursue various opportunities, including volunteering in India for Development in Action ( Kate stresses though that it isn’t only volunteer work that will get you in to the charity sector: “Going to India was as much about the life experience of travelling for me as it was about the benefits of volunteering. For students who would like to work in the charity sector, but can’t volunteer full-time, I would reassure you that Charities really appreciate the skills you can bring to a job, not just the sector-experience.” Organisations like Oxfam also have opportunities for you to get involved less frequently, for example at events or for a few hours a week at a local shop. “Experience like that can help show that you’re passionate about giving back”. 

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Johnson & Johnson Japan – company presentation and interviews, London, 2 November

Johnson & Johnson Japan is holding a company presentation in London on Sunday 2 November 2014 for fluent Japanese speakers interested in internships or graduate work in Japan from summer 2015.

Event details:

  •  11.00am  – 12.00,  Company Presentation
  • 12.00 – 1.00pm,  Networking lunch
  • 1.00pm – 8.00pm,  Interviews (1 hour per person)
  • Location: Hilton Euston Hotel

Requirement: Degree-MBA, MSc, PhD. Work experiences-at least 3 years.

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GUEST BLOG: Teacher training – the inside view

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by York alumni

With UCAS applications now open for postgraduate teacher training, recent York alumni give an insight into their training experience.

1) Lucy Hodkin, Primary PGCE at Durham University

How did you go about writing your PGCE application?

I first completed the work experience section, listing all the relevant school based placements I’d undertaken and other child related work experience I’d had in the last 3-4 years. After listing this, it gave me a good starting point and some ideas of things to explore in more depth in the personal statement part of my application.

I had a look through two of my friends’ successful PGCE personal statements, which was very useful in helping me structure my own – I’d definitely recommend doing this if you have the opportunity! In my own statement, I wrote about why I personally wanted to get into teaching, what teaching means to me, described the skills I’d picked up in my work experience that would enable me to be an effective practitioner and tried to show that I’d be able to cope with anything that teaching could throw at me! There’s not much space to write more than about 4-5 paragraphs in the application, so I went for a depth over breadth approach and attempted to fully explain a few points rather than try and cover everything. This approach seemed to work as I quickly received two interviews on consecutive days!

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