GUEST BLOG: publishing Q&A

UoY Careers Balloon illy The English Department Advisory Board Visit in March provided students the opportunity to question Anthony Forbes Watson (Managing Director if Pan Macmillan) about the world of publishing. Here’s a summary of the key points he had to make.

Current state of publishing industry

  • Publishing remains a vocational career in which strong communication skills are key (to the extent that AFW removed all the walls in the office 4 years ago)
  • This is particularly true of general publishing, in which books are marketed on the basis that people will want to have them, as opposed to educational, technical and medical publishing, in which the books are marketed to people who have to have them
  • Since 1995 (when fixed prices were removed from books), the rise of discount booksellers has made the market more competitive, less academic
  • Since the digital revolution, social media has changed approaches to text and to communication; Macmillan sales represented by e-books has risen from 0-40% in only 4 years
  • Data capture is becoming more important – at the moment, for instance, new mothers are a very influential market.

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DISCO Career Forum

This event, for Japanese/English bilingual job seekers, offers the chance to meet top Japanese and other global companies, which are looking to recruit internationally-minded graduates from the European market.

In addition, this year companies will also be targeting graduates in IT/computer science, irrespective of their language ability.


GUEST BLOG: A career in credit risk

UoY Careers Rocket illy Guest blog written by Sean Bygrave, Credit Risk Market Support Manager, International personal Finance.

How about a career in credit risk in the finance industry?

I’m responsible for the credit strategy and performance of emerging markets and for creating and managing group-wide practices for developing credit resources. 

So what is the role of a credit risk analyst?

A credit risk analyst advises his or her employer about whether to give a loan. They do this by studying all the information available on current and past loans and using this to decide how likely a person is to default on a loan.

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SayWhatYouSee Easter competition

Following our (Stratton Craig) recent blog on how to get more people to share your photos, we’re launching an Easter caption competition, entitled SayWhatYouSee (#saywhatyousee). We are looking for interesting, inventive, funny or clever captions for the image below, and the top five entries will be be in with a chance of winning a gourmet chocolate egg.

How to enter:

Via Twitter Simply enter your caption on Twitter, tagging @strattoncraig and including the hashtag #saywhatyousee. That leaves you with 111 characters to play with…

Via Email If you’re not on Twitter, simply reply to our email address ( and be sure to include your contact details.


Closing date: Please get your entry to us by midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014 to be in with a chance of winning. You’d better get cracking!

Careers Newsletter, Summer term, weeks 1 and 2 – Summer internships, funding for voluntary work experience, business plan competition plus much more


Careers Newsletter, Summer 2014, Weeks 1 and 2

In this issue:

  1. York Award interviews
  2. Opportunity for a career mentor
  3. Start your summer with a paid internship
  4. Get inspired this summer – funding for voluntary work experience available
  5. Do it! Volunteer as a classroom assistant with YSIS
  6. Run it! York Cares charity internships for 2014/15 – apply now
  7. Enterprise internships worth £2000 – open for applications
  8. Plan ENVY – apply for a chance to win £2000
  9. Employability Tutorial – it’s not too late to try it
  10. College news: Goodricke student market 14th June
  11. Summer term Careers events – weeks 1 and 2
  12. Make the Most – what will you do with your summer?
  13. Meet the Team – Kelly McDonald, Careers Adviser
  14. The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 – win £1000
  15. Do you speak Japanese? 
  16. Caught our eye this week

… and more

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Making a living out of social media

If you’re never off social media, check out what it’s like to be using it everyday as the main focus of your job. Sedge Beswick, Global Social Media Manager for ASOS gives an insight into what the work is really about on the 10 Minutes With website.

10 Minutes With is free for York students to access – simply go to the website:

  • click on Register
  • enter your email address
  • click the Student option
  • and follow the instructions.