Preparing to graduate in difficult times – 5 myths busted


"The very fact that you’ve faced and overcome the challenges of having to study online, and adapted to a complete change in society is no mean feat. Employers will recognise that fact." These are tough times for students and those who are about to graduate (as well as those who graduated in 2020) and, understandably, … Continue reading Preparing to graduate in difficult times – 5 myths busted

Gain Work Experience through Virtual Community Projects


Charlotte Wainwright, Operations Manager for Volunteering  Though we know work experience might seem hard to come by at the moment, you can still develop your skills and enhance your CV through our recently launched Community Projects. These team based projects are currently running virtually, and are a fantastic way to build on your strengths and … Continue reading Gain Work Experience through Virtual Community Projects

“Tell me about yourself” Cracking the interview


Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com There’s some great help and advice on our website to help you with preparing for, and attending, job interviews. It includes thinking about how you’ll answer interview questions using the CAR or STAR technique. Use whichever you find easier to remember, to help structure your reply. Answering the question CAR … Continue reading “Tell me about yourself” Cracking the interview

Our New Careers Portal


You may have seen some emails from Careers and Placements, inviting you to get started with Handshake. Handshake is our new portal and for those that remember Careers Gateway, this is it's replacement. york.joinhandshake.co.uk What can you do in Handshake? Many of the functions you used in Careers Gateway are also available in Handshake. You … Continue reading Our New Careers Portal

Tips on Getting Into the Media Industry – and Getting On Once You’re In!


By Julian Dismore, Direct Productions Julian filming in Krakatoa for Channel 4 Students hoping to get a job in the media industry – and runners, researchers and edit assistants just starting out - must feel like a fly caught in a spider’s web at the moment... stuck with a very uncertain future. But there are … Continue reading Tips on Getting Into the Media Industry – and Getting On Once You’re In!

Job hunting in tough times


By Irena Zientek, Operations Manager: Information and Engagement (Careers and Placements) Job hunting can be difficult at the best of times - it takes time, effort and (sometimes) trial and error. In the current situation it’s become even more difficult, with some employers suspending recruitment, reducing their vacancies or withdrawing job offers. It’s not just … Continue reading Job hunting in tough times

Getting Linked’In


By Luke Proctor, Senior Recruiter @ Gear4music, York With over 3 billion of us jostling for position in the passively competitive world of social media, for graduates and aspiring professionals, standing out (without filming yourself eating a ghost pepper or encouraging your Nan to ‘spit some bars’) can be daunting work. Fortunately, getting recognised for … Continue reading Getting Linked’In

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week and our incredible student volunteers


By Sophie Almack, Volunteering and Enterprise Communications Officer Every year, we take the opportunity to thank our incredible student volunteers at our Student Volunteering Awards ceremony. Though we’re sad to say we couldn’t host our awards in person this year, we wanted to make sure we took time to recognise all of the amazing work … Continue reading Celebrating Volunteers’ Week and our incredible student volunteers

Keeping motivated


Studying at home and learning online is our new normal for the time being but without our normal routines, places to be and people to see, we can get stuck in a spiral of procrastination and the accompanying guilt, when we convince ourselves that everyone else is getting on, doing more and even learning a … Continue reading Keeping motivated

Virtual Volunteering


Written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant As a careers consultant at the University of York, I am speaking to a lot of students very worried about missing out on internships and work experience opportunities. I’ve read a few reports recently that a number of big graduate employers are offering online activities which is great, but … Continue reading Virtual Volunteering

A Trip to Media City Salford


Back in early March, the Careers and Placements team arranged a student visit to Media City, Salford. The purpose of the visit was to find out more about the broadcaster's work and career opportunities. First year BSc Film and TV student, Stefan Darling and First-year BA Historical Archaeology student, Ariane Da Silva Palmas joined us … Continue reading A Trip to Media City Salford

Looking after yourself and others this term – a note from our Volunteering Team


By Sophie Almack, Volunteering and Enterprise Communications Officer Hello!  All of us here in Careers and Placements want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Summer Term. We hope you’ve had a restful vacation and are keeping safe and well.  We’re currently living through some unique times and the most important thing is … Continue reading Looking after yourself and others this term – a note from our Volunteering Team

Well what do I do now?!


Careers blog by Tricia Raxworthy, Information and Engagement Officer in Careers and Placements In our last blog, placement year student Sophie shared some of her top tips for working from home and looking after yourself. This week we’re still thinking about things to help you get through the current situation. It’s easy to feel as … Continue reading Well what do I do now?!

Life as a Fast Streamer


By Lisa Rumbold, Civil Service Fast Stream Generalist and York graduate. Lisa, a second-year Generalist Fast Streamer, talks to us about her experience so far. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I’m Lisa, a second-year Generalist Fast Streamer. I did the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) in my second year of university. … Continue reading Life as a Fast Streamer

Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Fast-track your career!


Blog by Emma Urjasova, Knowledge Transfer Administrative Assistant, University of York What is a KTP?  The innovative and contemporary Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme is a prestigious innovation scheme that brings together an expert academic team, a dynamic company and a graduate or postgraduate, known as a KTP Associate. Working collaboratively, this partnership delivers an … Continue reading Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Fast-track your career!

Meet Our Panellists – Meg Roberts, Creative Director, Schwa Consulting


The third panellist we're featuring for our Careers In... event is Meg Roberts. Meg is a Creative Director at communication consultancy, Schwa and she'll be on our panel for careers in journalism, publishing and writing. Read on to find out how Meg developed her love for language into a career Working with words I used … Continue reading Meet Our Panellists – Meg Roberts, Creative Director, Schwa Consulting

Meet our Panellists – Nigel Poulton, Chief Executive Officer of The Island


The second panellist we're featuring for our Careers In... event is Nigel Poulton. Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of the charity, The Island, in York and he'll be on our panel for careers in Social Mission. If you missed our last post, Careers In... is an an event we're running which focuses on three … Continue reading Meet our Panellists – Nigel Poulton, Chief Executive Officer of The Island

Volunteering – why me?


by Tricia Raxworthy, Information and Engagement Officer Every year thousands of York students get involved in volunteering – but why do they do it, and could it be for you? Why volunteer? There are lots of different reasons for volunteering. Volunteering means you can: give something back, show your commitment by supporting a cause you … Continue reading Volunteering – why me?

Meet our Panellists – Helen Barton, Commissioning Editor


If you want to find out about a career from the people actually working in the industry, come to our event on 19th February. We've put together an event focused on three different industries where you get to ask the questions. This time, we'll be exploring careers in... Social MissionProfessional Business ServicesJournalism, Publishing & Writing … Continue reading Meet our Panellists – Helen Barton, Commissioning Editor

Using your History of Art degree: working in an auction house


Have you thought about a career in an auction house? History of Art lecturer Nicola Sinclair recently caught up with York grad Savannah Holmes to find out about her job at Christie’s auction house. Savannah works in the Estates, Appraisals and Evaluations department, getting to interact directly with all kinds of art. Here’s what we … Continue reading Using your History of Art degree: working in an auction house

Assessment Centres – what they are and how to prepare


By Zoë MittonZoë is the Regional University Partnerships Manager for FDM, she and her team work with around 33 universities in the North of the UK finding talented, tech-curious students.  Over 1,000 students and recent graduates are recruited onto the FDM Graduate Programme each year into multiple streams including: robotics; development; test; and cyber security.  … Continue reading Assessment Centres – what they are and how to prepare

Spring Term Highlights


We're back this term with another busy programme of talks and workshops, volunteering opportunities, appointments and the first York Strengths days for first years plus much more. Come and see what's on offer and how we can help. We're open 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday or visit our website at york.ac.uk/careersBelow are some of … Continue reading Spring Term Highlights

My Placement Year


Guest blog by Emily Johnsen, former placement year student in Careers and Placements Emily in the Careers and Placements building So you’ve been mulling on the idea of a placement year, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to enter the “real world” just quite yet? Or you’ve secured a placement but are now in a … Continue reading My Placement Year

What do you actually do?! Episode 10: Oscar Bentley, Sustainability Programme Internship


Today’s episode of What Do You Actually Do!? will be focusing on doing an internship with the Student Internship Bureau. We’re talking to Oscar Bentley, who did an internship with the Department of Estates and Campus Services at the University. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Nu1Rm9oi5s1eXTueCGM3R Subscribe on your favourite platform now. Transcript Hello and welcome to this episode of … Continue reading What do you actually do?! Episode 10: Oscar Bentley, Sustainability Programme Internship

Putting off thinking about your future? How not to procrastinate


Procrastination. Even seasoned professionals aren’t immune to it. I say this with certainty, as I’ve just spent the last five minutes trying to repair a cafetière in the staff kitchen, putting off returning to my desk to write this blog. Whether it’s in a work or study situation, most people will procrastinate – it’s a … Continue reading Putting off thinking about your future? How not to procrastinate

Time to take stock


You may remember, we spent the first half of term encouraging you to get involved with all sorts of activities from work experience to volunteering, student societies to attending careers fairs. Hopefully, you did do one or two things - but there’s no point in just doing! We suggested trying things out so you could … Continue reading Time to take stock

5 actions to refine your business idea


Creating business ideas is exciting. Narrowing your ideas into one cohesive busines plan is a challenge. Co-founder of LovetheSales.com, Stuart Mclure, gives you 5 techniques to help you to refine your business idea.

What do you actually do!? Episode 38: Ian Henderson, Academic Clinical Fellow, NHS


Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6lHpwWigLPTizKvWqvNSUp Ian is an Academic Clinical Fellow and junior doctor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. After graduating in English during the 2008 credit crunch, he pursued Graduate Entry Medicine and an MSc in Global Health Science. He divides his time between clinical work and research into complications of pregnancy. Useful … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 38: Ian Henderson, Academic Clinical Fellow, NHS

What do you actually do!? Episode 37: Luke D’Arcy, President at Momentum Worldwide


Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3r4gz8w5yFhEWkqhvPXIRb Luke is President at Momentum Worldwide, the most awarded global experiential agency in the world. With offices in over 30 countries the agency works for clients such as Samsung, Verizon, American Express, Microsoft, Coca Cola and Nike. He is a Harvard Business School alumni and has previously worked … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 37: Luke D’Arcy, President at Momentum Worldwide

What do you actually do!? Episode 36: John Filby, Clinical Scientist


Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2QfRCRhBxWTuMhFOkiAG0A John is a clinical scientist at Congenica, a digital health company specialising in genomic medicine. Before that he worked in the genomics service in the NHS and completed the NHS Scientist Training Programme. He graduated from York in 2012. In this episode, John and Kate talk about the … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 36: John Filby, Clinical Scientist

What do you actually do!? Episode 35: Christina Copland, Genealogist


Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/show/2PvxnCxBm71BTIW2UEWH7v Christina works for the family history company Ancestry, where she researches client families in the U.S, Canada, U.K, Ireland and the Caribbean. She gained a PhD in History from the University of Southern California in 2018, and before that an MA in Modern History from the University of … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 35: Christina Copland, Genealogist

Time for a well-earned break (and possibly one careers action?!) this Christmas


Christmas vacation - at last! We’re all feeling the strain after this year’s unexpected events, so this vacation is a particularly welcome time.  Yes, you might have revision to start or course work to finish, but be sure to take a breather as well. It’s more important than ever that you take some time to … Continue reading Time for a well-earned break (and possibly one careers action?!) this Christmas

What do you actually do!? Episode 34: Tom Pagett, Project Manager at the Environment Agency


Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6Eup5bCso8QiW9iUS5C3dx Tom has worked at the Environment Agency for the last 10 years, in a range of roles from planning to environmental regulation, flood risk, and biodiversity. He is currently managing the largest river restoration project in the North, creating new habitat and re-naturalising the River Derwent, one of … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 34: Tom Pagett, Project Manager at the Environment Agency

Unlock your potential in lockdown (part 3): Perfect time for a CV make-over


Whatever stage you’re at in your career journey, there’ll come a time when you need a CV - for a part-time job; to accompany a further study application; as a speculative approach to a company or an application for another type of job opportunity. Even if you don’t need one right now, drafting the basics … Continue reading Unlock your potential in lockdown (part 3): Perfect time for a CV make-over