CAREERS BLOG: Volunteering – What’s the Point?

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers blog written by Beth Matthews, Grad intern, Volunteering Project Support Officer

I first became a volunteer when I was doing my GCSEs and contacted a local playgroup charity asking to come in for a few hours per week. My reasons were, on the most part, selfish – I wanted something to put on my currently blank CV and hopefully get myself a part time job. What I wasn’t expecting was to stay with the charity for a five years, sitting on committee meetings, fundraising, organising events and becoming a valued member of the team until I finished school and moved on to the University of York.

By this time my motivation for getting involved in volunteering projects was completely different, I chose to take part in a broad range of opportunities that were available to me with the hope of meeting new people with similar interests. I said yes to as many things as I thought I could fit around my degree, completing a primary school placement with York Students in Schools (YSIS), mentoring year eleven students through the Girls Enrichment Mentoring Scheme, spending nights on shift with inebriated students as a (very sober) Night Safe volunteer, and helping to start a brand new student led group.

Throughout these placements and projects I worked with teachers, business partners, fellow students, the police, MPs and charities to deliver workshops with young people, organise events and launch social media campaigns. In short, if I stripped away all of the people I met and experiences I had from getting involved as a volunteer at York, I really wouldn’t have much to say about my time here apart from lectures and long library sessions.

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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy   External events and news you might be interested in.

The Trendence student survey have added some extra prizes for students taking part. Exclusive to York students you could win Betty’s Tea Room vouchers, as well as the £100-worth of Netflix and £500 Amazon vouchers!

ASSET (Archive Sector Enterprise Training) are running a 2 day course entitled: Moving Image Archives: The Film to Digital Transition. For more information see:

Change100 is a summer internship and professional development programme open to students and recent graduates with disabilities and long term health conditions. Apply now:

Competitions and awards

  1. RWE npower are running a competition to get insight into one of the UK’s leading energy companies which could lead to an internship at npower. It kicks off with a quiz: Any questions please email
  2. P1 Marine Foundation is currently running its 2015 National Student Awards in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society’s Wakefield Memorial Award and IMarEST, For more information or to enter, please visit:
  3. TARGETjobs, in collaboration with some of the biggest names in graduate recruitment has launched the 2016 Undergraduate of the Year Awards competition. Enter now  via
  4. The UK Stem Awards 2016 are live. You could win anything from work experience to £25,000. See for details

Latest Careers News – Week 9

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York Award Drop-in for final year students – have your questions answered!

Thursday 26th November, 2-3pm in Careers

Come along to this drop-in session any time between 2pm and 3pm.  We can help to answer your questions about the application process, such as reviewing your points claim.  No booking required.

‘Game of Homes‘ Student Intern Success!
On the 18th November the Student Internship Bureau celebrated the successes of more than 50 students who completed internships with departments and services on campus over the summer vacation. Two students were shortlisted for the ‘on campus intern of the summer’ prize, which was awarded to Jamie Macdonald, a second year Interactive Media student who worked with the Centre for Housing Studies to design the aesthetics for ‘Game of Homes’, a role-playing game for 14-16 year olds which teaches players about the housing market and the challenges of leaving home for the first time. Rebecca Saw, also a second year Interactive Media student, was highly commended for the video and website marketing project that she completed with Constantine College.

Students who completed internships with a range of local York businesses during the summer vacation were celebrated at an event earlier in the term. More details about this can be found here and you can find out more about opportunities available to all students through the Student Internship Bureau here. 2016 summer vacation projects (over 150 on campus and with local businesses!) will be launched in mid Spring term so make sure you are CV and application ready by following the SIB’s top tips for internship success!

Jamie Macdonald


CAREERS BLOG: We’re not just for final year students

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

Something we’ve noticed in recent years – and this year in particular – is the number of first year students getting involved with Careers events and actions. Which is great!

Many students of all years realise they need to be getting work experience, developing skills, trying out new things, well before the end of their course.

Gone are the days when an employer recruited graduates solely on their academic record. Now they want more from candidates and to be able to offer more, students need to start early with careers-related activities. To find out what might be of interest to you, the earlier you start exploring the more time you have to find what’s right for you.

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Careers events coming up – Week 9


We have nearly reached the end of term, but we encourage you not to miss  out on some great events coming up in Week 9.  

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Employer presentations

Careers workshops/briefings

Departmental events

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CAREERS BLOG: Hidden web gems

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

If you’ve so much as peeked at our website, you’ll know there’s a lot of information on there and sometimes, really useful pages can get lost among the rest of the site. So you don’t miss out on these hidden web gems, we’d like to highlight just some of them for you.

1. Careers timeline

Sometimes you just need a pointer to get an idea of what you should be doing and when.

You’re a final year undergrad – what’s the most important things to be thinking about in the Spring Term? First year student wanting some ideas of what to try to help you get experience and skills? The Timeline can help suggest some interesting and useful activities whatever stage you’re at.

It’s also got weekly careers events listed and links to some great stuff. You can search by year of study / particular term / individual week.

2. Information sheets

Long, text-heavy web pages can be too overwhelming, but short ones just don’t give you enough detail.

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UoY Careers newspaper illy Some external news you might be interested in:

Interested in Marketing? Engine

Don’t miss the Engine Group marketing communications grad scheme talk on Monday 23 November.  A York graduate has won a place on this exceptional scheme every year for the past 3 years – can we make it 4 in a row?  The Engine Group works with major global brands including Coca Cola, Toshiba, Disney, Unilever, B&Q, Sky and many many more.

Monday 23 Nov 2015 16:00 – 17:00 Location D/L/028, Hendrix Hall (Derwent)

More details on Careers Gateway – no need to book just turn up.

  • Santandar Big Ideas challenge – can you help transform Santandar and win a share of the £20,000 prize fund? Register before 1 December to take part
  • Interested in Healthcare Entrepreneurship? Students, postdocs and researchers can get involved in OneStart – a startup accelerator program for Life Science and Healthcare sector
  • Australian and New Zealand University Open Day in Manchester, 20 November, London 21 November. Register now
  • Postgraduate Studentships PhD Funding Fair, 1 December, London, Register now for a place
  • CityLawLIVE (London, 11 Dec) and NationalLawLive (Manchester, 4 Dec)  full day interactive conferences for those pursuing a career in the legal profession
  • Your next internship could be anywhere in the world!  The next round of Blind Applying is now open (closes 7 December) and gives you the chance to submit a CV to be considered by leading global companies who will pick the candidate that they think is the best match for their opportunity. Find out more today!