Latest Careers news – Summer, Week 7

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Job hunting toolkit for Final Year students – practical advice on finding jobs and understanding what employers look for in job applicants.

York Profiles and Mentors – connect with York graduates and use their experience to understand a range of jobs, industries and sectors.

CV and Interview Guides – information about and examples of different styles of CVs, and practise your interview technique with an interview simulator.

Careers appointments, CV reviews and mock interviews are available throughout the Summer Term. To decide which appointment is best for you, visit the Get advice page and then book through Careers Gateway.

GUEST BLOG: Women in technology

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Scott Logic, software development company

Although the reality may be markedly different, technology is generally perceived as a largely male domain. However, as time goes on, more and more women are encouraged to thrive in the fast-paced technology sector.

In Britain, statistics from Reuters show just 13 per cent of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry is female. In an ever-growing field with a clear demand for personnel, the computing sector is crying out for both talent and diversity. But why is there a shortage of women? Does the issue lie with the industry itself or in how women and girls view STEM jobs?

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Careers events ahead

UoY Careers Note & PenCheck out events for the week ahead. More can be found at:

Skills courses

Careers workshop/briefing

Departmental event

GUEST BLOG: How to make speculative applications

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Claire Kilroy, Inspiring Interns

For those approaching the end of their degree or seeking summer work, haunting job boards and companies’ careers pages can become a full-time occupation. But applying for an advertised position isn’t the only route to finding employment; you also have the option of sending off speculative applications. These involve approaching an organisation to find out if they can offer you work, rather than responding to a specific vacancy.

Why send off speculative applications? 

Approaching an employer under your own initiative can benefit you for a number of reasons. It might be your way into an industry where roles are rarely advertised, such as journalism or publishing. And in a cutthroat jobs market – which in 2014 saw an average of 39 applications for every graduate job – it can help you cut out the competition.

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In other news…

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

Free Pre-Teaching Course

27 -28 May AND 17-18 June 2016 at Bishop Grosseteste University. For students wanting to undertake either a Primary or Secondary PGCE starting in September 2017. For more information or to book places visit:

HR Work experience opportunity at Nestle

Paid 8 week work experience opportunity at Nestle in York for those with limited work experience. Find out more and apply:

Work with BBC Sport library and Digital teams to deliver Rio Olympics from Mediacity UK base in Salford
Placements are paid and last from 5 days up to 3 weeks. You must have a passion for sport. This is a fantastic opportunity to get valuable work experience and make industry contacts. Find out more and apply here: 
This one day event will take place in London on Wednesday 22 June, bringing together women in technology, at all career stages, and industry leading companies. It is a great opportunity to build relationships, learn, and advance careers. Find out more and book your place:

Latest Careers news, Summer Week 6

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Exclusive opportunity with FDM!

Fast-track the application process and win a graduate role with FDM. Take either the IT Graduate positions with FDM challenge, or the Business Graduate Positions at FDM challenge. The winners of each challenge will be offered a graduate role at FDM, and the finalists will be invited to assessment centres to interview for the role.

Apply now to volunteer next term

Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website.

You can also apply to complete a community volunteering placement either over the summer, or during Autumn term. Have a look at the different projects available on the volunteering website.

Internships this summer in York

The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, look at the Exclusive Opportunities @York tab on Careers Gateway

Social media competition

Our social media competition is now live! Like our page before Wednesday 1 June (Week 8) and be entered into a prize draw for two Westival 2016 tickets!

CAREERS BLOG: The practicalities of the job hunt

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

The word is that the graduate job market hasn’t been so buoyant in years, as it is right now. Sometimes though, it might not feel like it when you’re in the middle of looking for work. Juggling dissertations, final assignments and exams, while also being expected to grab that job is no mean feat.

You might have read up on the recruitment process – applications, interviews, assessment centres, but still feel a bit uncertain about looking for and finding the right vacancies for you.

If you’re about to embark on the graduate job hunt or are in the middle of it, but need some further insights, why not try our latest online resource?

The Job hunting toolkit moves away from the theory and offers some more practical tips about finding job adverts, understanding them and getting to grips with what employers are looking for in a candidate.

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