Job scams are targeting students and graduates: keep safe online

publication1 Careers blog written by Mandy Simmons, Careers Information Officer

We first posted this blog in April 2015 but since then scams have continued to grow and many particularly target students and new graduates. Read our updated blog below – and keep safe online.

What is a job scam?

“A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job.

When applying for jobs online take care not to be caught out by fraudsters who trick you into paying for something that doesn’t exist. If something seems to be too good to be true – offering large rewards for little effort – chances are it is! Scams come in many different guises and the people who carry them out are always looking for new ways to make easy money

Here are our top tips for what to look out for:

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Charity training worth £1100 is now free to current students

Thanks to a generous grant, will be able to offer Charity Apprentice 2017 for free to students who dream of working to change the world for the better.

The international development charity have spent two years working with experts from across the sector to develop Charity Apprentice: a course that anyone can do in their spare time to gain entry-level charity skills. A combination of online learning and fun real-life challenges, Charity Apprentice is a must for anyone considering a career in the sector and covers topics ranging from fundraising regulation and marketing to sustainable development and effective advocacy.

Heather Kelly, current Charity Apprentice, graduated from the University of York in 2016 where she studied History. She said:

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Have your say with student surveys

866529_feedback_form_excellent Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

Student opinions and feedback are sought by employers, research organisations and the University itself.

Each year there are major national and international surveys, which aim to discover what current students think about their place of study, which employers interest them, and what careers they want to work in. These surveys include, Universum Career Test, Trendence survey and Potential Park.

Obviously, the organisations conducting these surveys aren’t expecting to get student feedback for free. That’s why they offer incentives for completion of the survey. These can include online gift vouchers, tech-y kit, trips, and even personalised careers advice.

Then there’s the other types of annual surveys, which aim to find out what students think about their university. York runs a Freshers’ Survey between November and January each year and students are sent an email with an individual link, so they can access the survey.

During the Spring term, there’s the National Student Survey, which measures students’ satisfaction with a variety of areas within their university. The data is available to help prospective students compare institutions and courses when deciding on their choice of university.

So, whether it’s to get something “off your chest” or to help future students decide, why not give one or more of these surveys a go? Further information about each one is available on our surveys web page.

GUEST BLOG: Inside the NHS Management Scheme

Guest blog written by Fiona, General Management Trainee, NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

For the next year I will be living in York as I’m currently based in the Oncology department at St James’ University Hospital in Leeds.

First and foremost, you don’t need any previous experience in management, the NHS, or any of the specialisms that are offered, to apply for the GMTS programme. Prior to joining the scheme in September, I had only just graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Chemistry. The sum total of my management experience was holding various roles, including secretary, deputy and president, in several different university societies and my summer job working in retail.

There are five different streams you can apply for, most of which are 2-years in length and run alongside postgraduate courses that support your development in your specialism and as a leader. They include;

  • General
  • Human Resources
  • Finance (2.5 years)
  • Informatics
  • Policy and Strategy

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GUEST BLOG: Landing your dream job

ibm-blog-image Guest blog written by Kate, placement student at IBM. She is working within the recruitment attractions team with a heavy focus on the marketing side.

Only four months into my placement I feel I have gained a plethora of knowledge when it comes to the recruitment process in general, so I thought I’d share my top five tips for landing yourself your dream career.

Tip One – Personalistion: Most application forms will have a designated area for you to share why exactly you want to work for that specific organisation. Make it personal, naming specific products, projects, people, advertisements, initiatives or strategies. Try this – if you remove the company name from your answers and still feel the content could be applicable to other organisations, it’s not personal enough! Continue reading

Web highlights #3: Look for work

UoY Careers Note & Pen Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

If you’re job hunting there are some basics you need to know: where to find vacancies and how to get through the recruitment and assessment process.

The Careers website’s look for work and apply for jobs sections are where you need to start.

As the title suggests, our look for work pages help you identify relevant job sites and resources for all types of work. So, whether it’s graduate jobs, internships, part-time work or international work, you’ll find good starting points and further information.

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GUEST BLOG: From university to work


 Guest blog written by RAM Tracking  

Following on from the successful appointment of Graduate Marketing Assistant, RAM Tracking asked a series of questions helping to inspire and educate future graduates currently at University. 

As a brief insight, Becky graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Psychology. In total, a series of 8 questions were asked to Rebecca, in which the full interview can be found in full on the RAM Tracking website.

How do you find the transition between Student and a full time working role?

I’ve worked since I was 15 years old (part time), so I’ve always understood the values and expectations in the workplace. As a student you don’t really have a set routine, so at first getting into one is a bit of a shock, but I quickly adjusted. Getting into a full time role in the area you are interested in is like a reward for all your hard work at university and school.

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