Careers events for Spring, week 7

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Employer presentations/events

Skills courses

Careers workshops/briefings

  • Fri 19 Feb, 10:30 — York Award assessment feedback appointments (2016 graduates)
    Details available from 12:00 on Mon 15 Feb.

Departmental events

GUEST BLOG: Lift off – inspiring women into business!

MEG picture Guest blog written by Molly Mcgrellis, the Girl’s Enrichment Mentoring Scheme and Mathematics, 3rd Year.

The Girl’s Enrichment Mentoring Scheme (or GEMS for short), acts as a three way mentoring system consisting of a collaboration between students from the University of York, year 10 students from York High School, and women from Hiscox Insurance. As part of this inspiring project we organised a ‘Women in Business’ Day at Hiscox’s brand new offices in the centre of York.

Since most of the students had not been in an office before, the day began with a spread of sandwiches and a game, to calm everyone’s nerves and break the ice! The game involved building a house out of spaghetti and marshmallows as a team – a lot harder than you would think! I attempted to put my maths degree to good use, but in hindsight my plans were too ambitious as our structure hardly stood up… But the teamwork required seemed to get everyone well acquainted and comfortable in getting to know each other for the rest of the day.

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External Events

  • On Wednesday 24 February, Simmons & Simmons are holding their LGBT in the City event in London. Find out more and register for tickets online.
  • The Global Careers Fair is taking place on Thursday 10 March. This is an online event showcasing international public sector roles including EU and UN positions.
  • A 5 day training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is taking place at the University of Birmingham from Monday 11-Friday 15 April. Perfect for those with an interest in International Relations.
  • Shout Out UK are holding a Political Literacy Summer School to provide intense immersion in politics and international relations. Includes a qualification from AQA.


  • The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme is now open to applications.  The scheme aims to promote social mobility in the legal profession by supporting promising entrants who also face exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualification.
  • The Chinese Year of the Monkey started this week – so what better time to think of becoming a languages assistant in China with British Council? Applications must be submitted before Sunday 21 February.

Interesting snippets

Competition time!

  • EY Cryptic Campus is live now – giving you the opportunity to win up to £7,500 for your society!
  • The Clifford Chance Intelligent Aid competition deadline is at midnight on Sunday 21 February – win a place on the Clifford Chance vacation scheme.
  • Morgan Stanley are holding a photo competitionYou are encouraged to submit up to two photographs that illustrate the concept of how capital can create positive change in the world before Sunday 21 February!

Careers latest news – Spring, Week 6

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Do you have an entrepreneurial flair? Plan ENVY and the Freelance Challenge are now both open for applications! More information is available on the enterprise webpage.
Plan ENVY workshops are also starting this week, with workshops covering idea generation, essential marketing and the financial fundamentals of starting-up. Book your place now on Careers Gateway.
@Work summer term team projects (for students from Education, English & Related Literature, History of Art, and Politics) open for applications until 21 February. Over 30 projects to get involved in across research, marketing, publishing, social justice, heritage and events.  Find out more on the @Work webpage
Look out for…
23 FebruaryWorking in… Advertising, Marketing & PR / Health / Criminal justice. Find out what’s it like to work in these sectors by meeting York alumni and professionals. More info on the What’s on page.

CAREERS BLOG: The power of words – a career in marketing and more

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

What is marketing?! 

“Marketing” basically involves influencing behaviour.

Understanding the interests and motivations of a specific audience is essential in order to know how to effectively communicate information about a brand, product, service or even a concept. As a result, research and strategy underpin the marketing sector.

Marketing is often described as a science rather than an art, however with millions(/billions?!) of organisations vying for our attention, and information available at the swipe of a fingertip, the ability to successfully connect with consumers requires a combination of creativity and analytical thinking.

Marketing as a sector also includes Advertising and PR. The three areas interlink, but also have different functions: advertising creates the need for a product/brand; marketing promotes the product/brand; and PR manages the reputation of the product/ brand.

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Careers events for Spring, Week 6

UoY Careers Note & Pen  Check out events for the week ahead. More at

Employer events

Skills sessions

  • Social Entrepreneur, Mon 8 Feb (Week 6), 4:00-6:00pm (Book online)
    This course aims to develop your understanding of the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors and examines what skills are needed to manage and lead within them.
  • The Law of Ideas, Wed 10 Feb (Week 6), 1:30-4:30pm (Book online)
    How can inventions or creative effort be protected by law?  Delivered by leading firm DLA Piper, this course provides an introduction to the concept of intellectual property and some of the fundamental rights that are protected.
  • Plan Envy-Idea generation: generating innovative business ideas, Thu 11 Feb (Week 6), 5:00-7:00pm, P/T/005 (Physics)

Workshops and talks

  • Working in the Voluntary Sector, Wed 10 Feb, 1:00-2:00pm, B/B/006
    This session will help you understand where there are paid opportunities in the sector versus voluntary positions, how you access jobs, and introduce how you can build relevant experience while you are still at university.
  • Inspiring Women in Business and Technology, Wed 10 Feb (Week 6), 6:00-8:00pm, P/T/006 (Physics)

Departmental Events



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Fancy the chance of winning a bag full of Aldi goodies worth £25? Simply answer the questions below and like the ‘Aldi Recruitment at the University of York’ Facebook page  Winners will be drawn at random.

Information that will help you find the answers to the questions can be found on the Aldi website, Twitter and Facebook pages

Email your answers to or by 5pm Friday 5th February

  1. What is the starting salary on the Aldi Graduate Scheme?
  2. How many weeks into the Graduate Scheme do you get your first week-long holiday?
  3. How many stages are there in the application for the graduate scheme?
  4. The Aldi Careers UK Facebook page made a post on January 11th stating what qualities they are looking for in students applying for their Industrial Placements. What were the qualities they stated?
  5. How much do those on Industrial Placements earn during their time at Aldi?
  6. ‘Aldi is the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK’ True or False?

Human Rights Lawyers Association  Competition

The 4th Annual HRLA Judicial Review Competition is now open! The HRLA Young Lawyers’ Committee welcomes applications from law students across the UK who are interested in a career in human rights. Please see the attached flyer which includes the competition brief, rules and timetable. These details can also be viewed on the HRLA website

The deadline for first round written submissions is 4pm Monday 22 February 2016.

External Events 

JobTessio Japan Careers talk
11th February at 12:00pm

JobTessio Japan is holding a careers talk for Japanese and Japanese-speaking students who are interested in working in Japan after graduation! Register online

GradBoss Networking Event
18th February at 6:00pm
Hosted by Corecom Consulting in Leeds, this is an evening of talks from IT experts with backgrounds in software development and testing and data and business intelligence. The evening is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing an IT career and who would like to meet potential employers, get advice and insights into the industry.
Find out more and register for a free ticket online

Open day at Imagination Technologies
Wednesday 18th March 2016
Visit Imagination’s headquarters in Hertfordshire for an introduction to Imagination and a tour of the demo room. There will also be talks about the most popular technical areas to work in and an insight into their hardware and software development.

Apply online before 26th February and attach your CV and highlight why you would like to attend the open day.