Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers
To celebrate One Planet Week (Week 6, 13 – 17 February), we thought we’d turn the spotlight onto green careers and how to find out more about them.
Green careers don’t necessarily mean just nature and conservation, but also ethical careers, renewable energy, consultancy and more. You can start exploring the range of careers by visiting the environment job sector pages on the Careers website. These pages will provide information about the sector and whether it’s right for you. They also look at the skills you’ll need, where to look for jobs and what else you can do while you’re at York to enhance your employability in this area.
Guest blog written by Rebecca, a Special Educational Needs Consultant for Teaching Personnel’s West and North Yorkshire branch.
When you’re due to graduate, the world of job seeking can seem pretty daunting. “Where do I want to work? Do I have the right skills? Will I have job security?” That’s where working for a company like Teaching Personnel can help.
Before my role as a consultant, I completed a degree in Theatre Studies and then trained as a Primary School Teacher. In between my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent a lot of time in schools and alternative education settings, gaining experience in different areas before making a decision to train in Primary Education. I didn’t really know about the amount of roles available to graduates and it was only upon doing a bit of research that I was able to find a role as a Special Needs Support Worker – sharing my time between a home based education programme for pupils with Autism, and within a large SEN school across several sites.
Guest blog written by Careers Student Brand Ambassadors, Charlotte Noddings and Serife Gunal
Are you panicking about what comes after graduation? Do you already have an idea of what you want to do but don’t know where to start? Here we outline some of the most common paths you can pursue and signpost you to some of the best resources for planning your life after university. The options laid out here are not exhaustive but they do give you a good idea of some of the opportunities available. The key thing to remember is that using the Careers department is a great way to start!
What are your options?
Graduate schemes are a fantastic introduction to the world of work, with many employers offering employment for one to three, or more, years as well as, the opportunity to attain qualifications. Grad schemes are available in a range of sectors including investment and finance, engineering, accountancy and even media. Single employers often recruit to more than one type of job role, for instance, investment banks offer opportunities in operations, sales and trading, investment banks, technology and more! Some employers close their applications in the autumn of your final year but there are many schemes that are open longer and may also re-open later in the year. The long recruitment process, including an online application form, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, can be made easier if you know where to look! If you decide that a graduate job is one of the avenues you would like to pursue after graduation, make sure you go to Careers for any help with finding graduate schemes, any part of the application process, or any other queries you may have.
Guest blog written by Sarah Hoyle, York PhD student
Why work for a charity when you can set one up yourself?!
Do you have an idea that could be beneficial to society? Have you identified a need for your idea; a group of people or individuals that you can help? Is your idea not-for-profit? If the answer is yes to these three questions you are have the makings of a great charity!
It was in 2009 when I set up Together We Create. I set up the charity with the belief that young people could benefit their local communities if given the right skills and support. Prior to 2009 I had spent time working with young people of all ages running creative workshops in schools and community spaces, so I knew there was a demand and a possibility. Moreover I had a passion to make a change and a passion to give young people a voice.
Guest blog written by Rebecca Lawes (English & Philosophy), Frontline Brand Manager
What appealed to you about being a Frontline Brand Manager?
Being able to promote a really influential charity appealed to me because I really wanted a part time job that made a real difference, but that was still well paid and flexible. The opportunity to speak to students who are really passionate about changing the lives of vulnerable children also appealed to me, as I really liked the idea of my part time university job being rewarding and interesting. There are lots of brand ambassador opportunities available, but to me just promoting a big company or product seemed like a very hard sales kind of role that I would just not have been as passionate about. Working for a prestigious charity that is completely unique in what it does is much more exciting! It also appealed to me because the hours are flexible and I can completely set my own timetable and workload but I get paid National Living Wage, which is often hard to find in the third sector.
What have you learnt from being a Brand Manager?
Guest blog written by Serife Gunal, Careers Student Brand Ambassador
There’s something about the words ‘assessment centre’ that makes me want to shudder, in fact, there’s been times where hearing ‘grad job’ or ‘internship’ has made me feel queasy! I realise now that those fears were somewhat misguided and that applying for grad jobs and internships doesn’t have to stress you out!
If you are scheduled to attend an assessment centre or even planning on applying for a graduate job or internship, Careers and Placements has an event just for you. The annual assessment centre simulator event will be taking place at 17:30 to 20:30 in P/T/005 (Physics) on Wednesday 1st February and will be a fantastic opportunity to have a practice in an assessment centre environment!
Guest blog written by York graduate, Vibeke Kristensen-White
I graduated with a 2:1 in English and History from the University of York in July 2016. I work for Age UK Oxfordshire and am a part of the Worthwhile Graduate Programme 2016-17. Age UK Oxfordshire is the local branch of the national older people’s charity, Age UK, and has linked up with the graduate programme, Worthwhile, which helps and supports young people get into the third sector. Worthwhile provides 18 days of training throughout the year and support as and when you need it.
My job role is ‘Media and Communications’ with a bit of fundraising thrown in. I am responsible for updating the content of our website and social media, I write our quarterly newsletter, I also run our campaigns such as ‘The Big Knit’ and ‘The Dignity in Care Awards’. In between these lager roles I keep in touch with local media outlets to promote the services we offer to older people in the community.