Web Highlights #1 – Using Careers Gateway


Careers blog written by Mandy Simmons, Careers Information Officer

There’s lots of useful information on the Careers website, but not everyone’s aware of the great resources available. So, welcome to the first in a series of web page highlights, to help you make the most of what’s on offer. First we start with the basics… Careers Gateway.

What is Careers Gateway?

Careers Gateway allows you find jobs, book appointments, find out about events and tell us what emails you want to receive from us.  Setting your email preferences is easy and it means that when we sent out targeted emails about an event you won’t miss out   You can also set it to notify you when new vacancies matching your interests are added.

Job Vacancies

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Graduate and internship recruiters on campus today

Students attending a Management and Finance Careers Fair (15 October 2013)

Don’t miss a great opportunity to meet and chat with employers at our All Sectors Fair today (Thursday 20 October). Recruiting to a variety of roles for graduate vacancies, internships and insight days.

It takes place in the Physics & Exhibition Centre, 11.00am – 3.00pm and is open to all students of any subject and any year.

If you need some tips on how to prepare, see our information sheet about recruitment fairs.

STEM students. Don’t miss this!

1fair-web-banners Studying a science, engineering, maths or technology subject? Interested in meeting employers with graduate and internship opportunities who want to recruit you? Then don’t miss the STEM Fair on Wednesday 19 October, 11.00am – 3.00pm in the Physics & Exhibition Centre.

Check out the organisations who’ll be on campus that day – they’re all listed (with links) on the fair’s web page. By doing your homework before coming along to the fair, you’ll be ready to impress your potential future employer with lots of interesting and intelligent questions.

For help with how to prepare for the fair, see our information sheet or read our blog from the previous fairs.

Nissan Plant Visit Exclusively for York Students Wednesday 26th October 12-6pm (Transport provided)

 Exclusive trip to Sunderland to visit the Nissan plant for York students
Wednesday 26th October 12 – 6.00pm
(Transport from campus included – applications close 20 October)
What is it?
Careers is organising a unique plant visit to Nissan in Sunderland exclusively for 20 York students to learn more about the company, its operations, values and programmes first hand.  This is an exclusive opportunity for our students and it is free to take part.
You will get a tour of their factory and hear more about the company directly from their recruitment team and other Nissan employees.   This is a great opportunity to enhance your CV and will strengthen your application to Nissan’s placement or graduate schemes.
What’s in it for you?
Regardless of your degree subject, if you are dedicated and driven, then a global career at Nissan could be for you.
Nissan Sunderland offers a range of year placements for students interested in a Year In Industry degree and a range of graduate roles which all give you real, hands-on experience, working on multi-million pound projects with colleagues, partners and suppliers from all over the world. Nissan will help you develop your technical, behavioural and core capabilities to turn you into a true leader of the future and develop your career within Nissan.
By taking just 5 minutes to complete the short application form on the Careers Gateway  you could be selected to take part in this visit and gain an exclusive insight into the company, pick up some great inside information to make you stand out on your application form and in your interview and get in front of Nissan recruiters.
You can also ask more questions about the roles available and find out which would be most interesting to you personally to apply to.
This opportunity is much less competitive than most insight schemes with it being open to just York students and it will look great on your CV.
Plus – you get free transport directly from campus and back organised by Careers.
There will then be follow-on Nissan sessions after the visit that you can book on to help you prepare for their assessment centre if you decide to apply for their programmes.
How to Apply
Apply on the Careers Gateway through the Exclusive Opportunities @ York tab. It will take you 5 minutes to complete the form – it’s very basic asking for your motivations for applying for the visit and your current experience both through work and extra curricular activity.
Apply now. Applications close 20th October.
Nissan opportunities 
To view details of Nissan’s graduate and placement programmes, click here.

GUEST BLOG: What soft skills do employers in digital look for?

Thomas O’Rourke is the owner of Decking Hero, an online DIY affiliate website. After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2010, he has accumulated over 6 years of experience in digital marketing, having previously worked as the Head of Account Management for a leading UK digital agency.

It can be tough getting your first gig in digital. Many employers want candidates who already have the skills or experience they’re looking for. However, it’s not impossible to find a job when you might not have any solid experience – most digital agencies recognise that it’s simply not practical to expect every candidate to have a raft of experience.

So what are the main personal qualities that employers look for in graduates?

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GUEST BLOG: Becoming a Social Worker with Frontline

 Guest blog written by Rhiannon Stokes, York graduate, FrontlineUoY Careers Ladder illy 

Rhiannon Stokes studied Applied Social Sciences at the University of York and joined Frontline’s Leadership Development programme as part of the 2015 cohort. Here Rhiannon shares her experience of applying to Frontline, the journey that led her to apply, and how she found the application process.

I was a student at York in James College from 2007-2010, studying Applied Social Sciences (Children & Young People). I chose this course as I had an interest in sociology, and thought that I might want to do social work in the future, but didn’t feel ready to study social work at 19. I loved my degree and its ‘applied’ nature, to me it felt like I was studying things that actually mattered. Wanting to make the most of my spare time at university I completed lots of voluntary work: YSIS, tea & coffee club for the elderly, youth work with York City Council, James College Christian Union and a local housing charity.

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Working in art and law

384872_art_thoughts Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

If you’re passionate about Art and cultural history, becoming a curator is not your only career option! Combining your love of culture with an interest in Law or business could lead to a number of different careers.

Firstly Law, this is a niche area so you can’t train specifically as an “Art Lawyer” in the UK – it’s likely you would specialise in property, intellectual property, copyright or tax law and then work in a law firm which has art-related clients (like museums/galleries/private investors). A starting point for this could be to look at law firms affiliated with the Institute for Art and Law

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