I keep hearing about this York Award, but what is it?


York Award. You probably feel like you’re seeing or hearing about this every way you turn. It’s true, but there’s a good reason why we bang on about it so much!

Most students from their first year at University do lots of things besides their academic studies and these can be useful opportunities to develop skills which employers value.  It’s these activities that can be used in a York Award application from.

Why bother?

  • The York Award is an official University award
  • It shows you’re a proactive individual, who’s up for a challenge
  • You could win a place on the new York Futures scheme’s personal development day
  • There’s a chance to apply for an Achieving Excellence Bursary of £2,100
  • Employers are interested in the York Award and what it says about you
  • You can help your college win the  York Award Trophy for the college with the most applicants

The simple application form asks you to give personal evidence of the following skills and qualities.

  • Self-managements
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Contributing to the university community
  • Employer engagement
  • Problem solving

In the second part of the form you can choose two additional skills to demonstrate from your experience. These are:

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Guest blog: How to kick-start a career in project management


Guest blog written by Simon Buehring, founder and CEO of Knowledge Train

Project management takes place in every sector and industry. Projects make change, positivity and growth happen.

Because of the essential nature of projects, project managers will always be in demand. And because every industry employs them, this makes a career in project management open to all graduates.

Read on to discover more about the career and how you can enter the field.

What does a project manager do?

Project managers are responsible for the daily running of projects. They are strong leaders, driven to get results and able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people. They have an eye for spotting risks and solving problems.

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Do you know what you’re doing this summer?


Okay, so ideally you’d like to have a holiday at some point in the summer vacation and rightly so. What with a full academic year of assignments, essays, tutorials, lectures and exams – you’ve earned the break.

However, with 13 weeks of vacation, it’s also an ideal time to get some work experience in whatever shape that comes. Work experience can give you:

  • An insight into a particular type of work or sector
  • Extra cash (yes, lots of internships and summer jobs are paid)
  • Skills and experience to add to your CV and to use in future applications.

Lots of graduate recruiters offer summer internships of anything up to 3 months and these, more formal, structured schemes, are important in gaining experience and understanding of a large company. Some employers also use them as way of recruiting to their graduate programmes, so that’s why you’ll hear a lot about this type of work experience.

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Graduate Survey: why we need your help


If you are a graduate we will be contacting you soon to find out what you are doing. Here’s why.

Every year we contact graduates six months after graduation as part of a national survey to find out what you are doing after leaving York.  We are required to carry out this survey – the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) – annually.

How does it work?

It’s all really straightforward.  You will receive an email from us in  April 2017  with a request to complete an online survey to tell us what you will be doing (for work or further study) on a specific date. Because we are required to carry out this survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), if we don’t receive your completed survey online we will contact you by phone. Read more about how the collection process works.  It really helps to speed up the process if you can complete the online survey.

What do you do with my information?

Firstly and most importantly the information is never published in a way that makes it possible to identify  any individual. We may use it to illustrate in general terms what our graduates go on to do, which sectors they work in, salaries etc.   It can be helpful to current and prospective York students to understand what a degree from York can lead to when they are considering a choice of University and course.

Nationally information is used by HESA to produce statistics, to understand what is happening in the national graduate labour market  and to contribute data to league tables.

We really appreciate your time in helping us collect this information.

I’m happy to help – but can you still help me with my career plans?  

Yes!  You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Get in touch to find out more.

GUEST BLOG: Teaching English as a foreign language


Guest blog written by Evonne Young, Web Education.

Keep your options open, think outside the box and try another way of exploring the other part of the world.

Asia is the oldest continent and China is one the oldest countries in the world. With 5,000 years of history, Chinese culture is never the same with other parts of the world and heavily influences many of the other Asian countries. It is one of the must visit countries and it is definitely one of the safest countries if working/living overseas ever comes across your mind. However, English does not work that well in China, which becomes one of the major concerns that stop western people from exploring.

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GUEST BLOG: 6 ways to develop commercial awareness at university


 Guest blog written by Liz Bland, Careers Consultant at Aston University and was originally published in MyPlus Students’ Club. Read the careers blog for more advice about applications and disability.

Are you commercially aware? Many employers include commercial awareness as a key requirement when advertising their graduate vacancies. In fact, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported in the AGR 2016 Development Survey that nearly 80% of their members were seeking this employability skill. But what does it mean and how can you develop commercial awareness while you’re at university?

Commercial awareness defined

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines commercial awareness as, “knowledge of how businesses make money, what customers want, and what problems there are in particular areas of business”.

People who are commercially aware can look at situations from a business perspective and appreciate concepts such as profit, income generation and cost reduction. On a broader scale, they also have an awareness of the job they are applying for and the wider sector within which the company operates, key competitors and current market trends.

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GUEST BLOG: York Award for 1st years


 Guest blog written by Jessica Chatburn, Second Year Archaeology & Heritage student

University is so much than going to classes and getting a degree. It is about developing who you are as a person, experiencing new things, and challenging yourself beyond that of your degree. Not only will you have tonnes of fun doing extra things like joining a society or evening running one, but it will look great on your CV’s to employers and you can even earn an award for it!

The York Award is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your university experience and get recognition for your hard work which is a super self-proud moment. My experience of applying and filling out the York award applications was definitely positive. The form is easy and simple to fill out and doesn’t take up a lot of time. The ability to save and edit the form any time before the deadline was handy as it allows you to complete it in stages and even edit and improve the form if things pop into mind or you gain a better skill example.

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