Chinese recruitment fair

The British Council will run a UK Alumni Recruitment Fair and a series of career development workshops in China from 21 to 29 March 2015. This year we are working in partnership with to invite well-known businesses to take part in the event.

This is a chance for Chinese students to gain a better understanding of the job market in China, explore job opportunities, and seek guidance on their long-term career ambitions. Participants will also have opportunities to talk directly with business representatives who will be on site to offer career development advice and information on job opportunities with their companies.

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Ask Countryside Jobs Service

UoY Careers illustrations-79You’re thinking of a career in the countryside. But do you have questions?

CJS has been advertising countryside, conservation and wildlife type posts since 1994 – and helping people just like you all that time. There’s lots of information online but sometimes it’s easier simply to ask! We understand, so ask us and if we don’t know the answers we’ll probably know someone who does.

  • Email us your questions to:
  • Or from today you can tweet us your questions using the hash tag #askCJS
  • message us @CountrysideJobs
  • or we’re on Facebook for your messages to

GUEST BLOG: An introduction to SMEs…

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Rachel Donallon, User Community Manager, TalentPool

So first off, what does this oft used acronym mean? SME stands for ‘small or medium-sized enterprises’. But what counts as an SME? Here are a few you may have heard of; Seatwave, MatchPint, Pheonix Capital. Over at TalentPool we work with a broad range of SMEs such as GoCardless, AlphaSights and Jukedeck.

There has been a recent increase in both students and graduates wanting to gain experience or jobs at SMEs and start-ups. This is largely because working at a smaller company is a unique experience that exposes you to most of the main business processes; be that marketing, working with clients, developing long term business strategy, contributing to the development of a new pricing model, streamlining certain processes. From my experience you have the opportunity to have your opinion counted on any discussion topic that arises, be it creative, strategic or technical. In addition to this you also have the autonomy to grow your own role and responsibility within the business. To that end, you must be driven, happy directing your own work schedule and content, and effective at prioritizing. However this combination of elements makes for a very exciting job where no two days are the same.

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A brand new scientific publication is due to be produced within the University.

Used as a platform for students to publish their own work, this is a great opportunity to develop and practise important professional skills. It will also promote the work of the Scientific departments at York.

To get the publication started organisers are holding a start-up meeting to arrange the various components required – setting the mission brief to the content of the publication.

  • Come along to the meeting on Wednesday 11 March, 4pm at W/222.

USA Grad School Day

  • Date: 10 March (6pm – 9pm)
  • Venue: American School, 1 Waverly Place, London
  • Cost: £10 per person

USA Grad School Day workshop provides students with an insider’s view of how to successfully navigate the US postgraduate admissions process. Fulbright advisors and experts in the field will cover a variety of topics: choosing the right programme, admissions exams, the application components and funding opportunities, including the Fulbright Awards for 2015-16. This annual event should not be missed by anyone considering postgraduate study in the US!

This event is sponsored by the University of South Florida and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and kindly hosted by the American School in London.

  • Registration: Register Now (Last year’s event sold out!)
  • Unable to attend? Watch our postgraduate study in the US webinar.

Invitation: Careers in Europe Event, University of Edinburgh, 11 March 2015

Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2015 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Venue: David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre C, George Square, Edinburgh

Looking for an International Career in a fast-moving multi-cultural environment? Come to the European Union Careers Event on 11 March and hear about the breadth of careers open to graduates at European Union Institutions. Not only for aspiring policy officers, there are career paths for scientists, economists and communication officers. We are always looking for people who are ready to face challenges and make a difference for Europe.

The European Union Institutions offer an international career to ambitious and capable people. When you join us, you take the first step in a long-term career that could take you anywhere you want to go. Based in the heart of Europe, you will enjoy a fast-moving international environment and real responsibility from your first day. We’re here to serve 500 million people in 28 member states, so you can expect exceptional scope and scale – and the chance to make a real and lasting difference.


  • Video Introduction by David Bearfield, Director of HR, EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office)
  • EU Careers Presentation, what opportunities are available in the EU and how to apply. Presentation by Delyth Evans - Press and Communications Officer, EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office).
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office presentation, work of the FCO EU Staffing Unit and applying to the European Fast Stream. Presentation by Charlotte SandersonSenior EU Staffing Officer, FCO
  • Question & Answer with the speakers.
  • Skills Session – Helping you prepare for the EPSO Computer Based Tests & Assessment centre. Delivered by the EU Careers Ambassadors Skills Session.

Book your place now.

GUEST BLOG: Journalism is changing

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by James Toney of News Associates

Journalism is changing.

In the 1980s people used to talk about alternative comedy. They don’t talk about alternative comedy any more, it’s just comedy.

In the same way, the demarcation lines between the traditional media and those pesky internet upstarts, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed or Vice, are gone too.

There isn’t social media or print media or broadcast media, there is just media. And while everyone with a smartphone and a Twitter account can be a citizen reporter, an insatiable thirst for content demands trained professionals sort and collate the news from the noise of the world wide web. Continue reading