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By Stephen Furlong, Careers Information Officer Searching for your first graduate job can be stressful, but there are things you can do to make the process a little easier. Find the right job sites It helps to know where to look. Job sites like Indeed can be great because they list so many vacancies – … Continue reading Finding Graduate Jobs
Careers blog by Tricia Raxworthy, Information and Engagement Officer As you approach the end of term, and for some the end of your time as a University of York student, we hope you’re looking forward to the summer vacation and your plans for what you’ll be doing next. But before you head to the beach, … Continue reading First years to final years – time to look back
Guest blog by York graduate, Dan Weston, Senior Consultant at TRM Recruitment Are you coming towards the end of your time at the University of York? Have you got that sinking feeling that you have enjoyed your course, but you just don’t know what to do next? That was me back in 2014, exactly like … Continue reading How to find a Career outside of your field of Study
At the moment, we're busily preparing for York Strengths development days. This is a programme you're invited to take part in during your first year to help you discover what your personal strengths are. We talk a lot about strengths, but below Lauren Salter, a Graduate and Early Talent Manager from Reed, explains why understanding … Continue reading Strengths – what are they and why do they matter?
By Stephen Furlong, Information Officer There’s never been a better time to be looking for a job or work experience in the creative sector in Yorkshire. Traditionally, graduates wanting to work in creative industries like film and TV, communications, arts and culture, and software and game design, have looked to London to find work. But … Continue reading Working in the cultural sector in Yorkshire
Today’s episode of What Do You Actually Do!? will be focusing on doing an internship with the Student Internship Bureau. We’re talking to Oscar Bentley, who did an internship with the Department of Estates and Campus Services at the University. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Nu1Rm9oi5s1eXTueCGM3R Subscribe on your favourite platform now. Transcript Hello and welcome to this episode of … Continue reading What do you actually do?! Episode 10: Oscar Bentley, Sustainability Programme Internship
Do you: want to use your summer vacation to get some top-notch work experience? fancy making a difference to an organisation you work for?want to experience working in a particular sector or role? need something tangible for your CV?want to stay in the York area over summer? If it’s ‘yes’ to any or all of … Continue reading Get ready to grab an internship!
Procrastination. Even seasoned professionals aren’t immune to it. I say this with certainty, as I’ve just spent the last five minutes trying to repair a cafetière in the staff kitchen, putting off returning to my desk to write this blog. Whether it’s in a work or study situation, most people will procrastinate – it’s a … Continue reading Putting off thinking about your future? How not to procrastinate
It’s One Planet Week and there have been lots of events running this week on maintaining a more sustainable lifestyle. This got us thinking about what research you can do to find out how important ethical and sustainable practices are to companies you might be considering working for. How important is it to you that … Continue reading Considering a Company’s Values
Social media – great fun, isn’t it? Keeps you in touch with friends and lets you share your experiences (partying, travelling, trying new things) and thoughts (what you really think of the latest Celebrity Big Brother…). Your use of social media gives an impression of who you are, but don’t forget employers use it too … Continue reading To tweet or not to tweet. Managing your online presence
There’s some great help and advice on preparing for, and attending, job interviews in our info sheet. It includes thinking about how you’ll answer interview questions using the CAR or STAR technique. Use whichever you find easier to remember, to help structure your reply. Answering the question CAR stands for Context, Action, Result. STAR stands … Continue reading “Tell me about yourself” Cracking the interview
Naturally, you’re keen to land that first job, so it’s tempting to send off lots of applications to ensure major coverage. It’s quite quick to write an application and then copy and paste with a few changes, where needed. However, it’s more effective to spend the time on a few high quality, well-tailored, applications than … Continue reading Hire me! The art of drafting job applications
Hints and ideas on exploring your career options.
Now graduation is over you may have turned your attention to the little matter of job hunting. Here are some handy tips on getting started.
By Charlotte Wainwright, Volunteering Project Officer When you get to university, it can be easy to become bogged down in your studies. On these dreary January days, it can often feel as though your only glimpse of daylight is in the time you spend moving between your lecture theatre and your favourite spot in the … Continue reading 5 Reasons to volunteer this term
If you’re going to apply for a graduate scheme, you’re likely to encounter an assessment centre at some point along the way. The very idea of an assessment centre can be hugely intimidating and scary but by understanding what you can expect and why they’re used, it can help to remove some of the fear … Continue reading What to expect at an Assessment Centre
Here are 5 ways you can use Careers and Placements this term to support you whether you're not sure where to start, you want to find out more or you're in the midst of applications. Use our events to explore options and do some researchOur careers events are designed to give you an insight into … Continue reading 5 ways we can support you this term
Every week we'll be releasing a new episode with guests from a variety of jobs and sectors to help give you an insight into, well, what they actually do for a career.
Brand Ambassador Lindsay shares her Christmas wish list for upcoming interviews.
You may remember, we spent the first half of term encouraging you to get involved with all sorts of activities from work experience to volunteering, student societies to attending careers fairs. Hopefully, you did do one or two things - but there’s no point in just doing! We suggested trying things out so you could … Continue reading Time to take stock
Creating business ideas is exciting. Narrowing your ideas into one cohesive busines plan is a challenge. Co-founder of LovetheSales.com, Stuart Mclure, gives you 5 techniques to help you to refine your business idea.
Over 2,000 students visited our fairs in weeks 2 and 4 this term – and we asked them what they thought.
Its not all grad schemes for big companies. Start-ups and SMEs can be a great place to start your career. Read this guest blog from TalentPool to find out why.
What happens if you're not interested in working for a large corporate or grad scheme? What alternative careers are out there?
Every year we help hundreds of students to volunteer in local schools through the York Students in Schools Programme. We've been asking some of our current and former volunteers what their experience was like, so if you've been considering volunteering in a local school, read on to find out what it's really like. There's still … Continue reading An insight into the York Students in Schools Programme
Students sometimes wish they’d done a bit more research before studying or working in another country – and we have a great online resource to help you do just that! How do you know about… Business practice and workplace etiquette? Suitable gifts when visiting someone – and which flowers can cause offence? Bargaining when … Continue reading Going abroad? Check out GoinGlobal!
Read Oli's top tips on your York Award Application and why you should do it in the first place
So you might have heard people talk about doing a ‘Year In Industry’ or a ‘Placement Year’ and wonder what it’s all about? There are 8 departments here at York who have a Year In Industry programme. They are the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Electronic Engineering, Environment and Geography, Mathematics, Politics and The York … Continue reading Spotlight on Placement Years
Guest blog written by Jessica Ching, Digital Content and Marketing Executive at graduate recruitment experts, Give a Grad a Go It can often feel like employers are looking for a very specific person in terms of qualifications and work experience – but in reality, there are a number of other things that employers look for in … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: The Recruitment Wish List – what skills do employers look for?
So, the next few weeks see the career fairs making their appearance this Autumn. Which means lots of employers on campus, showcasing their graduate jobs, placement year offerings and internship opportunities. Obviously a recruitment fair is not the only way to find work - you can search for vacancies online or even have them sent … Continue reading Careers fairs – what are the benefits?
We’re not just Careers and Placements, we’re also Volunteering, the Student Internship Bureau, Enterprise and we run the York Strengths and York Award programmes We’re here for everyone. You don't have to be in a particular year of your degree. We're here for all York students and are happy to see you whatever career path … Continue reading 10 things you need to know about Careers and Placements
Lindsay Christison, a 2nd year Politics student reveals how her summer internship has helped shape her future career plan.
This post was originally published a few years ago - but the advice from our Chinese graduates is still good if you're thinking about your return to China: Seven million new graduates will enter the job market in China this year. If you are a Chinese student at York you might already be thinking about … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Chinese students: Advice from graduates in China
Taking time out before, after or during your degree can be greatly beneficial in your personal development. Here are our top picks of the benefits of taking time out.
Today’s episode of What Do You Actually Do!? will be focusing on grad schemes. We interviewed Sarah Dagnell, a professional development leader for STEM Learning Centre. Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/09FCfrDxJQbAIAc7hMUJ6R About Sarah Useful links For more information on working for STEM and non-teaching education roles see: Education sector: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/teacher-training-and-education/jobs-in-education Training and development roles: … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 14: Sarah Dagnell, Professional Development Leader
Today’s episode of What Do You Actually Do!? will be focusing on grad schemes. We interviewed Management graduate Lewis McDowell, who now works at L'Oreal. Subscribe on your favourite platform now. https://open.spotify.com/episode/52yphfEVLnyQpvgTMMH6fD About Lewis Useful links For more information on working in Marketing: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/work-volunteering-careers/ideas/sectors/advertising/https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/marketing-advertising-and-prhttps://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/marketing-advertising-and-pr For more information about L’Oreal and their insight days, internships and graduate … Continue reading What do you actually do!? Episode 13: Lewis McDowell, Graduate Scheme at L’Oreal