CAREERS BLOG: Careers fairs – freebies or future job?

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

This week sees two careers fairs on campus, with another to follow next week – great opportunities to meet graduate employers in a (fairly) informal environment.

Students can be lured into the fair and to individual employer stands by the tempting freebies on offer (notebooks, memory sticks, stress balls – you name it and it will have made an appearance at a careers fair).

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Careers events for Week 3

UoY Careers Note & Pen Check out events for the week ahead. More at

Employer presentation/event:

Careers workshop/briefing:

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CAREERS BLOG: Demonstrating commercial awareness

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Commercial awareness is a term many employers use, but what is it and how can you show employers you have it?

Commercial awareness is an understanding of how businesses work and what makes them successful. It’s key to be able to recognise a company’s external context and the pressures and opportunities it faces.

How can you demonstrate commercial awareness in an application or interview? 

  • It’s really important to give an opinion and try to answer commercial awareness questions. Employers would prefer you give an opinion and get it wrong, rather than having no opinions!
  • Take an interest in current affairs and the world around you, so you’ve got a basic understanding of key issues. This will help you if you need to improvise in an interview.
  • When reading news articles try to think about it from a business perspective. Don’t just memorise articles or stats and figures, try to analyse them and consider the implications as if you were already doing that role. Editorials are very useful as they have more analysis.
  • Find stories you are genuinely interested in! You will be able to write/ speak about them with more enthusiasm, which is something employers will be looking for.
  • Sign up to email alerts from the FT (or other business publications), reading it regularly so you’re familiar with business news items and follow up any stories of particular interest.
  • Develop your understanding of commercial terms, use if you don’t know what a word means. This really helps build confidence and is very useful at interviews and case study exercises.

Example commercial awareness questions:

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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy External events and news you might be interested in.

UCAS Teacher Training

External career fairs

Other external events

  • Insight Night event with KPMG, hosted by the Entrepreneur Society on Mon 19 Oct, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at The Grand York Hotel. Register to attend at York Insight Night or see more details on the designated Facebook page.
  • Getting Investment Banking – opening up opportunitie for students with disabilities and health conditions. This event is hosted by USB at their London offices on Tues 20 Oct. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Experience Japan Exhibition – Saturday 14 November 2015, Royal Society London for opportunities to study and work in Japan.

Careers latest news – Week 2

UoY Careers Lightbulb illy Latest news from Careers.

Volunteering opportunities:

York Students in Schools are offering  the chance to be involved with some great School Projects.

Working alongside York-based employers (Northern Rail, York Marriott Hotel, York Designer Outlet, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Aviva and Hiscox), you’ll help inspire children and young people.

Check out the YSIS project briefs and be sure to apply by Weds of Week 3.

Employer Insight Days

If you’re in your First Year and already want to explore graduate companies, have a look at our  Insight Programmes resource. This brings together information about some of the employers offering Freshers the chance to visit companies and see how they work.

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中国留学生: 毕业之后回国找工作 – 来自于Careers Service的帮助

你知道Careers Service官网有很多帮助中国留学生回国找工作的资源么?如果不知道的话, 让我们一起去看看里面都包含一些什么吧

为了找到相关的页面, 首先, 你需要登陆到Careers的官网,然后,点击 International students,点击进去,你就可以找到很多关于国际学生找工作的有用资源。这个页面可以带 你进入到International Students的页面,然后你点击Returning Home。在页面的右侧,有 Focus on China的信息,这个是专门针对中国留学生的。点击那个链接,你就可以找到你需 要的页面啦!

这个页面包含了很多有用的资源比如一些链接和社交资源。例如,在Researching部分,你 可以找到一些有用的指导书籍, 里面介绍了中国就业情形和提供了一些找工作的建议,所 以,在申请工作之前,你需要做一些这方面的研究工作,帮助你更好的找到工作

除此之外,有一些找工作的网站链接也是很有用的。你们应该都很熟悉一些网站比如 和 这些网站上面包含了很多招聘信息,所以你可以去这 些网站找到你需要的信息。除此之外,你可能会认为在英国读书和在国内的大学读书相比 较而言,缺乏了一些社交资源,而这些社交资源恰好在你找工作的时候是十分重要的。 在 中国,大公司一般都有正规的录取流程,但是一些中小企业主要通过社交渠道去招聘人才 但是,你不需要担心你会缺少类似的社交资源,因为即使你在英国读书,你也可以接触到 中国的就业信息,比如通过Chopsticks Club – 这是一个以英国为基础的,囊括中国和英国就 业信息的网站 相信你可以在上面找到有用的信息。

最重要的是,你可以使用 York Profile database 和约克大学的校友建立联系,询问他们关于 找工作的信息和技巧。你可以通过查看他们的简历,去了解中国的就业市场和学习找工作 的技巧 并且 他们当中的有些人还会提供联系方式,这样的话,你就可以通过他们的联系 方式,私信给他们,去问一些你不懂的问题。

以上的这些仅仅是一个关于怎么搜索就业信息的简单介绍, 更多有用的资源还需要你去发掘 和学习,快快行动起来,去发现有用的资源吧 祝你好运!如果你有任何问题或者建议,欢 迎发邮件到 告诉我们哦!(in English please!)

CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 2 – Literary Agent)

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Next in our series covering careers in writing, we look at the work of a Literary Agent.

What do they do? 

A few things:

  • Discover new authors.
  • Provide editorial feedback and help authors to polish their work before submitting to publishers.
  • Pitch books to publishers, negotiate fees, process all the legal work.
  • Provide on-going support to authors and act as the liaison between author and publisher. 

Who would you work for? 

A literary agency, rather than a publishing firm.


Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

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