Insider Intern: Jasmine Pledger, Careers Brand Ambassador


“This week on ‘Insider Intern’, I gave the Career Brand Ambassador Jasmine Pledger the task of writing a little bit about herself. Part of my role involves managing our ambassadors, setting them tasks and brainstorming marketing ideas with them. Take a look at Jasmine’s view on the role and her background…” – Hattie Patten-Chatfield

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I’m Jasmine one of three Careers Brand Ambassadors and I’m in my third year (terrifying that I’m almost a complete adult now…) studying law. It’s quite nerve-wracking thinking what lies ahead but hopefully some of the things I have been involved with at University has equipped me for the job market.

I’m part of Langwith College and helped run the Mentoring Scheme to help first years transition into University life. I’ve been a Student Ambassador since my first year working on open days with prospective students and working on residential programmes for students considering higher education. My main passion is volunteering, and I was elected as YUSU’s Volunteering Officer in Spring Term. In my role as Volunteering Officer, I am involved in assisting the 16 student-run volunteering projects, working with students to see what volunteering opportunities they want to get involved with and creating and planning volunteering events so students can volunteer and help in their local community. In my role as volunteering officer I have had various meetings with Careers and Placements to discuss their different volunteering programmes and through this I was able to learn more about all the services they offered, as I had only previously engaged with my department employability tutor.

Since then, I have learnt more about Careers and Placements and used Careers Gateway and found the Careers Brand Ambassador position. My role started in Autumn Term and I have been involved in a variety of tasks over the past 7 weeks. It has varied from helping out at the annual careers fairs, collecting statistics on attendance to the fairs and marketing events and motivational quotes for Careers and Placements to display on Social Media. The role is all about getting the word out on what Careers and Placements can do for students, from networking events to CV workshops. It has been really diverse so far and has been great to be involved and have my ideas actually being taken on board rather than being disregarded. It’s flexible and just a few hours a week that fit around my timetable, it is always exciting to go into work which is not said very often and we are paid for the work we do which is a bonus as a student!

I hope you found it interesting to hear about working as a Careers Ambassador. If you’re interested in this role and think you would be a good fit, keep an eye on our social media accounts for vacancies in the Spring Term!

 

 

 

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The Insider Intern: Hattie Patten-Chatfield


The Face behind the Facebook : An Introduction 

Hattie Patten-Chatfield

A classic B&W filter, to hide the hair-dye malfunction I suffered for Halloween. Don’t ask.

The brilliant thing about working at Careers and Placements is that I don’t feel like the ‘intern’ or the ‘temporary’…

Graduating from the Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance course here at York in July 2017 was an extremely daunting and nerve-wracking moment.

My world of routine, society socials and friends being only a stone’s throw away was suddenly taken away from me and I was plummeted into the dark depths of graduate unemployment. (It wasn’t as bad as that, but more on that later…)

I was lucky enough to notice, apply for and then be offered a year-long internship at Careers and Placements, where my official title is ‘Graduate Intern: Communications and Student Engagement’.

This isn’t the first time I have been an intern, though. In the past I have worked for companies that very much treat you as an ‘intern’ – the person who photocopies, makes tea and coffee, but not much else.

The brilliant thing about working at Careers and Placements is that I don’t feel like the ‘intern’ or the ‘temporary’. I am treated as an official staff member and am trusted and respected, whilst also being given huge responsibilities.

In a nutshell, my role here involves updating and scheduling our social media accounts (do you know we have an Instagram, by the way?), organizing and managing our Career Brand Ambassadors and generally working on ways to gather feedback from students and generating new ways of engaging them. This may sound easy enough, but trust me – it’s not as simple as you may think.

However there is a lot more to my role, and to Careers and Placements, than first meets the eye.

I hope that you will follow me as I begin to use our blog to showcase the life of an intern here at the university, and give you a unique insight into the service and group of people who help you to find employment.

Watch this space for future posts. It was nice meeting you!

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My placement experience


Focusing in on your placement year search, the application process and decisions based around getting a placement alongside your studies can raise lots of questions. We have advice from students who have been where you are now, and have completed their placement year and returned for their final year of study. 

Anya, Physics Student, Student Recruitment Placement at PwC 

I applied for 15 placements and got through to one assessment centre from my applications, PwC! I’m really glad I completed a placement year, I have gained a lot of confidence through the experience and feel more prepared than I expected to move into employment. I threw myself in the deep end and gained fantastic communication and commercial skills. I had constant challenges and a lot of responsibility in my job which I loved, there was never a dull day.

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Graduate scheme or graduate job – or just confused?


We’ve  had a busy few weeks in Careers and Placements running our careers fairs,  and responding to a wide variety of questions.

One thing has stood out – some of you are feeling slightly panicked at the thought of grad scheme applications, and worried about missing out on the opportunities on offer right now or being left behind in the task of securing a graduate position.

If you are interested in a graduate scheme,  a placement or internship with one of the major recruiters, now is the time to be doing your research and making applications. The recruitment process for many large organisations has started, and the earlier you apply the better, for what is often a long recruitment process that runs right through into Spring before job offers are made.  We have lots of help and support available check our website or come and have a talk to find out how we can help.

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GUEST BLOG: Why do you want to work for this company?


 Guest blog written by: Jane Dowson, Student Recruitment Advisor at EY

Why do you want to work for our company?” – What are employers looking for when they ask this question?

It’s a question that you’re going to hear for years to come when you enter the world of employment. “Why do you want to work for our company? It’s also a question that many people find really difficult to answer, but it shouldn’t be. The fact is that employers merely looking for the truth.

Why do we ask these question to begin with?

Simply put, employers get a huge amount of interest for a small amount of roles. Many initial applications are quite clearly copied and pasted and speculatively sent around an array of other organisations too. These are easy to spot and immediately raise concerns that the candidate doesn’t really know, or worse, care what they are actually applying for. Asking the question means we can find out whether you really do want to come and work for us.

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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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CAREERS BLOG EXTRA: A little something for Hallowe’en!


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Professor Ben D Penn (for those who remember him!) and friend get into the Hallowe’en ‘spirit’

Trick or treat?!  

As Hallowe’en’s witching hour approaches, it’s time to gather around the flickering fire and chill your blood with some truly ghastly horror stories, courtesy of our resident ‘ghost writer’!

Our first tale of terror…

You’re on your own. There’s no one around – the house is eerily deserted. The night has fallen and, as the wind whistles down the chimney, you feel the icy hand of fear clutching at your heart. You’re all alone and fearful for your future.

All your friends are busy applying for graduate jobs, but you’ve not even started thinking about life after uni. Argh!

How about another spooky story?

They stare at you with a keenness in their eyes that makes your heart beat faster. The trickle of sweat pricks your forehead and you breathe harder, not knowing what to do or say. You fear them, convinced they’ll pull you apart mercilessly. How can you escape?

The interview panel are asking questions you don’t have the answer to – can you talk about a time when you’ve had to use creative thinking in a problem solving situation? Argh!

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Graduate Survey: why we need your help


If you are a recent graduate we will be contacting you very 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 quick and straightforward.

You will receive an email from us in  November  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 follow up and 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 of course!  You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Our web pages for alumni show you how you can access our services as a graduate.