Careers Newsletter – Weeks 1 and 2

Read all the latest news from Careers in our first newsletter of Spring Term:

  1. York Award application deadline
  2. Change to appointment booking system
  3. Focus on Skills
  4. Assessment centre Activity day
  5. Working in Education and with Young People event
  6. Boost your career in 2013
  7. Careers events in weeks 1 and 2
  8. Have you thought about volunteering?
  9. Interested in teaching?
  10. Learn more about the educational system – YSIS Plus returns!
  11. Congratulations to our Enterprise Team
  12. International students – could you help fellow international students?
  13. Increase the visibility of York students with employers
  14. Caught our eye this week
  15. Further information about Careers

 

1. York Award application deadline – 25 January 5pm

It’s submission day on Friday 25 January for finalists applying for the York Award. The deadline is 5pm sharp. Based on experience from previous years the printers on campus are very busy that afternoon so our advice would be not to wait until the last moment – you can submit before the 25th! If you need to talk to anyone about the York Award you can make an appointment via the Interactive Careers Service (bookable up to 7 days in advance) or drop into Careers between 1pm – 2.30pm Monday – Friday to sign up at the desk. Check out our events pages for details of “Applying for the York Award” information sessions (www.york.ac.uk/careers/events) You can find lots more information about the York Award assessment process at: www.york.ac.uk/careers/yorkaward

2. Change to appointment booking system – booking in advance

When we ask you for feedback, one of the issues that is raised is about booking appointments and that you can only book on the day you want to see an Adviser. In response to student requests, we will be trialling advance booking of careers appointments and CV/application review appointments during the Spring Term.

You will be able to book from 8am for the current day and the following day. For example, appointments will be bookable from 8am on Monday for both Monday and Tuesday. York Award appointments will continue to be bookable up to 7 days in advance and information appointments will continue to be bookable at the Information Desk on the day you wish to see one of the Information Team.

For full details about the different appointments we offer and how to book, visit www.york.ac.uk/careers/options (and click on Discuss your options).

3. Focus on Skills

Look out for our skills campaign which will run between weeks 2 and 5, when we will be helping you to understand why skills development is important and how you can do it. See our website for details of events, opportunities and useful hints and tips. www.york.ac.uk/careers/events

4. Assessment Centre Activity Day – 16 January

It’s that time of year when graduate employers are running assessment centres as part of their recruitment for Summer 2013. If you are invited to an assessment centre, preparation is vital and we can help! On 16th January we are running an Assessment Centre Activity Day where you can get top tips from recruiters, a chance to try out some taster assessment centre sessions and then hone your networking skills talking to a number of Times Top 100 employers! More details of the event will be available on our events page soon www.york.ac.uk/careers/events

Find out more about all things assessment centre related at www.york.ac.uk/careers/applications, where you can download our information sheets on “Preparing for an Assessment Centre” and “How to Practice Aptitude Tests” for lots of useful tips.

5. Working in Education and with Young People event

Monday 21 January, 17:15 – 19:15, P/T/005

Are you considering a career working with children and young people? Are you interested in teaching or other opportunities outside the classroom? This event will give you the opportunity to talk to training providers and people working in a range of roles such as teaching, educational research, TEFL, museums education, theatre in education, voluntary organisations, children and families’ support and more. You will also be able to find out about ways to gain relevant work experience through volunteering and York Students in Schools (YSIS). A full list of participants will be available on our website shortly www.york.ac.uk/careers/events

6. Boost your career in 2013

Have you discussed your Employability Plan with your supervisor? This will help you to review your career progress, access any support you need, and may help your department when writing your reference. Your department may run an Enhancing your Employability session – look out for it, especially if this is your first year at York. It explains why employability is important, and how you can develop your employability while at York. Find out what to do this year with the Employability Tutorial.

7. Careers events in Weeks 1 and 2

Further details about all events can be found on our Interactive Careers Service

Week 1

  • Tues, 17:15: Applying for the York Award (V/123) For finalists, an explanation of the assessment process for the York Award.
  • Wed: Non UK students – get your National Insurance Number. (Book an appointment time)

Week 2

  • Tues, 14:15: Effective job application forms (ATB/057)
  • Tues, 17:15: Applying for the York Award (V/123)
  • Wed, 13:15: Assessment Centre Activity Day
  • Wed, 16:15: Introduction to York Students in Schools (D/L/036)
  • Thurs, 12:15: How to get a part time job (AEW/104)

8. Have you thought about volunteering?

York Students in Communities offers a range of team projects and individual opportunities with organisations across York throughout the year. Opportunities will be advertised later on in the term, so keep updated by liking our Facebook page ‘York Students in Communities’ or visit our web pages: www.york.ac.uk/careers/communities for the latest updates. Not sure if volunteering is for you? Read about students’experiences in the ‘What students say’ tab on the website.

9. Interested in teaching?

…or do you just want to gain some experience working with children and young people? Then a YSIS placement is for you! York Students in Schools (YSIS) offers students the chance to volunteer as student tutors in local schools. YSIS runs “Introduction to YSIS” sessions giving you to the opportunity to find out more about the scheme during Weeks 2 and 3. Find us on Facebook and visit our website (www.york.ac.uk/careers/ysis) for up to date information.

10. Learn more about the educational system – YSIS Plus returns!

Are you interested in working in the education sector or becoming a teacher? YSIS Plus workshops are run by education experts and aim to enhance educational knowledge and complement in-school activity. YSIS Plus is relevant to anyone interested in the education sector, looking to further develop knowledge and skills, or considering teaching as a career. YSIS Plus will run from Week 3, and to see the full schedule of workshops visit www.york.ac.uk/careers/ysis and look under the “Progression Opportunities” tab.

11. Congratulations to our Enterprise Team

Activities put on by Careers and York Entrepreneurs Society have recently been awarded the status of ‘High Impact’ events by Global Entrepreneurship Week. The sessions included Business Across Borders, which enabled students to develop their commercial nous by tackling a business problem. They then presented their strategy to a successful New York based alumnus in an interactive Skype session. Also recognised was “Coffee with an Entrepreneur”, which is a chance for students to chat informally with a range of entrepreneurs every fortnight in the Student Enterprise Space (RCH/133). For details of further events, make sure you like the Enterprise Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UniversityofYorkEnterprise

12. International students – could you help fellow international students?

We are currently looking for international students who have been involved in any of the activities below to write some short case studies for our updated web pages. This is a great way for you to share your experiences with others, give advice based on your experience and help other international students see how they can get involved in the wide range of activities available to students.

Part time work/vacation work in the UK

Internships

Voluntary work in York

If you would like to find out more about taking part, please email your name and what activity you’ve been involved in to careers@york.ac.uk

13. Increase the visibility of York students with employers

The WetFeet Career Benchmark Survey: This is used by employers to design their recruiting strategies and select key universities for recruitment. Your participation helps to increase the visibility and marketability of University of York students to employers. Take the survey now http://unisurv.co/UK2013

14. Caught our eye this week …..

Websites and articles that have caught our eye recently include:

Grant Thornton trainee blog: http://traineeblog.grant-thornton.co.uk/

Student Ladder: helpfully breaks down work experience/internship opportunities by year of study plus gives links to grad schemes by sector: www.studentladder.co.uk

Grad Diary: Want to know what recruitment deadlines are coming up? www.graddiary.com

Vast range of useful videos on career related topics: www.careerplayer.com/

 15. Further information about Careers