“Can I book a Careers appointment?” – getting help from Careers

There are lots of ways you can get help from Careers, and we have appointments available most days. However it’s not always necessary to book an appointment – depending on your  situation you may be able to talk to a member of the information team first to help you get started, and then follow this up with an appointment with an adviser once you’ve had a chance to do some research or information gathering.

Here is a run down on the types of appointments we offer and how you can get the help you need…

Information drop-in: The information team run a drop-in session each afternoon between 1.00pm and 3.30pm – you don’t need to book in advance just turn up to Careers and put your name on the list at the Information Desk and you will be seen asap.  These appointments last 15 minutes and although information staff won’t give you specific advice about your career decisions, they can make sure you have all the information you need in order to take the next step.  The information team can also answer questions and help you find information about:

  • the York Award – including the assessment process and points allocation
  • taking your first steps in thinking about the future
  • networking
  • graduate job search
  • internships and work experience
  • finding part time and vacation work
  • finding work abroad
  • postgraduate study
  • assistance with searching the Interactive Careers Service if you are having issues
  • BR1 applications for Romanian and Bulgarian students
  • using our information resources to make good quality applications/prepare for interviews
  • preparing for a recruitment fair.

CV/Application appointments: These 15 minute appointments are available to review your CV and application forms. They usually run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and are bookable through the Interactive Careers Service up to a day in advance (Monday to Friday). The booking system goes live at 8.00am.  You should bring a printed copy of your application or CV with you and a copy of the job advert/person specification if you are applying for a specific role.   The adviser will advise you on the content, structure and format of your application, and although they will highlight errors they will  not proofread it. You can also use these appointments to get feedback on personal statements for postgraduate study.

Careers Advice appointments: These 20 minute appointments are available most days and are bookable through the Interactive Careers Service up to 24 hours in advance (Monday – Friday). The booking system opens at 8.00am.  Careers advisers can:

  • support with decision making about your future
  • help you to consider your next steps, whatever stage of university life you are at
  • give you advice on developing relevant skills and experience for the career you want
  • help you to prepare for interviews and assessment centres
  • help you to market the skills and experience you have to employers.

Depending on what you want to discuss with an adviser you may find you get more out of a careers appointment if you do some preparation beforehand – if you need any initial help call in to talk to a member of the information team.