Careers News: Final Countdown for finalists, win £2,000, learn how to code, summer opening + lots of events news

Careers Newsletter:  Summer 2013, Weeks 9 and 10

 In this issue:

  1. Final Countdown for graduating students – lots of help available
  2. Win a £2,000 bursary to help pay for your postgraduate course
  3. Learn to code for free – impress employers with a valuable skill
  4. The summer vacation is a great time to think about your future
  5. Top employers on campus – some dates for your diary, Autumn 2013
  6. Careers Events – sessions for final year students, employers on campus, skills sessions
  7. £40,000 of prizes in the EnterprisingU competition – could you win?
  8. Summer opening – reduced hours but we will still be here to help you
  9. Caught our eye – a great way to find thousands of careers resources, and a useful site for international students
  10. Further information about Careers

1. Final Countdown for graduating students

If you have yet to firm up a career plan for when you finish at York, join our New Graduates Facebook group and receive useful information on what steps you can take and the on-going support that is available.

A series of Final Countdown workshops in Weeks 8 -10 will also run to provide guidance, support, options and actions to help you secure your next move. To find out more visit:  It isn’t too late to sort out your plans with a little support!  Make the most of Careers and good luck!

2. Would you like to win £2,000 towards your postgraduate course?

TARGETcourses is giving away five bursaries of £2,000 to help pay your fees for a postgraduate course at a UK university in 2013/14.  All you need to do is register now  with TARGETcourses, and then answer three questions about how postgraduate study will be of benefit to you. Closing date: 30 June 2013. Full details on the website.

3. Learn to code – good for your CV, free, and fun!

Ever seen a great website and wondered how it’s put together? Or what about an awesome app that you couldn’t live without – how does it work? There’s lots of examples where learning a little code could help you out. Coding is sought after by many employers: learning to code will likely strengthen your CV, and it is free and fun to learn! Also, just like any other extra-curricular activity, you can mention what you have gained through learning to code on your York Award application (apply in your final year) and Employability Plan, part of the Employability Tutorial in the VLE (which your supervisor may use when writing references).

Now you can join a small group of staff and students who really like Codecademy and think that lots more people at York could benefit from giving it a go. We’ve created a Google+ Community for anyone who’s interested to share ideas and get support and a website for Codecademy at York explaining how to get started. Check it out!

4. Think about your career over the summer

Not sure what you want to do after you graduate? Whether you will be graduating this year or not, the summer vacation is a great time to think about your career. The Employability Tutorial in the VLE can help you to do all of the following: make decisions about your career, get relevant experience, find jobs/internships, plan to make applications, and more. Check out the Employability Tutorial in the VLE. If you are graduating this year, please email us – we can give you access for 6 months after you finish (and most of our services are available after that).  Also don’t forget to sign up to our New Graduates Facebook Group

5. Top employers on campus – autumn recruitment fairs 2013

Around 110 different employers will be on campus in the first few weeks of term for our autumn careers fairs.  Speaking to employers in your chosen sector is a great way to learn about the industry and get a feel for the different organisations and their graduate schemes.  Many of the companies attending the fairs will be offering graduate schemes and summer placements for 2014 – so whether you’re looking for your first graduate job or an internship giving you valuable work experience, the fairs will have something for you.  Details of employers attending will be advertised on our events page.

The dates for your diary are:

6. Events in weeks 9 and 10

  • Where no location is given for an event, please log into the Interactive Careers Service for further information and booking details
  • Further details of all events are available in the Interactive Careers Service
  • Final Countdown events: All students are welcome to attend, but please note that the content of the sessions will focus on undergraduate and postgraduate students about to graduate.
  • Final Countdown: CV and application form basics
    Monday 17 June, 12.15pm – 1.15pm, D/056 (Derwent)
  • Employer event: PwC – Employability and your personal brand
    Monday 17 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • CIMA: What is commercial awareness and its importance to employers?Monday 17 June, 12 noon – 1.00pm
  • Teach First: Think you can manage more than 400 young people a week?Monday 17 June,  1.30pm – 2.30pm
  •  Final Countdown: CV & Application form troubleshooting
    Tuesday 18 June,  1.15pm – 2.45pm, A/EW/105 (Alcuin East Wing)
  • Final Countdown: Interview basics
    Tuesday 18 June,  3.15pm – 4.15pm, A/EW/105 (Alcuin East Wing)
  • ICAEW: Interactive Employability Workshop
    Tuesday 18 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • ICAEW: Business Skills Session
    Tuesday 18 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • A career in Law and the law conversion course – what’s involved
    Tuesday 18 June, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  •  Final Countdown: Interview Troubleshooting
    Wednesday 19 June 2.15pm – 3.45pm, P/L/006 (Physics)
  • Careers in Fundraising
    Friday 21 June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, in Careers building
  • Life Transitions: Fastrack your Career workshop (chargeable workshop)Friday 21 June, 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Final Countdown: Graduating with a 2:2, 3rd or Pass
    Thursday 27 June, 1.15pm – 2.15pm, A/TB/042 (Seebohm Rowntree)
  • Fresh Look Investment Banking event for first year students (off campus event) Thursday 11 July, 5.00pm – 9.00pm, Central London

 7. £40,000 worth of prizes in the EnterprisingU competition

This annual competition, created by Find Invest Grow and sponsored by RBS Group, offers a unique platform for students to ‘road test’ their business ideas. It’s open to any students and graduates of the past five years.

Entries will be reviewed and 20 semi-finalists will be selected to attend training workshops. Of these, up to 10 finalists will be chosen and will attend the final to pitch their business ideas to a room full of investors. Prizes of £25,000, £10,000 and £5,000 are up for grabs.  Find full details at:  Deadline for entries is midnight on 19 July 2013. 

8. Summer Opening

Careers will be open throughout the summer, with slightly reduced opening times: Monday – Thursday, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Times may be subject to change, so please check our website at before visiting.

9. Caught our eye this week

  • Careers Tagged: a simple search to find thousands of resources – careers advice, job sites, working overseas,  and lots more
  • International Futures:  A site to help international students find work in their home country or overseas , with current vacancies

10. Information about Careers: