Careers News: recruitment fairs on campus, get a career mentor, volunteer in local schools plus much more

Careers Newsletter
Autumn 2013, Weeks 1 and 2

In this issue:

1. Welcome from Careers
2. Careers Gateway
3. Start the new term with a new Employability Tutorial
4. Autumn 2013 careers fairs on campus
5. The York Award
6. Plan ahead with the new Careers Timeline
7. Careers Events on campus
8. Get a Career Mentor
9. New year, new societies, new skills?
10. Do it! Volunteer in local schools with a YSIS placement
11. Could you mentor year 11 girls, or deliver workshops in school themed around travel, cooking or science?
12. Create a marketing plan or an online art exhibition with a charity internship
13. Do you have a great idea for a project or event that could be part of the Tour de France?
14. Information about Careers

1. Welcome from Careers
Welcome to our first fortnightly Careers newsletter of 2013/14. If you are a new student we are looking forward to supporting you in developing the employability and personal skills you will need during your university life and in your future. If you’re returning, welcome back! We have an exciting year ahead with lots of events and activities for you all. You can keep up to date with all the latest news via our website www.york.ac.uk/careers and through our social media sites www.york.ac.uk/careers/socialmedia

2. Careers Gateway
Careers Gateway is your one stop shop for finding job vacancies, browsing upcoming careers events and booking careers appointments. Find it at www.york.ac.uk/careers/gateway

3. Start the new term with a new Employability Tutorial
Now is a great time to be thinking about your future and what you hope to achieve this year. We’ve spent the summer reworking the Employability Tutorial – so why not use the new Tutorial as a guide? 5 reasons to come back to the Tutorial:
• It’s shorter – we’ve cut out hours of text and typing
• The Employability Journal is no more! We’ve replaced it with quick quizzes and notes built right into the Tutorial
• There’s less to read and more to do
• We’ve made it easier to find your way around
• It’s important! The Tutorial is about your career and your future – so don’t neglect it…
Get started: https://www.york.ac.uk/services/careers/vle/link/incoming/vle/?v=43cd05&l=home

4. Autumn 2013 careers fairs on campus
Make the most of the careers fairs this term! Many companies are recruiting from across all subject disciplines. Vacation internships are also on offer to students at earlier stages. For details of organisations attending and links to their websites visit www.york.ac.uk/careers/events

• 15 October, Careers in Management & Finance: Physics Ex. Centre, 11am – 3pm
• 16 October, Careers in Technology: Physics Ex. Centre, 11am – 3pm
• 24 October, Careers in Law: Ron Cooke Hub, 12 noon – 3pm

5. The York Award
The York Award is a programme that helps you to identify and develop your employability skills during your time at university. It provides a structure to gain accreditation for extra- curricular activities such as volunteering, work experience and involvement in clubs and societies. Alongside this, the York Award also runs a range of great courses that further count towards your employability. To find out more and get involved come along to an introductory session this term on the following dates:
• Thurs 10 Oct, 13:00 D/L/047
• Thurs 17 Oct, 12:30 LMB/036X
The list of York Award courses running this term can be found at www.york.ac.uk/careers/yorkaward York Award courses must be booked in order to secure a place – please go to www.york.ac.uk/careers/gateway to book.

6. Plan ahead with the new Careers Timeline
The new Careers Timeline is packed with information and advice as to what you should be thinking about at each point throughout your degree. You can use it to get an overview of the key periods for your career planning, ideas as to how to develop your skills and even see which events are running throughout the term that will support you with these activities.
Try out the Careers Timeline from Monday, week 1 at www.york.ac.uk/careers/timeline or in the Employability Tutorial on the VLE.

7. Events in weeks 1 and 2
• Where no location is given for an event, please log into Careers Gateway for further information and booking details www.york.ac.uk/careers/gateway

Working in the UK for International Students
Thursday 3 October, 1pm – 3pm, (P/L/002)

Part-time work in the UK
Friday 4 October, 1pm – 2pm (P/L/005)

Work Experience & Internships drop-in
Friday 4 October, 2pm – 4pm (Careers)

CV Basics
Monday 7 October, 1pm – 2pm (P/L/005)

Employer presentation & networking: KPMG
Monday 7 October, 6 – 8.30pm

Employer presentation: Government Economic Service
Tuesday 8 October, 1pm – 2pm

Introduction to York Students in Schools
Tuesday 8 October, 4pm – 5pm, (V/123)

Work Experience Strategies
Tuesday 8 October, 4pm – 5pm, (P/T/006)

Networking for beginners
Wednesday 9 October, 2pm – 5pm

Routes into teaching
Wednesday 9 October, 4pm – 5pm (AEW/104)

Marketing yourself to Employers
Wednesday 9 October, 1pm – 2pm (P/T/005)

Employer presentation: Freshfields Law Firm
Thursday 9 October, 6.30pm

Introduction to the York Award
Thursday 10 October, 1pm – 2pm (D/L/047)

8. Get a career mentor
Want to build confidence communicating with graduate professionals, receive advice on applications and interviews or get support in deciding what you want to do after university?

Open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, the Alumni Mentoring Scheme (AMS) provides a fantastic opportunity for current students to receive impartial advice and support from an experienced mentor drawn from the University’s extensive alumni network.
Visit our webpage for more information
https://www.york.ac.uk/students/work-volunteering-careers/explore-options/ideas/mentoring

The AMS application opens Monday, week 3 and closes Sunday, week 3.

9. New year, new societies, new skills?
So you’re a returning student. Maybe you’re going to some freshers’ events, or maybe you’re not even back in York yet! Even for non-freshers, a new academic year can be a fresh start. This is the best time to try out a sport, join a society or start learning a new language. Getting involved with something new is fun, but it can also help with your future. Activities are a great way to learn new skills – and you can use them as examples of what you can do in job applications and interviews.
Like the idea of trying something new? Do this:
• Pick things to do that build up your skills and CV using ‘Things to do at York’ in the Employability Tutorial
• Go to Freshers’ Fair on Saturday 5 October! Have a look round and find some societies you missed last time – or signed up for and never got round to going to. Also come and say hello to staff on the Careers stall while you’re there!

10. Do it! Volunteer in local schools with a YSIS placement
Interested in teaching? Or just want to gain some more experience working with children and young people? Then a YSIS placement is for you! York Students in Schools (YSIS) placements 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, 3 and 4 (Tues 8, Mon 14, Thur 17, Tue 22), and will recruit for Spring placements from Weeks 3-5 (14 October – 1 November). Find us on Facebook and visit our website (www.york.ac.uk/ysis) for up to date information.

11. Could you mentor year 11 girls, or deliver workshops in school themed around travel, cooking or science?
York Students in Schools (YSIS) is now advertising a range of exciting schools-based volunteering projects, which take place throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. Working as part of a team, you could volunteer alongside staff from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Northern Rail, or the York Marriott Hotel to deliver interactive workshops in local primary schools, or why not volunteer to mentor Year 11 girls at Huntington School through the design and delivery a fundraising event! For more information, visit the YSIS Run it! pages at www.york.ac.uk/careers/ysis and click on the Run it! box. Deadline: Wednesday 16 October.

12. Create a marketing plan or an online art exhibition with a charity internship
York Students in Communities is advertising two charity internships for the academic year, supporting small York charities. Students are needed to create a marketing plan for Poppleton Community Railway Nursery and an online art exhibition for Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation. For more information, visit www.york.ac.uk/careers/communities and click on the Run it! box. Deadline: Wednesday 16 October.

13. Do you have a great idea for a project or event that could be part of the Tour de France?
York Students in Communities and York Students in Schools (YSIS) are looking for students to come up with ideas that engage local schools or use community spaces for the 100 Day Festival as part of the Tour de France. Individuals or teams will be able to pitch ideas and bid for funding to make ideas a reality! Interested? More information coming soon!

14. Information about Careers:
• Lots more information available 24 hours a day at www.york.ac.uk/careers
• Read the latest Careers news at https://yorkcareers.wordpress.com/
• Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm (undergraduate term time)
• Details of our full event programme for Autumn 2013: www.york.ac.uk/careers/events
• Follow us on social media: www.york.ac.uk/careers/socialmedia