Graduate Survey: why we need your help

If you are a graduate we will be contacting you 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 straightforward.  You will receive an email from us in  April 2017  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 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!  You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Get in touch to find out more.

New for Spring term: online Q and A with the Careers team

For Spring term we are piloting a new way for you to get help from us – an online Careers Q&A on the topics we get asked about most.  The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays between 11.00am and 1.00pm – you can find a full list of dates and topics below.

First up (Tuesday 17 January, Week 2) is a session on the York Award (2017) for those graduating this summer. It will be hosted by Jo Gee our York Award Officer and Irena Zientek our Information Manager. Between them they know everything there is to know about the York Award and will be able to answer any question you have to make sure you can submit a strong application before the 27 January application deadline.

How to take part

Just find the session on our events page or in Careers Gateway and follow the instructions to log into the platform. Usually you can “drop in” any time during the 2 hour session to ask any questions you have on the topic of the week.

List of topics

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Careers FAQs for final year students

I’ve not even started thinking about what I want to do next – are you still able to help?

Don’t worry – we can still help.  Very soon, the Careers Consultant who looks after your department will be emailing you directly to check what we can do to help you plan for your future. Look out for that email and get in touch to tell us how we can help you further.  You might also find the Get Ideas section of our website useful or you can just call into Careers between 11.00am and 1.00pm each weekday (except Tuesday) to talk to us about your first steps.

Haven’t I missed the deadlines for all the graduate schemes by now? 

You may have missed some opportunities, but there will be many more coming up. Many graduate recruiters continue to recruit throughout the year and many employers will not be advertising jobs until later in the year, as and when positions become available.  Check out our Job Hunting Toolkit to understand more about the time frames for graduate recruitment. And remember – graduate schemes are only one part of the overall graduate recruitment picture.

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Job scams are targeting students and graduates: keep safe online

publication1 Careers blog written by Mandy Simmons, Careers Information Officer

We first posted this blog in April 2015 but since then scams have continued to grow and many particularly target students and new graduates. Read our updated blog below – and keep safe online.

What is a job scam?

“A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job.

When applying for jobs online take care not to be caught out by fraudsters who trick you into paying for something that doesn’t exist. If something seems to be too good to be true – offering large rewards for little effort – chances are it is! Scams come in many different guises and the people who carry them out are always looking for new ways to make easy money

Here are our top tips for what to look out for:

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New online newsletter for international students at York


This term we have launched a new online careers newsletter for international students at York. We will be posting lots of news that will help you to make the most of your time while you are here, as well as planning your future. It will include events, international student careers news, guest blogs, success stories and lots more.

Although the content is primarily focused on international students issues, EU students may find some of the content useful too.

Check it out now – and if you want to get regular updates just submit your email address in the “follow us” section – you will get an email alert when new content is published.

You could be our next case study!

If you are an international student at York with an career related success story – let us know and we will share it to encourage other students.  Maybe you have have taken part in a great volunteering experience, have secured a valuable internship, or won an award?  Let us know by emailing us – – and we will share your success.

Nissan Plant Visit Exclusively for York Students Wednesday 26th October 12-6pm (Transport provided)

 Exclusive trip to Sunderland to visit the Nissan plant for York students
Wednesday 26th October 12 – 6.00pm
(Transport from campus included – applications close 20 October)
What is it?
Careers is organising a unique plant visit to Nissan in Sunderland exclusively for 20 York students to learn more about the company, its operations, values and programmes first hand.  This is an exclusive opportunity for our students and it is free to take part.
You will get a tour of their factory and hear more about the company directly from their recruitment team and other Nissan employees.   This is a great opportunity to enhance your CV and will strengthen your application to Nissan’s placement or graduate schemes.
What’s in it for you?
Regardless of your degree subject, if you are dedicated and driven, then a global career at Nissan could be for you.
Nissan Sunderland offers a range of year placements for students interested in a Year In Industry degree and a range of graduate roles which all give you real, hands-on experience, working on multi-million pound projects with colleagues, partners and suppliers from all over the world. Nissan will help you develop your technical, behavioural and core capabilities to turn you into a true leader of the future and develop your career within Nissan.
By taking just 5 minutes to complete the short application form on the Careers Gateway  you could be selected to take part in this visit and gain an exclusive insight into the company, pick up some great inside information to make you stand out on your application form and in your interview and get in front of Nissan recruiters.
You can also ask more questions about the roles available and find out which would be most interesting to you personally to apply to.
This opportunity is much less competitive than most insight schemes with it being open to just York students and it will look great on your CV.
Plus – you get free transport directly from campus and back organised by Careers.
There will then be follow-on Nissan sessions after the visit that you can book on to help you prepare for their assessment centre if you decide to apply for their programmes.
How to Apply
Apply on the Careers Gateway through the Exclusive Opportunities @ York tab. It will take you 5 minutes to complete the form – it’s very basic asking for your motivations for applying for the visit and your current experience both through work and extra curricular activity.
Apply now. Applications close 20th October.
Nissan opportunities 
To view details of Nissan’s graduate and placement programmes, click here.

Opportunities for law and non law students at our Law Fair, Wednesday 12 October

You don’t have to be studying Law to be a lawyer… come along to our Law Fair on Wednesday 12 October any time between 12pm-3pm in the Physics Exhibition Centre.

Law firms are looking for students from a range of disciplines who can offer qualities such as good communication skills, research skills, attention to detail, good at working in a team, motivation, stamina, and adaptability. See more in this article ‘What skills do law firms look for…?’ All of which you’ll have in buckets!

If you don’t study law you can take a conversion course after your degree to enter the profession – many legal professionals have taken this route.

All year groups welcome – we will be welcoming over 50 recruiters and training providers offering graduate roles as well as placements, internships and work experience opportunities – so there is something for everyone.

This is a unique opportunity for you to talk to recruiters face-to-face and find out what they have to offer, how to get ahead and when you need to make an application. Don’t miss out, as many deadlines for internships and graduate roles are pre-Christmas!

For more details please see or the Facebook event.  See you there!