3 benefits of taking some time out after your degree

Graduation was the climax of the last few years of your life and now it may feel like you’re in a headlong rush into employment. Taking some time out after your studies can be a great opportunity to have fun, build skills, reflect on your university experience and prepare yourself for your next steps. The time you spend doesn’t have to be a year-long, it could be as little as a few weeks – enough time to pause, find inspiration and gain skills.


pedestrians-400811_1920This has probably been the busiest year of your degree. Library, revision, lectures, seminars, exams, dissertation and in the background, the nagging feeling that you should really have a plan for what happens next when you finish University. It’s OK to pause, in fact it’s good to pause. If you’re not sure what you want to do next then taking some time out will allow you to try different things whether that be volunteering or work experience related to a career area you’re interested in, or travel and work overseas. All experiences will teach you something, it may be that you definitely don’t want to work in a certain career sector but this is still useful! You don’t need to have all the answers right now, but by allowing yourself some headspace, you’ll be able to stop, gain some perspective and figure out what is important to you.

Find inspiration

airport-2373727_1920If you’re taking time out, use it wisely and have a plan. When it comes to securing a  longer term job, employers will want to know how you spent your time out and what you gained from it. You may be considering travelling and experiencing different cultures or you may decide to stay closer to home and and use work experience or volunteering to get an insight into different career sectors or you could combine the two. The point is through your experiences, you will learn more about yourself. You can only know what you do or don’t like, by trying things.

Gain skills

You might think that unless you’re in a graduate level job, you’re not gaining useful skills but the good news is many skills can be transferable. On our website we have a list of skills that employers look for when recruiting. Whatever you do during your time out, you’ll likely be adding to your skillset and fulfilling some of the employer wish list, for example, if you plan to travel, learning a language is a great skill to have and the communication and intercultural skills you’ll develop will be a great addition to your CV, not to mention the self management and planning skills you’ll also acquire. See your gap period as an opportunity to gain experience before entering permanent employment. Short term work can help you identify what really interests you and where your career motivation lies, and it doesn’t have to be ‘casual’ work. Check out the graduate-level internships on Graduate Talent Pool for quality work experience.


Once you’re ready to take the next steps – whether it’s a graduate job or further study – Careers and Placements is still here to help. As a starting point, our web resources have plenty of info and advice about job hunting, further study, making applications and going for interview.

Further info:

Check our web page – Taking time out

Read our information sheet – Taking time out

Graduate internships – Graduate Talent Pool

Look at our information sheet on Working outside the UK, this has links to lots of vacancy sources plus volunteer overseas programmes

GoinGlobal is available on our website and includes country profiles, job search resources and cultural information for 41 countries

We’re still available for you. Check out how to set up your lifelong careers service


In other news…

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  • External Events
    Memery Crystal is holding open evenings in July for students interested in applying for a law training contract. The evening events will provide insight into the graduate recruitment process and culture of the firm. Apply to attend one of the open evenings by sending your CV and a covering letter of no more than 250 words to Tai Patel, tpatel@memerycrystal.com by 30 June 2016
  • AuthentiCity careers event for LGBT students: Wednesday 6th July 2016 hosted by Aviva, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, JLL, J.P. Morgan, KPMG and M&G in central London. Travel expenses reimbursed.
  • The first step towards a professional pilot career event
    Saturday 9 July 2016
    Royal Amouries Museum
    Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT

Competition time!

  •  Applications are open for the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. Do you have a great product idea or invention relevant to the construction industry? Or do you like puzzles and want to have a go at solving a problem identified by our customers? You may win anything from financial support up to £10,000 or business mentoring.

Careers Events – Summer Week 6

UoY Careers Note & Pen  Check out events for the week ahead

Careers workshop/briefing

Departmental events

If you’re unsure where a room is , use the room code search on the Campus Map

CAREERS BLOG: 2 quick courses to get you grad job ready

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Hilary Neary, Information Assistant, Careers

As online learning has become more popular there is now a diverse range of short courses to participate in, including several on the topics of job hunting techniques and employability. I’ve recently enrolled on two of these to see how useful they are. The two I’ve chosen are:

Interviews by the University of Sheffield
Unlocking your Employability by the University of Queensland

Course content is in the form of short videos, articles, quizzes and forum discussion and both courses are free to enroll on. I’ve highlighted below what you can learn from each course and the aspects that I found most useful.

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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy External events and news you might be interested in.

Summer Graduate Fair
15 June, Olympia Central, London
A chance to meet top UK employers and course providers plus there will be a CV clinic and industry insight talks
Free to attend, just register online at www.summergradfair.co.uk

Free Journalism Workshops
Aspiring reporters interested in a career in newspapers, magazines, online or broadcast can enroll for a free journalism workshop staged at the newsroom of national press agency News Associates.

This practical three-hour session will get you working on your own stories and there will be a chance to meet News Associates tutors, reporters and editors.

The workshops are staged on Fridays 10.30am – 1.30pm, and dates are available in London or Manchester this summer. For a list of dates and to book, see the webpage

Free Introduction to Sports Journalism Workshops
This is a one-day course run by the full-time sports reporters at Sportsbeat – the sports press service of News Associates.
The course covers all of the basics of sports journalism – match reporting, meeting tight deadlines, knowing how different publications cover different stories and much more.

The workshops are staged on Fridays 10.30am 1.30pm. For a list of dates and to book, see the webpage www.newsassociates.co.uk/free-workshop/





Latest Careers news, Summer Week 5

idea Latest news from Careers…

Apply now to volunteer in a local school next term
Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.
Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website

Internships this summer in York
The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, see Careers Gateway






GUEST BLOG: From Linguist to International Tax Advisor

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by James Heathcote, Private Client Sector Services, Deloitte LLP

You might be wondering how it’s possible to go from being a Languages and Linguistics student to being a tax advisor for some of the world’s largest families and wealthiest individuals.

…but, let’s face it, you’re probably not wondering that at all. In fact, chances are you’ve not even considered tax as a career. Neither had I, until the summer of my second year at York when I did a six week placement with Deloitte in Leeds. In all honesty, I needed the money, and I never expected that it would turn into the exciting career I’m now lucky to be in.

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