Winning CVs and applications

Careers blog written by Tricia Raxworthy, Careers and Placements

We know that applying for jobs can be a time-consuming, and at times dispiriting business.  But a little extra time spent onjeune-femme-poste-de-travail your CV and application can be all it needs to get you an interview.

Log into the VLE and have a look at our CV guide – with tips on what to include and different types of CV.  Prospects also has a helpful guide on what to include in your CV.  (This resource includes a personal profile in your CV, but this is optional so only do this if it works for you.)

It is tempting to send off lots of applications, but it’s more effective to spend the time on a few high quality, well-tailored, applications than lots of generic ones.  Preparation is key – take time to research the organisation and the job, and to reflect on your experience and skills (including your degree and time at UoY), before you start an application, and check out this guide on what to include.

We’re always happy to give you feedback on your CV or application – book a CV review (term time) or an advice appointment (vacation), or if you’re away from York just email it to us via Careers Gateway and one of the careers consultants will have a look at it for you; often it’s just a case of a couple of tweaks to make more impact.





Which way next?

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Photo: University of York – Mark Woodward

Careers blog written by Tricia Raxworthy, Careers and Placements

Summer can be time to take a break, time to reflect on the past year, and also to consider: which way next?

If you’re starting to think about your future direction after your degree, we have some resources to get you started:

Prospects: What can I do with my degree?

This helpful website suggests jobs directly related to your degree, jobs where you degree would be useful, and reminds you of the specific and more general transferable skills you will have acquired through your studies – useful for any job application.

You can get ideas by looking at the career stories of graduates from your department in York Profiles and Mentors.  You need a York log in  and will be able to read case studies, ask questions and even request a period of individual mentoring if you feel that would help you.

Enjoy your summer!

The Careers and Placements Team


Grad schemes: are they for you?

Thanks to Jacob Turner, Careers Information Desk Intern, who made some great notes for us at our recent panel event: Are grad schemes for you?


Employer panel:

  • Mark Page- TJX Europe (TK Maxx), Senior Talent Acquisition
  • Elin Williams- Civil Service Fast Stream, Senior Cohort Leader
  • Hannah Dillon- L’Oreal, Campus Ambassador
  • Pash Selopal- Frontline, Recruitment Officer
  • Kathryn Walmsley- PwC, Student Recruitment Officer

What is a Grad scheme?

  • A structured period of training and development, often rotating around different departments, may involve placements overseas, structure may vary according to employer.
  • TJX Europe’s schemes are segregated and specific with a lot of early responsibility, allowing participants to train and develop skills relevant to a specific area of the business.
  • Fast Track schemes aim to attract future leaders, allowing graduates with great potential to begin working with early responsibility, and to develop personally and professionally, whilst increasing their profile within the business. Often such schemes are structured to ensure that passionate graduates are able to be themselves and learn skills throughout various areas of the business.
  • Certain schemes are more general. The Civil Service Fast Stream Generalist scheme ensures that graduates attempt a varied group of jobs throughout the service. They recruit from any degree subject. The scheme includes 4 six month placements, giving you the opportunity to try out different things and see what fits you, whilst developing an understanding of the different areas within the Civil Service.

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Careers events ahead

Check out events for the week ahead. More at

Skills courses

Week 4, Wed 4 May, 15:00 – Lesson planning and facilitating learning, PGCE team

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 11:00 – Marketing and Heritage, Jo Parker, National Trust

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 12:30 – RDT: Career Planning for Researchers

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 14:00 – Postgraduates: Job hunting – where and when to look

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 15:oo – Leadership skills, Olivia Mooney, Teach First

Week 4, Fri 6 May, 11:30 – Finalists: How to generate and research your career ideas

Careers workshops/briefings

Week 4, Wed 4 May, 12:00 – Finalists: Careers advice drop-in, Careers

Week 4, Wed 4 May, 17:00 – Social Sciences careers evening, D/L/036

Departmental events

Week 4, Tues 3 May, 11:30 – TFTV: IM skills session, RCH/204

Week 4, Tues 3 May, 14:00 – Social Sciences careers drop-in, Careers

Week 4, Wed 4 May, 17:00 – Social Sciences careers evening, D/L/036

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 10:00 – Economics Careers appointments, A/EC/003

Week 4, Thurs 5 May, 13:00 – Social Sciences careers appointments, Careers






GUEST BLOG: Internships

Guest blog written by Anthony Chui, Analyst | Indirect Tax, Deloitte LLP

I’m Anthony and I studied Economics at York. I completed Deloitte’s Summer Vacation Scheme (SVS) in the summer of 2014 and began my graduate role full time in September UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green2015. My SVS scheme was in Indirect Tax Consultancy and Private Client Services. During the scheme I was given a huge array of responsibility – for example drafting client correspondence, researching potential opportunities to existing clients, and attending client meetings. I worked on different projects with a variety of people. The SVS scheme gave me great insight into the culture within Deloitte and what a full time role would be like after university. Continue reading

In other news…

External events you might be interested in :UoY Careers newspaper illy

  1. Urban development experience

DPU SummerLab 2016 programme for students studying and/or interested in urban development issue. Apply by 4 July

  1. Fly your thesis competition

Student teams (Masters/PhD in life science, physical science or engineering) invited to submit proposals related to designing, building and flying their experiment in a parabolic flight campaign. Proposal deadline 16 May.

Careers latest news

ideaWe are delighted that so many first year students (a quarter of first years) have applied for the York Award and jumped into the York experience this year. Well done if you’re one of those who have applied, and we hope you’ll continue to build on this year’s achievements and think about going for York Award Gold next year.

Whether or not you applied this time, there are more opportunities coming up for you to get the most out of being a student at York – don’t miss out!

The Student Internship Bureau are currently recruiting for their summer internship projects based virtually, or in and around York. These are paid internships which are exclusive to York students, and a great way to gain work experience!

Apply now for volunteering projects in the Autumn term! York Students in Schools and York Students in Communities are recruiting now until Sunday 15 May (week 5).

Don’t miss our Summer Recruitment Fair on Monday 6 June. If you haven’t got work experience lined up this summer, or want to find out about internship opportunities next summer, then this is the place to be!