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.

Pause

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.

Finally…

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

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Graduating this year? Here’s how to set up your lifelong Careers Service


It’s been a tough few years, full of ups and downs, but you’ve made it! You’re graduating from the University of York! The end of a very important chapter in your life, but not the end of your careers service.

We offer all of our graduates a lifelong service. That’s right. If you want a career change at 92, we’ll be there to help you through it. You’ll have access to the full shebang. Appointments, mock interviews, online resources, quick tips and guidance. Whatever you need to help you through your career, we’re here.

There is just a quick little admin task we need you to do: upgrade your Careers Gateway status by registering as an Alumni.

Here’s how you do it:

Go to Careers Gateway.

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Click on ‘Alumni login and registration’.

Click on ‘Alumnus sign up’

Fill in your credentials and click submit (remember to give your current and most active email address).

Once you’ve submitted your form, we will verify that you were a student here and you’ll receive an email when your account has been updated. You will then be able to use Careers Gateway exactly as you did when you were a student, including booking an appointment and browsing opportunities.

You can update your personal details and email preferences by clicking on ‘Profile > Update Profile’. Click ‘Next’ and ‘Save’ to ensure all changes are recorded.

Congratulations on your graduation! Now a new chapter begins and we’ll be here if you need us.

 

Happy Christmas from Careers


DSC_0750As the term draws to a close, everyone here in Careers and Placements would like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and a relaxing vacation.

For those still on campus and wanting to use Careers,  here are our opening times.

Christmas vacation opening times: 4 December – 5 January

4 – 19 December Open Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm
20 December Closed for staff training
21 December Open, 10.00am – 4.00pm
22 December – 1 January University closed
2 – 5 January Open, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Please check the web page for appointment availability. We only offer Careers Advice appointments during vacations, but you can have your CV and applications reviewed at these appointments.

We look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Graduate Survey: why we need your help


If you are a recent graduate we will be contacting you very 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 quick and straightforward.

You will receive an email from us in  November  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 follow up and 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 of course!  You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Our web pages for alumni show you how you can access our services as a graduate.

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.

 

 

 

Opportunities to connect with York graduates online and in person


Our Working in Research event on Thursday night is your chance to meet professionals working in a research role in a range of different sectors – and this includes a number of graduates from York. We hope you have a great evening!

Did you know we have another great way to connect with York graduates? Our York Profiles and Mentors platform allows you to read about the experiences of life after York for hundreds of our graduates – and connect with them remotely.  Some have a research background:

But we have profiles from a broad range of contributors and they cover most job sectors so you are sure to find someone of interest.

And as well as reading about their career stories since they left York, you can ask quick questions through the system. We have also  developed a simple, quick-to-use mentor request form so you can get in touch and connect with graduates who have volunteered to give something back to York through supporting proactive students like you.

Check out the York Profiles and Mentors platform now.

 

GUEST BLOG: Graduate options


 Guest blog written by Careers Student Brand Ambassadors, Charlotte Noddings and Serife Gunal

Are you panicking about what comes after graduation? Do you already have an idea of what you want to do but don’t know where to start? Here we outline some of the most common paths you can pursue and signpost you to some of the best resources for planning your life after university. The options laid out here are not exhaustive but they do give you a good idea of some of the opportunities available. The key thing to remember is that using the Careers department is a great way to start!

What are your options?

Graduate Schemes

Graduate schemes are a fantastic introduction to the world of work, with many employers offering employment for one to three, or more, years as well as, the opportunity to attain qualifications. Grad schemes are available in a range of sectors including investment and finance, engineering, accountancy and even media. Single employers often recruit to more than one type of job role, for instance, investment banks offer opportunities in operations, sales and trading, investment banks, technology and more! Some employers close their applications in the autumn of your final year but there are many schemes that are open longer and may also re-open later in the year. The long recruitment process, including an online application form, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, can be made easier if you know where to look! If you decide that a graduate job is one of the avenues you would like to pursue after graduation, make sure you go to Careers for any help with finding graduate schemes, any part of the application process, or any other queries you may have.

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