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 on 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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: