Guest blog: Graduating with a 2:2 degree


 Guest blog provided by Ashley Hever, Enterprise rent-a-car (previously published on the company’s website).

What do I have in common with Prince Charles, JK Rowling, Jo Whiley and Bear Grylls? No, it’s not castles (didn’t know you lived in a castle? Ed.). What we have in common is that we all graduated from university with the same grade: a 2:2.

I was the first in my family to go to university and I had absolutely no idea how to improve my employability while studying so as to give myself a fighting chance to get a job at the end of my studies. I am trying to remember if I even went to a careers fair or visited the careers service while at university. It was also an issue that I had no idea what the ‘Milkround’ was, so when I started looking for jobs after graduation, rather than during my last year, I missed out on all those graduate roles that had been advertised and closed before I even started looking.

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Careers in Commercial Archaeology- what you need to know!


 Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

I recently attended a fantastic session on careers in commercial archaeology delivered by Malin Holst and these are my top take away tips:

What does a commercial archaeologist do?

You work for an archaeological firm, which secures contracts from a range of clients including property developers, construction firms, public sector, energy companies, transport organisations. Work includes planning and undertaking excavations, cataloguing finds and liaising with heritage organisations. Find out more:

What kind of skills or qualifications do you need to become a commercial archaeologist?

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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: 6 ways to develop commercial awareness at university


 Guest blog written by Liz Bland, Careers Consultant at Aston University and was originally published in MyPlus Students’ Club. Read the careers blog for more advice about applications and disability.

Are you commercially aware? Many employers include commercial awareness as a key requirement when advertising their graduate vacancies. In fact, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported in the AGR 2016 Development Survey that nearly 80% of their members were seeking this employability skill. But what does it mean and how can you develop commercial awareness while you’re at university?

Commercial awareness defined

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines commercial awareness as, “knowledge of how businesses make money, what customers want, and what problems there are in particular areas of business”.

People who are commercially aware can look at situations from a business perspective and appreciate concepts such as profit, income generation and cost reduction. On a broader scale, they also have an awareness of the job they are applying for and the wider sector within which the company operates, key competitors and current market trends.

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GUEST BLOG: Graduate roles for careers in education


 Guest blog written by Rebecca, a Special Educational Needs Consultant for Teaching Personnel’s West and North Yorkshire branch.

When you’re due to graduate, the world of job seeking can seem pretty daunting. “Where do I want to work? Do I have the right skills? Will I have job security?” That’s where working for a company like Teaching Personnel can help.

Before my role as a consultant, I completed a degree in Theatre Studies and then trained as a Primary School Teacher. In between my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent a lot of time in schools and alternative education settings, gaining experience in different areas before making a decision to train in Primary Education. I didn’t really know about the amount of roles available to graduates and it was only upon doing a bit of research that I was able to find a role as a Special Needs Support Worker – sharing my time between a home based education programme for pupils with Autism, and within a large SEN school across several sites.

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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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