Guest blog written by Rhiannon Stokes, York graduate, Frontline
Rhiannon Stokes studied Applied Social Sciences at the University of York and joined Frontline’s Leadership Development programme as part of the 2015 cohort. Here Rhiannon shares her experience of applying to Frontline, the journey that led her to apply, and how she found the application process.
I was a student at York in James College from 2007-2010, studying Applied Social Sciences (Children & Young People). I chose this course as I had an interest in sociology, and thought that I might want to do social work in the future, but didn’t feel ready to study social work at 19. I loved my degree and its ‘applied’ nature, to me it felt like I was studying things that actually mattered. Wanting to make the most of my spare time at university I completed lots of voluntary work: YSIS, tea & coffee club for the elderly, youth work with York City Council, James College Christian Union and a local housing charity.
Guest blog written by RateMyPlacement
Careers fairs are designed to give undergraduates and employers a platform to meet, interact and discuss potential careers.
They are a chance for you to meet an experienced professional face-to-face, and find out what is like to work for a particular company, or to work in a specific sector. The employers you meet in gatherings like this could also be useful contacts for finding employment before or after you graduate.
A careers fair is a valuable opportunity for you take a positive step towards starting a career while you’re still at university.
So here is a guide on how to talk to employers at a careers fair, and a few points for you to consider to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
Careers blog written by Nicola Clemmit, Placement Coordinator, Careers and Placements
New this year, all York undergraduate students can pursue a Placement Year through a Placement Year programme managed by Careers and Placements. This means all York students can access more roles, opportunities and substantive work experience routes in your university years which will strengthen your professional brand and offering, and therefore support your professional career after graduation.
What’s in it for you?
There are many benefits to completing a placement year. Most placement year students gain a significant confidence boost during their placement year and return to University more focused, confident and assertive which can reflect in their final year grade.
Over the undergraduate summer vacation, Careers and Placements is open Monday to Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm. We have a few closures so keep a check on the website for details.
We also have appointments running throughout the summer – you can check out what’s on offer on the website and book through Careers Gateway
We only run Careers Advice appointments in the summer – but you can do everything you need in them – get advice and guidance, find information, CV/application review. Postgraduate students can use these too, instead of their usual Postgraduate Advice appointments.
If you are not in York you can ask for a telephone appointment. Book your appointments via Careers Gateway, as usual, then email us (email@example.com) to confirm you want to have your appointment over the phone. Don’t forget to let us know your preferred phone number, so we can call you at your appointment time.
Alternatively, you can submit a query through Careers Gateway. This will be allocated to a member of the team and we’ll get back to you within a few days.
Each Tuesday during July and August we have our drop in for international students who are interested in working in the UK – no appointment needed just come along with your questions between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesdays.
Careers blog written by Cara Close, Graduate Intern – Student Engagement & Communications, Careers
With exams (almost) over and summer holidays just around the corner, it’s all too easy to forget about responsibilities for a while and let the months breeze by.
However, you will thank your past self at your graduation by using this free time to be productive. Summer is a great time to get work experience in the career you are interested in, and has too many benefits to pass up on.
Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers
Two areas with high demand for graduates are technology and engineering. Skills shortages in these areas mean there are lots of opportunities for graduates with the necessary qualifications and experience.
Developers and cyber security specialists are particularly in demand – just think of the recent data hit the NHS and other organisations took last week.
The scope of opportunities is also widened by the fact that all sorts of industries and services rely on digital systems, not just IT companies. So, there are plenty of possible employers out there.
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.