GUEST BLOG: Assessment centre? No need to shudder!

DSC_0238 Guest blog written by Serife Gunal, Careers Student Brand Ambassador

There’s something about the words ‘assessment centre’ that makes me want to shudder, in fact, there’s been times where hearing ‘grad job’ or ‘internship’ has made me feel queasy! I realise now that those fears were somewhat misguided and that applying for grad jobs and internships doesn’t have to stress you out!

If you are scheduled to attend an assessment centre or even planning on applying for a graduate job or internship, Careers and Placements has an event just for you. The annual assessment centre simulator event will be taking place at 17:30 to 20:30 in P/T/005 (Physics) on Wednesday 1st February and will be a fantastic opportunity to have a practice in an assessment centre environment!

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Welcome back: it’s time to explore!

Spring Term (and once exams are over) is a good time to explore career options and opportunities for those who haven’t already done so.

What might you explore?

If you’re not sure what you might be interested in doing after university, why not try generating some ideas by visiting our Get ideas section. There are exercises to help you find suggestions linked to your interests, values and experience, as well as resources to help you find out more about different careers

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Web highlights #3: Look for work

UoY Careers Note & Pen Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

If you’re job hunting there are some basics you need to know: where to find vacancies and how to get through the recruitment and assessment process.

The Careers website’s look for work and apply for jobs sections are where you need to start.

As the title suggests, our look for work pages help you identify relevant job sites and resources for all types of work. So, whether it’s graduate jobs, internships, part-time work or international work, you’ll find good starting points and further information.

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New online newsletter for international students at York


This term we have launched a new online careers newsletter for international students at York. We will be posting lots of news that will help you to make the most of your time while you are here, as well as planning your future. It will include events, international student careers news, guest blogs, success stories and lots more.

Although the content is primarily focused on international students issues, EU students may find some of the content useful too.

Check it out now – and if you want to get regular updates just submit your email address in the “follow us” section – you will get an email alert when new content is published.

You could be our next case study!

If you are an international student at York with an career related success story – let us know and we will share it to encourage other students.  Maybe you have have taken part in a great volunteering experience, have secured a valuable internship, or won an award?  Let us know by emailing us – – and we will share your success.

Web highlights #2: Events on campus

jeune-femme-poste-de-travail Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager

You may have noticed three high-profile recruitment fairs on campus during recent weeks, but did you know there’s a whole lot of other careers events that run throughout the term, every term? Here’s a run down of our what’s on page.

Employer presentations

Graduate recruiters are always keen to visit campus and get the chance to talk to students, so you can have the opportunity to listen to what employers are offering in the way of internships and graduate roles.

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Graduate and internship recruiters on campus today

Students attending a Management and Finance Careers Fair (15 October 2013)

Don’t miss a great opportunity to meet and chat with employers at our All Sectors Fair today (Thursday 20 October). Recruiting to a variety of roles for graduate vacancies, internships and insight days.

It takes place in the Physics & Exhibition Centre, 11.00am – 3.00pm and is open to all students of any subject and any year.

If you need some tips on how to prepare, see our information sheet about recruitment fairs.

Nissan Plant Visit Exclusively for York Students Wednesday 26th October 12-6pm (Transport provided)

 Exclusive trip to Sunderland to visit the Nissan plant for York students
Wednesday 26th October 12 – 6.00pm
(Transport from campus included – applications close 20 October)
What is it?
Careers is organising a unique plant visit to Nissan in Sunderland exclusively for 20 York students to learn more about the company, its operations, values and programmes first hand.  This is an exclusive opportunity for our students and it is free to take part.
You will get a tour of their factory and hear more about the company directly from their recruitment team and other Nissan employees.   This is a great opportunity to enhance your CV and will strengthen your application to Nissan’s placement or graduate schemes.
What’s in it for you?
Regardless of your degree subject, if you are dedicated and driven, then a global career at Nissan could be for you.
Nissan Sunderland offers a range of year placements for students interested in a Year In Industry degree and a range of graduate roles which all give you real, hands-on experience, working on multi-million pound projects with colleagues, partners and suppliers from all over the world. Nissan will help you develop your technical, behavioural and core capabilities to turn you into a true leader of the future and develop your career within Nissan.
By taking just 5 minutes to complete the short application form on the Careers Gateway  you could be selected to take part in this visit and gain an exclusive insight into the company, pick up some great inside information to make you stand out on your application form and in your interview and get in front of Nissan recruiters.
You can also ask more questions about the roles available and find out which would be most interesting to you personally to apply to.
This opportunity is much less competitive than most insight schemes with it being open to just York students and it will look great on your CV.
Plus – you get free transport directly from campus and back organised by Careers.
There will then be follow-on Nissan sessions after the visit that you can book on to help you prepare for their assessment centre if you decide to apply for their programmes.
How to Apply
Apply on the Careers Gateway through the Exclusive Opportunities @ York tab. It will take you 5 minutes to complete the form – it’s very basic asking for your motivations for applying for the visit and your current experience both through work and extra curricular activity.
Apply now. Applications close 20th October.
Nissan opportunities 
To view details of Nissan’s graduate and placement programmes, click here.