Decoding our Events Programme


Every term Careers and Placements organises events on campus. Now that we’re in week 5, you may have seen emails and social media about some of our careers events so far or you may have been to an event or careers fair. We’ve organised over 100 of them for this term alone!  If you haven’t been to a careers event before or you’re not sure they’re for you, here we’ll explain what they are, the different types and what you can expect to happen at them.

Events in your department – information talks led by a Careers Consultant. These focus on career essentials but are tailored to the department you’re studying in. Some examples of topics covered include, making job applications, CVs, interview skills and career options. You’ll find details of these on your timetable and they’re also listed on Careers Gateway.

Skills and Information sessions: Highlight and explore a particular skill or profession e.g. teacher training applications, career planning, enterprise and assessment centre exercises

Employer presentations: promotional talks from a single organisation. Sometimes they focus on a particular skill sought by the company. They provide a good insight into the culture and recruitment process and if it’s a company you’re thinking of applying to, go and meet the staff and use the opportunity to find out as much as you can to help sharpen up your application. Likewise if you’re not sure whether you want to apply to the company, use the opportunity to find out more about them and whether they would be a good fit for you.

UoY_Careers - Careers Fair - October 2018_Alex Holland-95Careers Fairs: large scale recruitment events that focus on a particular sector. We run three fairs in the Autumn term – Law, Technology and a general Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair. At a careers fair, you will encounter large companies with established graduate recruitment schemes who take on a sizeable cohort of new graduate recruits each year.

Panel or networking events: these events bring together speakers from a particular industry and aim to give you an idea of what it’s like to work in that area and how to get there. We try to focus on sectors that typically you wouldn’t see at a careers fair. In the past we have focused on media, arts and heritage, environment and sustainability and also non-profit and public sector. We invite York alumni and individuals to these events who can talk about their own experiences of their role and sector. If you want to find out about a particular industry or what a role involves or just to get an idea of the type of person who works there and the culture of an organisation. You can get all the basics off a company’s website but you can find out so much more from meeting people in the flesh.

 

What’s coming up this week?

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With input from graduate recruiters, come and experience some of the activities used at assessment centres. The event will consist of three employer-led workshops focusing on a particular exercise you could encounter at an assessment centre. Featured employers include Charityworks, Bank of England and Teach First.

You can see a list of what else will be happening under the Events menu in Careers Gateway or in the What’s On section on our website.

 

 

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Careers fairs – what are the benefits?


LawCareersFairSo, the next few weeks see the career fairs making their appearance this Autumn. Which means lots of employers on campus, showcasing their graduate jobs, placement year offerings and internship opportunities.

Obviously a recruitment fair is not the only way to find work – you can search for vacancies online or even have them sent direct to your inbox, and you can read up on companies via their websites.

So why go to a fair?

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you pardon the expression!)

You can’t find out about a company and the roles they’re offering any more direct than at a fair. Also, you’ll get a better feel for the culture of the firm and whether it’s a good fit for you.

In your shoes

Often employer reps attending fairs include current graduate trainees, who can give you an idea of what it’s really like to work there. As they were in your shoes only a year or so ago they know what sorts of things are important for you to find out. Their personal insight can tell you so much more than the company website.

Which leads us on to…

Questions their websites can’t answer

You may get a useful amount of basic information from a company website, but what happens if you’ve got further questions? It can be difficult to contact the company and ask them. Speaking to employers at a fair can answer those questions much quicker and more easily.

Make a good impression

Talking with employers in the informal environment of a fair makes it more personal and allows you to show your enthusiasm and interest outside of the pressure of the formal recruitment process.

Don’t know where to start?

If you’re unsure of what to say to employers, the fact that there are lots of other students about, means you can listen-in on some of the questions they ask, to give you some ideas. Plus the format of the fairs means it’s quite acceptable to listen-in without appearing impolite!

All the fun of the fair

Career fairs are usually lively and busy and are actually quite good fun, so why not give them a go?

By the way…

Be sure to do a little reading-up on the companies attending, so you know at least what they do. Employers soon get tired of hearing the opening question of “what does your company do?” – especially when you could have found that out beforehand.

We’ve got more info about preparing for fairs in our information sheet, Making the most of careers and recruitment fairs.

GUEST BLOG: Chinese students: Advice from graduates in China


This post was originally published a few years ago – but the advice from our Chinese graduates is still good if you’re thinking about your return to China:

Seven million new graduates will enter the job market in China this year. If you are a Chinese student at York you might already be thinking about the move back home at the end of your course – and considering how you can make the move from education into employment successfully.

Through our Graduate Profiles database we have collected some interesting insights from former Chinese graduates who have already successfully returned home to find work.  Here’s what they say:

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GUEST BLOG: How to talk to employers at a careers fair


 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.

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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: 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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