Guest blog: Summer Opportunities Fair


 Careers brand ambassador, Seri, gives some insight into this week’s summer opps fair.

When and Where?

Join us at the Ron Cooke Hub, Hes East, from 1pm until 4pm on Wednesday 25thJanuary!

Who should come?

Everyone! The fair has opportunities for everyone – no matter your year of study!

What can you expect?

Working together with the Centre for Global Programmes, Careers and Placements will showcase a variety of different summer opportunities. From local to international volunteering schemes, paid and unpaid work experience, to summer camps and study abroad opportunities (amongst much more!), there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!

Why should you come?

Making the most of your summer doesn’t have to be boring, take it from me! I spent the summer between my second and third year volunteering with the International Citizen Service in Tanzania. Volunteering in itself was a humbling and interesting experience but alongside the trials and tribulations of living abroad – amidst some of the biggest cockroaches I’ve ever seen – it became both a challenging and rewarding opportunity.

The options at the fair are vast so even coming along just to open your eyes to what’s out there will be useful. If volunteering abroad isn’t for you then why not consider some work experience opportunities or studying abroad? Whilst building your knowledge, skills and experience is beneficial for maximising your employability, these opportunities provide much more than just something to put on your CV – you could have the best summer of your life!

Who’ll be there?

  • Abroad Internships
  • BUNAC
  • Camp America
  • Camp Leaders
  • Careers/SIB
  • CCUSA
  • Centre for Global Programmes
  • Childreach
  • CRCC Asia
  • East African Playground
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Frontier
  • Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange – ICYE-UK
  • International Service
  • Kaya Responsible Travel
  • NCS with The Challenge
  • NFU Mutual
  • PwC
  • SKIP – Supporting Kids in Peru
  • Smaller Earth
  • Target Jobs
  • Teach First
  • Think Pacific
  • Travelteer
  • USA Summer Camp
  • Year Out India
  • YUSU

See, I told you there will be something for everyone!

 

How can you make the most of it?

1)      Make sure you come along! Even if you aren’t looking to do anything this summer, something might catch your eye!

2)      Be open-minded. Some opportunities will ask you to step out of your comfort zone but sometimes these are the opportunities that help us flourish the most!

3)     Explore! Having a good look around will give you plenty of ideas but don’t be afraid to have a chat with the representatives and ask them plenty of questions.

The Summer Opportunities fair is a fantastic opportunity in itself, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming to join us on Wednesday! Good luck, I hope you find the opportunity of a lifetime!

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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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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Job scams are targeting students and graduates: keep safe online


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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:

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Charity training worth £1100 is now free to current students


Thanks to a generous grant, Child.org will be able to offer Charity Apprentice 2017 for free to students who dream of working to change the world for the better.

The international development charity Child.org have spent two years working with experts from across the sector to develop Charity Apprentice: a course that anyone can do in their spare time to gain entry-level charity skills. A combination of online learning and fun real-life challenges, Charity Apprentice is a must for anyone considering a career in the sector and covers topics ranging from fundraising regulation and marketing to sustainable development and effective advocacy.

Heather Kelly, current Charity Apprentice, graduated from the University of York in 2016 where she studied History. She said:

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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


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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 – careers@york.ac.uk – and we will share your success.