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.
Guest blog post by Sophie Hudson, Head of Marketing at TalentPool.
Over the past few years there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of university leavers turning away from the larger, more traditional graduate employers in favour of working for a smaller company. With 9/10 graduate opportunities currently found in startups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), there is a growing awareness amongst recent graduates of the benefits of being a part of a small team. These include the development of a wide skill set, the ability to really make an impact on the business and the high levels of responsibility given from an early stage, to name a few.
So, with all these opportunities out there, what do smaller businesses actually look for when they’re hiring? We’ve rounded up the top 5 for you to take into consideration if you’re thinking of applying to a startup or SME.
Guest blog written by CharityJob
What comes into you head when you think of charity work? Is it volunteer work? High street shops? Do you fear reduced career prospects and a low salary?
Well, it’s time to change your expectations because the charity & not-for-profit sector is a fantastically unique and diverse sector where many dedicated individuals have found long and fulfilling careers. Many jobs are paid and hardly any of them in are in high street charity shops, these are a minor element of a charity’s operation.
So, you’re not going to be wiling a way a quiet afternoon on your local high street (well, unless that’s what you really want!) a charity sector job could be your ticket to making a difference in the world, through a career you really love! The variety of work is wide-ranging and exciting, paid opportunities regularly open up in a number of areas, each of these can be a rewarding alternative to a corporate career.
You could end up working in education jobs, youth jobs, housing jobs, disability jobs, environment jobs, arts jobs and many other exciting areas. That said, volunteer work is available and can be extremely fulfilling, it can also be your way into the sector. However, you need to bear in mind that this is not always the case: there are many paid career options in the charity sector, which could be your route into a job you truly love.
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.
York Award. You probably feel like you’re seeing or hearing about this every way you turn. It’s true, but there’s a good reason why we bang on about it so much!
Most students from their first year at University do lots of things besides their academic studies and these can be useful opportunities to develop skills which employers value. It’s these activities that can be used in a York Award application from.
- The York Award is an official University award
- It shows you’re a proactive individual, who’s up for a challenge
- You could win a place on the new York Futures scheme’s personal development day
- There’s a chance to apply for an Achieving Excellence Bursary of £2,100
- Employers are interested in the York Award and what it says about you
- You can help your college win the York Award Trophy for the college with the most applicants
The simple application form asks you to give personal evidence of the following skills and qualities.
- Team working
- Contributing to the university community
- Employer engagement
- Problem solving
In the second part of the form you can choose two additional skills to demonstrate from your experience. These are:
Okay, so ideally you’d like to have a holiday at some point in the summer vacation and rightly so. What with a full academic year of assignments, essays, tutorials, lectures and exams – you’ve earned the break.
However, with 13 weeks of vacation, it’s also an ideal time to get some work experience in whatever shape that comes. Work experience can give you:
- An insight into a particular type of work or sector
- Extra cash (yes, lots of internships and summer jobs are paid)
- Skills and experience to add to your CV and to use in future applications.
Lots of graduate recruiters offer summer internships of anything up to 3 months and these, more formal, structured schemes, are important in gaining experience and understanding of a large company. Some employers also use them as way of recruiting to their graduate programmes, so that’s why you’ll hear a lot about this type of work experience.