Guest blog: 6 ways to make the most of your final year at university


 Guest blog written by Bridgewater Graduates

Those first few years at the University of York do fly by and before you know it, the all-important final year arrives. Your final year is a tough one filled with harder assignments, dissertations and exams that could have a big impact on your future. On top of all this, you’re probably worrying about what you are going to do next year!

Take a deep breath because final year doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. To really make the most of it, you should:

Stay focused

You know that this is an important year and if you want to end it with a fantastic degree classification, you’ll have to step it up and stay focused. Final year is more about individual studying and research. You can’t rely on just your lecture notes carrying you through.

The key is to get organised (which is easier said than done for some of us). Say goodbye to the all-nighters and make a plan that gives you plenty of time to hand in your assignments. If you’re organised, you’ll really be able to perform at your best.

Remember, at the end of the year you’ll want an impressive degree grade to show off to potential employers.

Have fun

There’s more to university than studying. The partying doesn’t have to stop in your final year and getting/staying involved in social events, sports clubs (bring on Roses!) and activities is important. Not only are these things fun for you, but employers like to hear about your hobbies and interests on your CV.

Find the balance

Your final year is the perfect time to start practising your work-life balance. Too much partying will have a negative impact on your grades, too much time shut up in the library will leave feeling bored and miserable.

By organising your days and increasing your productivity, you’ll be able to get out and enjoy your evenings.

Tackle the big decisions

There’s no point burying your head in the sand, your time at uni is coming to an end. The big question that every final year has to face is, what’s next?

If you haven’t made a decision yet, it’s time to think about your career options. If you’re struggling to decide what direction you would like to go career-wise or need help getting started, visit your university careers department and have a chat with an advisor. You can also try taking a personality test to see what types of careers suit you.

Find out what employers want

Your degree means that you can apply for graduate jobs, but employers want to see so much more than that. What you’ll need to demonstrate are the transferable skills you’ve developed during your time at university, like the ones on this soft skills list.

To get a better idea of what skills employers are looking for, start browsing some relevant job adverts early. If there are any desirable skills that you need to work on you’ll have time to do it in your final year.

Gain work experience

Your work experience will help you to stand out from the crowd when it’s time to apply for graduate roles. Make an effort to get some relevant work experience now, and you’ll reap the benefits later.

This article was written by Bridgewater Graduates who offer sales, management and a variety of other commercial graduate jobs with market-leading businesses across the UK and Ireland.

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My placement experience (part 2)


 Focusing in on your placement year search, the application process and decisions based around getting a placement alongside your studies can raise lots of questions. We have advice from another student who has been where you are now and has completed her placement year and returned for her final year of study.

Lucy, Management Student, Digital Marketing Placement at Warner Bros.

I knew I wanted to do Digital Marketing, I have my own blog and was really passionate about getting a placement to help me stand out in the graduate market when applying for digital marketing roles in the future. I was really passionate about going into a field I was interested in so used that to narrow my search. I applied to 5 placements, but with my first application I was rejected. I ended up getting an offer from both L’Oreal and Warner Bros. and had to decide which company was the best fit for me. I chose Warner Bros. because the placement was a broader role within Digital Marketing which is what I wanted.

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My placement experience


Focusing in on your placement year search, the application process and decisions based around getting a placement alongside your studies can raise lots of questions. We have advice from students who have been where you are now, and have completed their placement year and returned for their final year of study. 

Anya, Physics Student, Student Recruitment Placement at PwC 

I applied for 15 placements and got through to one assessment centre from my applications, PwC! I’m really glad I completed a placement year, I have gained a lot of confidence through the experience and feel more prepared than I expected to move into employment. I threw myself in the deep end and gained fantastic communication and commercial skills. I had constant challenges and a lot of responsibility in my job which I loved, there was never a dull day.

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GUEST BLOG: Why do you want to work for this company?


 Guest blog written by: Jane Dowson, Student Recruitment Advisor at EY

Why do you want to work for our company?” – What are employers looking for when they ask this question?

It’s a question that you’re going to hear for years to come when you enter the world of employment. “Why do you want to work for our company? It’s also a question that many people find really difficult to answer, but it shouldn’t be. The fact is that employers merely looking for the truth.

Why do we ask these question to begin with?

Simply put, employers get a huge amount of interest for a small amount of roles. Many initial applications are quite clearly copied and pasted and speculatively sent around an array of other organisations too. These are easy to spot and immediately raise concerns that the candidate doesn’t really know, or worse, care what they are actually applying for. Asking the question means we can find out whether you really do want to come and work for us.

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GUEST BLOG: Five top tips to make your job application stand out


 Guest blog written by Liz Jarrold, Enterprise Rent-a-Car

So you’ve done your research, you know the company you want to work for and you’ve found your ideal role. Now it’s time to take the first official step to starting your new career. Here are five top tips to help you with your online application.

Tip 1: Apply Now

At Enterprise, our graduate management trainee programme  is open all year round but it is important to leave enough time to apply for your chosen location. A timely application demonstrates your organisational skills, your commitment and your eagerness, and think how good it would feel to have received a graduate job offer before you set up camp in the library at the end of your second semester?

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Guest blog: Why do a placement?


 Guest blog written by Nicole Ell, Graduate & Placement Recruitment Coordinator, Nissan

Undertaking a placement is a big decision for some, and an obvious choice for others.

It offers you the chance to gain valuable experience spending time working for an employer and carrying out duties or tasks as any other employee of the company would. Arguably the information gained and skills learned whilst on a placement can be as important as anything you will have learned in education and it is a fantastic opportunity to put that theory into practice. Good quality placements usually offer set objectives for you to achieve and provide an appraisal or other feedback at the end.

The benefits of a placement are endless, with more and more people finishing university with a 2.1 or above, a placement is a great way to get a head start in our competitive job market.

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Why all York students should consider a Placement Year


 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.

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