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:
Guest blog written by Jessica Chatburn, Second Year Archaeology & Heritage student
University is so much than going to classes and getting a degree. It is about developing who you are as a person, experiencing new things, and challenging yourself beyond that of your degree. Not only will you have tonnes of fun doing extra things like joining a society or evening running one, but it will look great on your CV’s to employers and you can even earn an award for it!
The York Award is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your university experience and get recognition for your hard work which is a super self-proud moment. My experience of applying and filling out the York award applications was definitely positive. The form is easy and simple to fill out and doesn’t take up a lot of time. The ability to save and edit the form any time before the deadline was handy as it allows you to complete it in stages and even edit and improve the form if things pop into mind or you gain a better skill example.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will share your success.
Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers
As this academic year draws to a close, we take the chance to look back at the highlights of another busy year.
October saw three recruitment fairs, bringing over 100 employers to campus, not including all the individual employer presentations, skills courses and social activities that ran throughout the year.
Working in… brought York alumni and other professionals to give students the benefit of their wisdom about careers in advertising, marketing & PR; health professions; criminal justice work; research; and small businesses.
Check out events for the week ahead
Latest news from Careers…
Apply now to volunteer in a local school next term
Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.
Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website
Internships this summer in York
The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, see Careers Gateway