GUEST BLOG: Becoming a Social Worker with Frontline

 Guest blog written by Rhiannon Stokes, York graduate, FrontlineUoY Careers Ladder illy 

Rhiannon Stokes studied Applied Social Sciences at the University of York and joined Frontline’s Leadership Development programme as part of the 2015 cohort. Here Rhiannon shares her experience of applying to Frontline, the journey that led her to apply, and how she found the application process.

I was a student at York in James College from 2007-2010, studying Applied Social Sciences (Children & Young People). I chose this course as I had an interest in sociology, and thought that I might want to do social work in the future, but didn’t feel ready to study social work at 19. I loved my degree and its ‘applied’ nature, to me it felt like I was studying things that actually mattered. Wanting to make the most of my spare time at university I completed lots of voluntary work: YSIS, tea & coffee club for the elderly, youth work with York City Council, James College Christian Union and a local housing charity.

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Science and Technology Careers Newsletter: win £4,000, talk to Careers staff, volunteering work experience

Departmental Careers Events: Weeks 2 – 5 (12 Jan – 6 Feb)

These events are specifically tailored to your department – don’t miss out!


  • First years – Introduction to Careers! Wed 14 Jan, 3-4pm PX/001
  • Introduction to the Employability Tutorial, Fri 23 Jan, 1-2pm, G/169


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Thu 15 Jan, 2-3pm G/169
  • Getting Work Experience, Wed 21 Jan, 11am-12pm, D/L/028


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Thu 15 Jan, 3-4pm C/A/101


  • First years – Everything you need to know about Careers NOW!  Mon 19 Jan, 4-5pm B/020


  • First years – Introduction to employability, Tue 27 Jan, 10:00 – 11:30am or 11:30 – 1pm (Please note – students are allocated to a specific session) B/R/012

Computer Science

  • Final years and Masters – CV Writing Weds 28 Jan, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Book by selecting this in your Employability Audit and venue details will then be forwarded to you)
  • Final years and Masters – Interview Training Weds 11 Feb, 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Book by selecting this in your Employability Audit and venue details will then be forwarded to you)
  • Careers appointments on Heslington East campus Thur 29 Jan 1pm – 2:30pm (Book via Careers Gateway)
  • First years – What you need to know about Careers NOW! Thur 12 Feb 1:30pm – 2:30pm CSE/270


  • First years – what you need to know about Careers now! Tue 20 Jan, 1 – 2pm, P/L/001
    Thales – mock assessment centre for second year students
    Thur 22 January 12 – 2pm, D/L/036 – you must book place in advance


  • Second years – Internships, work experience and careers Wed 21 Jan 11am – 12 noon P/L/001


Science and Technology Careers Snippets

Advice from employers specifically to Maths students A series of videos from employers giving advice on what they are looking for in a graduate, what experience it is useful to have and explanations of industrial placements and graduate schemes.

Explore a variety of careers in Science and Research. Profiles of up to 39 careers based in science and research including how to get started and what’s involved.

Search for a Star programming competition for students who want to break into the games industry. Applications need to be in by 15 January!

NHS Scientist Training Programme for Medical Physics event, Friday 16 January, Newcastle. An opportunity to meet current STP trainees and talk about their experiences, as well as discovering more about unique opportunities available and how to apply! To find out more click

NHS STP – applications now open. Deadline 30 January.

Looking for an internship or year in industry placement ? Try the Cogent website

Environmental careers update – the ENDS website has some useful reports on the state of the environmental careers market.


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Nursing Recruitment Fair – 11th-12th November

The rcnbulletin jobs fair covers all areas of the nursing profession. There will be over 40 exhibitors from NHS trusts, charities, the armed forces, recruitment agencies and the private health sector. There will also be a series of free careers seminars on topics including job searching tips and how to get your CV to the top of the pile.

  • 11 and 12 November
  • New dock, Leeds
  • Free entry

For further information and to register, visit:

CAREERS BLOG: Searching for science-related vacancies

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Janice Simpson, Careers Adviser, Careers

If you’re a science student it can sometimes feel that there aren’t many graduate job opportunities out there, despite regular reports in the media stating that STEM students are in demand.  So what’s going on and how do you find job opportunities?

It’s important to remember that scientific organisations are all different and all have their own policies and practices when it comes to recruitment. Some may see recruitment fairs and generalist recruitment websites as appropriate for their needs, but many won’t, and will seek out more specialist recruitment sources or recruit from within as far as possible. One graduate recently told us that her company only ever recruited externally as a last resort, preferring to recruit students who had undertaken year in industry placements, internships or attended insight events.

So, if you’re looking for jobs (and internships), the first part of this blog will give you some ideas of where to look for advertised opportunities, while the second part will look at more creative ways to find and create opportunities.

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CAREERS BLOG: Resource Review – New Scientist

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog by Hilary Neary, Information Assistant, Careers

Most people have heard of New Scientist magazine. It has a global readership and is a common sight on newsagent’s shelves. We also subscribe to New Scientist at Careers and have the weekly edition available for students to browse as well as a back catalogue of previous copies that students are welcome to come in and read.

What is New Scientist?

New Scientist magazine is a weekly publication covering most areas of science including biology, chemistry, physics, technology, health and public policy. It is not a scientific journal but a magazine that could be read by scientists or non-scientists alike. In fact, New Scientist’s mission statement is to “report, explore and interpret the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture” thus making it an excellent and comprehensible source of information on what has been happening in the science community as a whole.

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Showcase your skills

Have your work showcased at the Skills for Care Annual Conference. Work experience is also up for grabs.

MyKindaCrowd and Skills for Care are asking you to design a unique piece of marketing collateral that will inspire young people to move into a career in adult social care.

The prize:

  • you will have the opportunity to work with the Skills for Care marketing team to develop your work, which will be showcased at the conference
  • work experience in a social care setting.

See for more information.