Working in…

UoY Careers Ladder illy If you’re interested in working in any of the following sectors:

  • Media, journalism & publishing
  • Arts & heritage
  • Environment & sustainability

you can’t afford to miss our Working in… event next week.

  • Date: Thursday 26 February
  • Time: 6.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: Physics & Exhibition Centre.

The evening starts with three question & answer panels (running simultaneously), with professionals answering your questions on what it’s like to work in these sectors. Then you can grab a drink and chat informally with the panel members.

Many of the professionals attending are York alumni – so a great chance to discuss your next steps with someone who’s been in your shoes.

There’s no need to book, but it helps if you do – we can then order enough refreshments for everyone!

Check out further details, including who’s going to be there at Working in web page.


Arts and Humanities 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!

  • Archaeology
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Monday 12 Jan (Week 2), 2-3pm, K/155
    CV writing for archaeologists – Monday 26 Jan (Week 4), 4-5pm, K/133
  • English and Related Literature
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Friday 16 Jan (Week 2), 1-2pm, F.R. Leavis Room
  • History
    Careers drop-in – Wednesday 28 Jan (Week 4), 11am-12, Vanbrugh 1st floor seating
  • History of Art
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Mon. 19 Jan (Week 3), 11am -12, airport lounge (outside VN227)
    Marketing yourself to Arts & Heritage employers – Monday 2 Feb (Week 5), 9-10am, BS/005
  • Language and Linguistic Science
    Careers appointments – Tues. 13 Jan (Week 2), 10am-12.30pm, in Careers building
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 Feb (Week 5), 10-11am, A/EW/004
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 Feb (Week 5), 2-3pm, A/EW/004
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 (Week 5) Feb, 5-6pm, A/EW/004
  • Philosophy
    What you need to know about careers NOW! for 1st years – Tues. 3-4pm, (Week 2) W/222
  • Careers drop in for 3rd year students Thursday 5 Feb (Week 5) SB/A/109 (Prof Peter Lamarque’s Office)

Full details of all events in Careers Gateway.

*Date for your diaryWorking in… Arts and Heritage, Media, Journalism and Publishing event, Thursday 26 February (Week 8)


Careers in the Arts Snippets

  • New for 2015! Job hunting for Languages roles has been made easier with an update to Careers Gateway. Now you can select Languages & TEFL in Business area to quickly narrow down your search for suitable jobs. Login today and try it out
  • Career opportunities related to your History degree
  • Do you have what it takes to become a journalist?
  • Don’t miss our free Breaking News journalism workshop in Week 5 (booking opens Week 3 and places are limited!)
  • Music graduates are more employable than you might think!


General Careers news

Win £4,000 with Careers’ competitions!
You could soon be putting a spring in your step with our exciting competitions this term. There’s a total of £4,000 to be won! The Freelance Challenge is a competition for all budding freelancers with a £1,000 top prize and then there’s the return of Plan ENVY, the University of York’s business plan competition which has £3,000 in prizes. If you’re struggling for ideas, come along to the first ENVY workshop on idea generation on Thursday 5 February (Week 5), 17:00 – 19:00 in P/T/005.

Local volunteering opportunities – apply now with York Students in Communities
Applications open Tuesday Week 2 (13 January) for volunteer roles across York via York Students in Communities. Search across our 5 areas of heritage, conservation, young people, public sector and causes to find the perfect role for you! Opportunities include: Block placements with Jorvik Viking Centre, Conservation with St Nicks, Team project with the National Railway Museum. See the full range and apply via York Students in Communities.


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CAREERS BLOG: Top Tips for working in Arts Administration

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Copland, Careers Adviser, Careers. 

This blog was first posted in August 2014. 

For many people, working in the Arts is inspiring, exciting, rewarding and more of a way of life than a job. If you share that passion, here’s some top tips from industry insiders:

1) There’s no set career path- most people start at the bottom and work their way up, seizing opportunities for progression as they arise. Being both proactive and resilient is highly important in order to capitalise on networks and opportunities but also recover from setbacks like redundancies or short term contracts ending.

2) Be prepared to muck in! Having a positive attitude and being flexible is essential as limited resources can mean working long hours and helping out in other areas. For example, a curator of a regional museum recounted unblocking the toilets in his ageing building on numerous occasions and the director of a national music centre still picks up litter in her venue.

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Word Experience for budding writers

Hello, we’re The Writer (, the world’s biggest language consultancy. We’re looking for second-year undergraduates to come to our two-day Word Experience on 10th and 11th April 2014.

We’ll show you how you can make a career out of writing for business. By giving you plenty of writing exercises, linguistic brainstorms and home-made pecha kuchas* to get your teeth into. We might even get you working with us on a live project.

(*Google has the answer).

Keep reading if:

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How we work with departments to support you

Each department has a named Careers Adviser who works closely with it to decide on relevant careers-related activities to support you each academic year. 

Alongside our central session of careers activities which are open to everyone, we offer a range of tailored sessions in each academic department each term. Examples include CV sessions where you get the chance to see and review sample CVs reflecting your degree and related career areas; and sessions focusing on finding work experience based on your degree discipline.

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