The Insider Intern: Hattie Patten-Chatfield

The Face behind the Facebook : An Introduction 

Hattie Patten-Chatfield

A classic B&W filter, to hide the hair-dye malfunction I suffered for Halloween. Don’t ask.

The brilliant thing about working at Careers and Placements is that I don’t feel like the ‘intern’ or the ‘temporary’…

Graduating from the Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance course here at York in July 2017 was an extremely daunting and nerve-wracking moment.

My world of routine, society socials and friends being only a stone’s throw away was suddenly taken away from me and I was plummeted into the dark depths of graduate unemployment. (It wasn’t as bad as that, but more on that later…)

I was lucky enough to notice, apply for and then be offered a year-long internship at Careers and Placements, where my official title is ‘Graduate Intern: Communications and Student Engagement’.

This isn’t the first time I have been an intern, though. In the past I have worked for companies that very much treat you as an ‘intern’ – the person who photocopies, makes tea and coffee, but not much else.

The brilliant thing about working at Careers and Placements is that I don’t feel like the ‘intern’ or the ‘temporary’. I am treated as an official staff member and am trusted and respected, whilst also being given huge responsibilities.

In a nutshell, my role here involves updating and scheduling our social media accounts (do you know we have an Instagram, by the way?), organizing and managing our Career Brand Ambassadors and generally working on ways to gather feedback from students and generating new ways of engaging them. This may sound easy enough, but trust me – it’s not as simple as you may think.

However there is a lot more to my role, and to Careers and Placements, than first meets the eye.

I hope that you will follow me as I begin to use our blog to showcase the life of an intern here at the university, and give you a unique insight into the service and group of people who help you to find employment.

Watch this space for future posts. It was nice meeting you!

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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy External events and news you might be interested in.

Careers fairs and events

Great Opportunities is an interactive careers event for ambitious First Year students who have a disability or long-term health condition. Free to attend (with travel expenses reimbursed), the event will take place on Fri 24 June (10.45am – 4.00)pm in Central London. See for more info.

UK Joint University Hong Kong Career Societyannual career fair on 6 August (11am – 6pm) in Kowloon Tong.

Freelancers’ Fair (BECTU’s Writers, Producers and Directors’ branch) – 27 May (9am – 6pm) at Royal Institution, London. Free to BECTU members and £14.80 for non-members. Full programme available at

Career events ahead

UoY Careers Note & Pen Check out events for the week ahead. More can be found at:

Skills courses

Careers workshops/briefings

 Departmental events

STUDENT BLOG: Applying to the BBC

UoY Careers Rocket illy Student blog written by Grace Winpenny, TFTV

BBC PTS Application Process – from the VRT to the first round of interviews!

The Verbal Reasoning Test

I was extremely surprised to receive an invitation to complete the VRT around mid-January 2015. We had a week to complete the test and had the opportunity to do practice tests. I did the practice test and performed abysmally. I then did as many other free practice tests as I could find, read anything, and did practise 11+ Grammar School tests to get in the right mind set. I completed the test in the silent area of the library the night before the deadline, turned all social media off and concentrated fully on the test. Use all the time and put an answer for everything, even if you are guessing – it’s multiple choice!

Tip – have your screen at its biggest so you can see your remaining time as well as the questions! Also, do the practice tests in the same conditions as you will do your actual test. Do the test in good time, if there’s a technical fault you need to be as stress-free as possible to perform to your full potential.

At the end of February (after weeks of hearing nothing, whilst some of my friends had received ‘no’s) I received a phone call from a private number inviting me to interview! I remember squealing loudly with excitement but not much else. Fortunately they sent all the required information through email and on the Careers Hub page. This was the general gist of what it said:

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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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