A guide to graduate job hunting


Now graduation is over you may have turned your attention to the little matter of job hunting. Here are some handy tips on getting started.

Know what sort of job you want and in what sector?

If you’re not sure what type of job and for what type of company, check out the Get Ideas of the Careers website. Here you’ll find exercises to help you think about what’s right for you. The job sector pages give you background information on a variety of occupational areas and our York profiles give you an insight into the range of jobs York alumni have entered.

Where do I find jobs advertised?

There are lots of graduate level jobs advertised on a host of online jobs sites. Our information sheet, Finding graduate job vacancies, gives a list of suggested general job sites, including Careers gateway, Prospects, TargetJobs and lots more.

Depending on the sector you want to work in, you might be better checking job sites which are particular to certain industries and services. The job sector pages will give you links to specialist sites.

The things nobody tells you

There are some details, which aren’t often covered in advice to graduates. These include busting a few myths around graduate job hunting (“all the jobs are in London”, “I’ve missed all the opportunities”, “all my peers have got jobs”, etc) and what employers really want from candidates.

Some of these issues are tackled in the job hunting toolkit, along with understanding job sdverts and how best to use job sites.

Getting the job

Making applications is only the first stage on, what can be, a long recruitment process. Help with writing a CV or completing a form to sitting aptitude tests and attending interviews is available on the apply for jobs web pages and the info sheets linked from each page go into more detail.

Keeping it local

If you’re keen to stay in York(shire), Yorkshire Graduates advertises vacancies in the region.  Other regional sites include Inspiring Interns (for Manchester and the north of England, as well as London), Graduate Advantage (Midlands), Unlocking Potential (Cornwall); if you’re using national sites, eg Graduate Talent Pool, you can often filter by location.

International work

Whether you’re an international graduate returning home or any nationality looking to work outside of the UK, use the international work resources for vacancy sites and advice.

For international students considering working in the UK, it’s important to read through the information about options and visas on our pages for international students.

Unsure of your next move?

You might feel you’re not ready to start job-hunting yet, and need more time to be sure of your direction.  So, if you need to talk to someone here in Careers, please give us a call on 01904 322685.

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GUEST BLOG: Chinese students: Advice from graduates in China


This post was originally published a few years ago – but the advice from our Chinese graduates is still good if you’re thinking about your return to China:

Seven million new graduates will enter the job market in China this year. If you are a Chinese student at York you might already be thinking about the move back home at the end of your course – and considering how you can make the move from education into employment successfully.

Through our Graduate Profiles database we have collected some interesting insights from former Chinese graduates who have already successfully returned home to find work.  Here’s what they say:

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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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Twitter – @UoYCareers

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GUEST BLOG: Being a brand manager


 Guest blog written by Rebecca Lawes (English & Philosophy), Frontline Brand Manager

What appealed to you about being a Frontline Brand Manager? 

Being able to promote a really influential charity appealed to me because I really wanted a part time job that made a real difference, but that was still well paid and flexible. The opportunity to speak to students who are really passionate about changing the lives of vulnerable children also appealed to me, as I really liked the idea of my part time university job being rewarding and interesting. There are lots of brand ambassador opportunities available, but to me just promoting a big company or product seemed like a very hard sales kind of role that I would just not have been as passionate about. Working for a prestigious charity that is completely unique in what it does is much more exciting! It also appealed to me because the hours are flexible and I can completely set my own timetable and workload but I get paid National Living Wage, which is often hard to find in the third sector.

What have you learnt from being a Brand Manager?

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Grad schemes: are they for you?


Thanks to Jacob Turner, Careers Information Desk Intern, who made some great notes for us at our recent panel event: Are grad schemes for you?

 

Employer panel:

  • Mark Page- TJX Europe (TK Maxx), Senior Talent Acquisition
  • Elin Williams- Civil Service Fast Stream, Senior Cohort Leader
  • Hannah Dillon- L’Oreal, Campus Ambassador
  • Pash Selopal- Frontline, Recruitment Officer
  • Kathryn Walmsley- PwC, Student Recruitment Officer

What is a Grad scheme?

  • A structured period of training and development, often rotating around different departments, may involve placements overseas, structure may vary according to employer.
  • TJX Europe’s schemes are segregated and specific with a lot of early responsibility, allowing participants to train and develop skills relevant to a specific area of the business.
  • Fast Track schemes aim to attract future leaders, allowing graduates with great potential to begin working with early responsibility, and to develop personally and professionally, whilst increasing their profile within the business. Often such schemes are structured to ensure that passionate graduates are able to be themselves and learn skills throughout various areas of the business.
  • Certain schemes are more general. The Civil Service Fast Stream Generalist scheme ensures that graduates attempt a varied group of jobs throughout the service. They recruit from any degree subject. The scheme includes 4 six month placements, giving you the opportunity to try out different things and see what fits you, whilst developing an understanding of the different areas within the Civil Service.

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Latest Careers News – Summer Week 10


ideaLatest news from Careers

Don’t worry, we are open through the Summer Vacation!

There are appointments running through the Summer, but on a reduced scale. Please see the ‘Appointments this week’ for the duty times and the  vacation opening times on the website for when we are open.

Coming soon…

We will be running weekly drop-in appointments for International students who have questions about working in the UK after their studies. Check the website for more details.

Don’t miss out…

With the end of exam season and a long summer holiday ahead, make the most of your summer and get #GradJobReady! Internship opportunities come in a variety of flavours, so take a look and find the right one for you.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Careers Gateway (Exclusive Opportunities @York tab) for Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities currently being advertised. You can also keep up to date by liking our Facebook Page.

In other news…


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Newcastle University Graduate Recruitment Fair

York students welcome to attend Newcastle University Graduate Recruitment Fair on 13 June at 10.30am – 2.30pm in Newcastle. 50 graduate employers with jobs on offer! (The train to Newcastle from York  takes around 1 hour and run regularly throughout the day)

GSK Residential Training Experience 2016

Fully funded week long training course (11 – 16 September) designed to give you practical experience of the work of a graduate chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.

You should be entering your final year of study in September 2016 to be eligible. For an application form email uzy55557@gsk.com and return completed form no later than 17 June 2016.

Bursary available to support unpaid internships or low paid work in human rights law

2016 HRLA Bursary Scheme is now open!  Current students at any level or recent graduates are eligible. The bursary will allow the successful applicants to undertake work related to human rights law that they would otherwise be unable to afford to do. Full details at Human Rights Lawyers Association website, closing date is 5.00pm, 13 June 2016.

Interested to engineer the next tech revolution?

HP R & D Academy is now open for applications from top engineering graduates.  Share an unforgettable international experience with HP Barcelona 11 – 15 July 2016, in Barcelona., taking part in interactive case-based assessments and workshops, tours. You should be a graduating student from Computer Science or Electronic Engineering. Outstanding applicants will be offered a 2 year, fully funded training programme.