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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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 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.


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Summer Recruitment Fair (sponsored by Aldi)

Our Summer Recruitment Fair is taking place on Monday 6 June. This is a great opportunity to meet employers offering internships, placements, graduate and casual summer roles. If you haven’t got your summer sorted yet, this is the event for you. Find out who will be attending on our website, and sign up to the Facebook event for all the latest news.


Still looking for a summer internship?

The Student Internship Bureau, brought to you by Careers, is currently advertising over 20 positions exclusively for U of Y students. Log in to Careers Gateway and view the ‘Exclusive Opportunities @York’ for more info. Lots of great opportunities – not to be missed.

FDM Competition is still live!

Fast-track the application process and win a graduate role with FDM. Take either the IT Graduate positions with FDM challenge, or the Business Graduate Positions at FDM challenge. The winners of each challenge will be offered a graduate role at FDM, and the finalists will be invited to assessment centres to interview for the role.


Do you have a passion to inspire children to learn?  If so apply for a York Students in Schools placement next term!  Applications for placements commencing in Autumn 2016 are open NOW so apply for your place through the Careers Gateway –

What do York graduates do?

Read about how life after York has turned out for hundreds of graduates in our York Profiles and Mentors system.  Read their stories and see what advice they have for you.





In other news…

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

Free Pre-Teaching Course

27 -28 May AND 17-18 June 2016 at Bishop Grosseteste University. For students wanting to undertake either a Primary or Secondary PGCE starting in September 2017. For more information or to book places visit:

HR Work experience opportunity at Nestle

Paid 8 week work experience opportunity at Nestle in York for those with limited work experience. Find out more and apply:

Work with BBC Sport library and Digital teams to deliver Rio Olympics from Mediacity UK base in Salford
Placements are paid and last from 5 days up to 3 weeks. You must have a passion for sport. This is a fantastic opportunity to get valuable work experience and make industry contacts. Find out more and apply here: 
This one day event will take place in London on Wednesday 22 June, bringing together women in technology, at all career stages, and industry leading companies. It is a great opportunity to build relationships, learn, and advance careers. Find out more and book your place: