If you’re going onto – or considering doing – postgraduate study in History, take a moment to read about the experience of a recent PhD student.
Spring Term (and once exams are over) is a good time to explore career options and opportunities for those who haven’t already done so.
What might you explore?
If you’re not sure what you might be interested in doing after university, why not try generating some ideas by visiting our Get ideas section. There are exercises to help you find suggestions linked to your interests, values and experience, as well as resources to help you find out more about different careers
As online learning has become more popular there is now a diverse range of short courses to participate in, including several on the topics of job hunting techniques and employability. I’ve recently enrolled on two of these to see how useful they are. The two I’ve chosen are:
Course content is in the form of short videos, articles, quizzes and forum discussion and both courses are free to enroll on. I’ve highlighted below what you can learn from each course and the aspects that I found most useful.
If you love the research elements of your course, you might be thinking you’d like a graduate jobs which revolves around research. To many that means academia, but you might be surprised which other sectors offer work in research.
Only a relatively small number of graduates will become academics or university-based researchers, many more will go into research roles in other industries and sectors or even set up their own business. Here’s a few areas to consider…
- Social research
- Political research – lobby groups, political parties, government
- Market research
- Scientific research and development – health sector, medical and pharmaceutical companies
- Think tanks and consultancies
- Public sector and voluntary sector
- Journalism, writing and broadcasting
- Archive and other information services.
It’s Summer Term and the final straight for those of you finishing your course in June. You may have a job or postgrad course already in the bag – if so, well done! However, if you’re one of those looking for a job or further study, you’ve still got time to reach your goal, if you start soon.
We know it’s a busy term – final assignments and exams, but with some canny organisation, you can still manage to do some serious job hunting. Try some of these sources of help.
External events and news you might be interested in.
- BUNAC is please to announce that applications are now open for the 2016 BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) Scholarships. The BEST Scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible candidates looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. Deadline for applications is Friday 1 April.
- Registration is now open for the 2016 Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad
in partnership with Greensea Capital. Enter a team of 4 by Friday 15 April to take part.
- Study at an Indian university this summer with the British Council. Gain an insight into contemporary Indian culture and university life as you spend time living on campus and interacting with Indian peers. Apply by Monday 18 April.
Check out events for the week ahead. More at www.york.ac.uk/careers/events
- Mon 22 Feb, 13:30 — Afternoon skills session with Ashurst
- Mon 22 Feb, 14:45 — Ashurst – Meet the recruiter
- Tue 23 Feb, 15:00 — Fulbright Commission – Postgraduate Study in the US
- Wed 24 Feb, 17:00 — Bright Futures: How to make yourself standout: Personal Branding with Tesco — Employer presentation; view details online.
- Mon 22 Feb, 10:30 — York Award assessment feedback appointments (2016 graduates). Details available from 09:00 on Wed 17 Feb
- Tue 23 Feb, 18:15 — Working in Advertising, Marketing and PR
- Tue 23 Feb, 18:15 — Working in Criminal Justice
- Tue 23 Feb, 18:15 — Working in Health
- Wed 24 Feb, 13:30 — Graduate Entry Medicine — B/B/006 (Biology).
- Wed 24 Feb, 13:15 — Social Sciences: Careers drop-in — Careers
- Thu 25 Feb, 12:15 — Social Sciences: Careers appointments
- Thu 25 Feb, 15:00 — Politics: Careers appointments.