Careers in technology and engineering


Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

Two areas with high demand for graduates are technology and engineering. Skills shortages in these areas mean there are lots of opportunities for graduates with the necessary qualifications and experience.

Developers and cyber security specialists are particularly in demand – just think of the recent data hit the NHS and other organisations took last week.

The scope of opportunities is also widened by the fact that all sorts of industries and services rely on digital systems, not just IT companies. So, there are plenty of possible employers out there.

Continue reading

Advertisements

One Planet Week: Green careers


Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

To celebrate One Planet Week (Week 6, 13 – 17 February), we thought we’d turn the spotlight onto green careers and how to find out more about them.

Green careers don’t necessarily mean just nature and conservation, but also ethical careers, renewable energy, consultancy and more. You can start exploring the range of careers by visiting the environment job sector pages on the Careers website. These pages will provide information about the sector and whether it’s right for you. They also look at the skills you’ll need, where to look for jobs and what else you can do while you’re at York to enhance your employability in this area.

Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: 3 trends in digital marketing


clickmechanic If you’re interested in a career in digital marketing, it’s important to keep up with the latest developments. Our guest blogger Austin Tran from ClickMechanic gives his view on what to watch.

The Growth of Mobile
Over the last 5 years, the proportion of mobile traffic has ballooned and now accounts for more web usage than PCs and laptops. In response, Google has put a lot of emphasis on mobile, they’ve updated their search algorithms to penalise those that aren’t optimised for mobile devices.

Alongside that, new ad formats (e.g. price extensions for AdWords) are now rolling out to mobile first, with desktops following behind. This is especially pertinent with the rise of ad blockers, which tends to be much less common on mobiles.

Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: Landing your dream job


ibm-blog-image Guest blog written by Kate, placement student at IBM. She is working within the recruitment attractions team with a heavy focus on the marketing side.

Only four months into my placement I feel I have gained a plethora of knowledge when it comes to the recruitment process in general, so I thought I’d share my top five tips for landing yourself your dream career.

Tip One – Personalistion: Most application forms will have a designated area for you to share why exactly you want to work for that specific organisation. Make it personal, naming specific products, projects, people, advertisements, initiatives or strategies. Try this – if you remove the company name from your answers and still feel the content could be applicable to other organisations, it’s not personal enough! Continue reading

GUEST BLOG: From university to work


ram-tracking

 Guest blog written by RAM Tracking  

Following on from the successful appointment of Graduate Marketing Assistant, RAM Tracking asked a series of questions helping to inspire and educate future graduates currently at University. 

As a brief insight, Becky graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Psychology. In total, a series of 8 questions were asked to Rebecca, in which the full interview can be found in full on the RAM Tracking website.

How do you find the transition between Student and a full time working role?

I’ve worked since I was 15 years old (part time), so I’ve always understood the values and expectations in the workplace. As a student you don’t really have a set routine, so at first getting into one is a bit of a shock, but I quickly adjusted. Getting into a full time role in the area you are interested in is like a reward for all your hard work at university and school.

Continue reading

STEM students. Don’t miss this!


1fair-web-banners Studying a science, engineering, maths or technology subject? Interested in meeting employers with graduate and internship opportunities who want to recruit you? Then don’t miss the STEM Fair on Wednesday 19 October, 11.00am – 3.00pm in the Physics & Exhibition Centre.

Check out the organisations who’ll be on campus that day – they’re all listed (with links) on the fair’s web page. By doing your homework before coming along to the fair, you’ll be ready to impress your potential future employer with lots of interesting and intelligent questions.

For help with how to prepare for the fair, see our information sheet or read our blog from the previous fairs.

GUEST BLOG: What soft skills do employers in digital look for?


Thomas O’Rourke is the owner of Decking Hero, an online DIY affiliate website. After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2010, he has accumulated over 6 years of experience in digital marketing, having previously worked as the Head of Account Management for a leading UK digital agency.

It can be tough getting your first gig in digital. Many employers want candidates who already have the skills or experience they’re looking for. However, it’s not impossible to find a job when you might not have any solid experience – most digital agencies recognise that it’s simply not practical to expect every candidate to have a raft of experience.

So what are the main personal qualities that employers look for in graduates?

Continue reading