Guest blog: Succeeding in assessment centres


 In this post Laura Blackledge, Student Recruitment Officer at PwC, for the University of York, shares invaluable insight into how to succeed in assessment centres. Don’t forget that Careers will be running an Interview and Assessment Centre experience event on 7 Feb, which PwC will be attending. Book your placement using the above link.

Why do employers use assessment centres?

Employers use various tools during the recruitment process for a number of diCheck out our latest guest blogfferent reasons:

  • Measure your abilities
  • Understand your experiences and skills
  • Establish your preferred working styles
  • Identify your behavioural responses
  • Provide a job preview for yourself

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Guest blog: 6 ways to make the most of your final year at university


 Guest blog written by Bridgewater Graduates

Those first few years at the University of York do fly by and before you know it, the all-important final year arrives. Your final year is a tough one filled with harder assignments, dissertations and exams that could have a big impact on your future. On top of all this, you’re probably worrying about what you are going to do next year!

Take a deep breath because final year doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. To really make the most of it, you should:

Stay focused

You know that this is an important year and if you want to end it with a fantastic degree classification, you’ll have to step it up and stay focused. Final year is more about individual studying and research. You can’t rely on just your lecture notes carrying you through.

The key is to get organised (which is easier said than done for some of us). Say goodbye to the all-nighters and make a plan that gives you plenty of time to hand in your assignments. If you’re organised, you’ll really be able to perform at your best.

Remember, at the end of the year you’ll want an impressive degree grade to show off to potential employers.

Have fun

There’s more to university than studying. The partying doesn’t have to stop in your final year and getting/staying involved in social events, sports clubs (bring on Roses!) and activities is important. Not only are these things fun for you, but employers like to hear about your hobbies and interests on your CV.

Find the balance

Your final year is the perfect time to start practising your work-life balance. Too much partying will have a negative impact on your grades, too much time shut up in the library will leave feeling bored and miserable.

By organising your days and increasing your productivity, you’ll be able to get out and enjoy your evenings.

Tackle the big decisions

There’s no point burying your head in the sand, your time at uni is coming to an end. The big question that every final year has to face is, what’s next?

If you haven’t made a decision yet, it’s time to think about your career options. If you’re struggling to decide what direction you would like to go career-wise or need help getting started, visit your university careers department and have a chat with an advisor. You can also try taking a personality test to see what types of careers suit you.

Find out what employers want

Your degree means that you can apply for graduate jobs, but employers want to see so much more than that. What you’ll need to demonstrate are the transferable skills you’ve developed during your time at university, like the ones on this soft skills list.

To get a better idea of what skills employers are looking for, start browsing some relevant job adverts early. If there are any desirable skills that you need to work on you’ll have time to do it in your final year.

Gain work experience

Your work experience will help you to stand out from the crowd when it’s time to apply for graduate roles. Make an effort to get some relevant work experience now, and you’ll reap the benefits later.

This article was written by Bridgewater Graduates who offer sales, management and a variety of other commercial graduate jobs with market-leading businesses across the UK and Ireland.

Insider Intern: Jasmine Pledger, Careers Brand Ambassador


“This week on ‘Insider Intern’, I gave the Career Brand Ambassador Jasmine Pledger the task of writing a little bit about herself. Part of my role involves managing our ambassadors, setting them tasks and brainstorming marketing ideas with them. Take a look at Jasmine’s view on the role and her background…” – Hattie Patten-Chatfield

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I’m Jasmine one of three Careers Brand Ambassadors and I’m in my third year (terrifying that I’m almost a complete adult now…) studying law. It’s quite nerve-wracking thinking what lies ahead but hopefully some of the things I have been involved with at University has equipped me for the job market.

I’m part of Langwith College and helped run the Mentoring Scheme to help first years transition into University life. I’ve been a Student Ambassador since my first year working on open days with prospective students and working on residential programmes for students considering higher education. My main passion is volunteering, and I was elected as YUSU’s Volunteering Officer in Spring Term. In my role as Volunteering Officer, I am involved in assisting the 16 student-run volunteering projects, working with students to see what volunteering opportunities they want to get involved with and creating and planning volunteering events so students can volunteer and help in their local community. In my role as volunteering officer I have had various meetings with Careers and Placements to discuss their different volunteering programmes and through this I was able to learn more about all the services they offered, as I had only previously engaged with my department employability tutor.

Since then, I have learnt more about Careers and Placements and used Careers Gateway and found the Careers Brand Ambassador position. My role started in Autumn Term and I have been involved in a variety of tasks over the past 7 weeks. It has varied from helping out at the annual careers fairs, collecting statistics on attendance to the fairs and marketing events and motivational quotes for Careers and Placements to display on Social Media. The role is all about getting the word out on what Careers and Placements can do for students, from networking events to CV workshops. It has been really diverse so far and has been great to be involved and have my ideas actually being taken on board rather than being disregarded. It’s flexible and just a few hours a week that fit around my timetable, it is always exciting to go into work which is not said very often and we are paid for the work we do which is a bonus as a student!

I hope you found it interesting to hear about working as a Careers Ambassador. If you’re interested in this role and think you would be a good fit, keep an eye on our social media accounts for vacancies in the Spring Term!

 

 

 

Graduate Survey: why we need your help


If you are a recent graduate we will be contacting you very soon to find out what you are doing. Here’s why.

Every year we contact graduates six months after graduation as part of a national survey to find out what you are doing after leaving York.  We are required to carry out this survey – the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) – annually.

How does it work?

It’s all really quick and straightforward.

You will receive an email from us in  November  with a request to complete an online survey to tell us what you will be doing (for work or further study) on a specific date. Because we are required to carry out this survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), if we don’t receive your completed survey online we will follow up and contact you by phone.

Read more about how the collection process works.  It really helps to speed up the process if you can complete the online survey.

What do you do with my information?

Firstly and most importantly the information is never published in a way that makes it possible to identify  any individual. We may use it to illustrate in general terms what our graduates go on to do, which sectors they work in, salaries etc.   It can be helpful to current and prospective York students to understand what a degree from York can lead to when they are considering a choice of University and course.

Nationally, information is used by HESA to produce statistics, to understand what is happening in the national graduate labour market  and to contribute data to league tables.

We really appreciate your time in helping us collect this information.

I’m happy to help – but can you still help me with my career plans? 

Yes of course!  You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Our web pages for alumni show you how you can access our services as a graduate.

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: Graduating with a 2:2 degree


 Guest blog provided by Ashley Hever, Enterprise rent-a-car (previously published on the company’s website).

What do I have in common with Prince Charles, JK Rowling, Jo Whiley and Bear Grylls? No, it’s not castles (didn’t know you lived in a castle? Ed.). What we have in common is that we all graduated from university with the same grade: a 2:2.

I was the first in my family to go to university and I had absolutely no idea how to improve my employability while studying so as to give myself a fighting chance to get a job at the end of my studies. I am trying to remember if I even went to a careers fair or visited the careers service while at university. It was also an issue that I had no idea what the ‘Milkround’ was, so when I started looking for jobs after graduation, rather than during my last year, I missed out on all those graduate roles that had been advertised and closed before I even started looking.

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Online Question and Answer event – ask us about working in the UK after your studies (short term)


Don’t forget our online event for international students tomorrow between 11am and 1.00pm.

If you have any careers or immigration questions about your options for working in the UK for up to 12 months at the end of your degree, you can contact us online during our live Q&A chat on Tuesday 6 June from 11.00am – 1.00pm.  You can ask questions about working on your Tier 4 visa immediately after your degree, or about the Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa. 
The event will be hosted by Mandy Simmons from Careers and Placements and Mo Onyett from the Immigration Advice Service and is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Join us online any time during the session and post a question about anything you are not sure about.

Drop into our chat using the Careers Q&A link between 11.00 and 13.00.  (NB you need to be logged out of the VLE in order to access the chat via this link.)

We will run a similar session in Week 10 focusing on longer term work on longer term options under the Tier 2 visa – hope you can join us for that too.