GUEST BLOG: Landing a job in a special educational needs school

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Guest blog written by Sasha Das Gupta, SEN teacher, EduStaff

A career in special educational needs will be both rewarding and exciting. With so many different schools catering to so many different needs, those who work in SEN schools can expect a lot of variety with new challenges every day. One of the most rewarding elements of working in SEN is the chance to develop strong personal relationships with people whilst promoting their independence, supporting their areas of additional needs and assisting them to overcome the difficulties they face.

If you are interested in starting a career in special needs education there are several things you should consider first. It helps to think about what sort of SEN school you feel you would be most suited to as there are many different types that, confusingly enough, go by a variety of names.

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Review of the (academic) year

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

As this academic year draws to a close, we take the chance to look back at the highlights of another busy year.

October saw three recruitment fairs, bringing over 100 employers to campus, not including all the individual employer presentations, skills courses and social activities that ran throughout the year.

Working in… brought York alumni and other professionals to give students the benefit of their wisdom about careers in advertising, marketing & PR; health professions; criminal justice work; research; and small businesses.

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GUEST BLOG: Valuable skills from volunteering

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Opus Energy, business energy suppliers

When it comes to boosting your CV and employability, there are few things better than volunteering. If you target your volunteer work towards the industry you’d like to work in or you engage in general volunteering, you can put yourself ahead and acquire new skills. A 2013 Deloitte survey revealed that 76% of HR representatives consider the skills and experience gained by volunteers as more desirable than a candidate without the same experience.

But what skills do you actually learn? Here are some of the most valuable skills you’ll acquire when volunteering.

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Latest Careers news, Summer Week 5

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Apply now to volunteer in a local school next term
Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.
Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website

Internships this summer in York
The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, see Careers Gateway






Latest Careers News – Summer week 4


Don’t miss out…

  • Applications are open NOW until Sunday Week 5 for a York Students in Communities placement.  Click here to see what’s on offer
  • Tier 5 Toolkit update for international students wanting to work in the UK
  • York Profiles & Mentors is a career profiles and mentoring tool for University of York students, created by Careers and York Alumni Association.



Latest Careers news, Summer Week 1

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York Award

Congratulations to those final year students who have successfully passed the York Award. Your application forms and assessor feedback are available for collection from Careers – a useful reference for making job or further study applications.

1st Years – now it’s your turn! Only two weeks to go before the deadline for applications for the new-look York Award. Tell us what you’ve been doing since Autumn and see how this can help you with your future work experience, graduate job or postgraduate study.

Visit the website for the short application form and guidelines for completing it. You can also check out which College is leading on the most applications – Halifax and James are currently neck and neck!

York Students in Schools

Block placements applications now open – valuable experience if you’re considering applying for a PGCE or want to further develop your classroom skills. Apply via Careers Gateway by Sunday Week 1.

Careers Latest News

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We’re still open during the Easter vacation

  • Monday 14 March – Friday 8 April
    Open: Monday – Thursday, 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Closed:
    Every Friday
    Monday 28 March (Easter Monday bank holiday) 

Appointments with our Careers Consultants will still be available. See Careers Gateway or our Opening Times webpage to see when they are taking place

Easter is the perfect time to…

  1. Sign up to attend our Working In Research event on Thursday 28 April. Your opportunity to hear from a panel of professionals working in research roles across the academic and business worlds. The Q&A panel will be followed by informal networking.
  2. Enter Plan ENVY. Our business idea competition is open to all students and recent graduates from the University. The top prize is £2000. Further information and the application form can be found on the Enterprise website. Deadline for applications is Friday 29 April.
  3. Apply to get some classroom based experience in a local school. YSIS block placements are full time placements over the last two weeks of summer term. Apply online via the Exclusive Opportunities @York tab on Careers Gateway.  The deadline is Sunday 17 April.