GUEST BLOG: Setting up a charity


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Guest blog written by Sarah Hoyle, York PhD student

Why work for a charity when you can set one up yourself?!

Do you have an idea that could be beneficial to society? Have you identified a need for your idea; a group of people or individuals that you can help? Is your idea not-for-profit? If the answer is yes to these three questions you are have the makings of a great charity!

It was in 2009 when I set up Together We Create. I set up the charity with the belief that young people could benefit their local communities if given the right skills and support. Prior to 2009 I had spent time working with young people of all ages running creative workshops in schools and community spaces, so I knew there was a demand and a possibility. Moreover I had a passion to make a change and a passion to give young people a voice.

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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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GUEST BLOG: Assessment centre? No need to shudder!


DSC_0238 Guest blog written by Serife Gunal, Careers Student Brand Ambassador

There’s something about the words ‘assessment centre’ that makes me want to shudder, in fact, there’s been times where hearing ‘grad job’ or ‘internship’ has made me feel queasy! I realise now that those fears were somewhat misguided and that applying for grad jobs and internships doesn’t have to stress you out!

If you are scheduled to attend an assessment centre or even planning on applying for a graduate job or internship, Careers and Placements has an event just for you. The annual assessment centre simulator event will be taking place at 17:30 to 20:30 in P/T/005 (Physics) on Wednesday 1st February and will be a fantastic opportunity to have a practice in an assessment centre environment!

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GUEST BLOG: Age UK and Worthwhile Graduate Programme


 Guest blog written by York graduate, VibekUoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greene Kristensen-White

I graduated with a 2:1 in English and History from the University of York in July 2016. I work for Age UK Oxfordshire and am a part of the Worthwhile Graduate Programme 2016-17. Age UK Oxfordshire is the local branch of the national older people’s charity, Age UK, and has linked up with the graduate programme, Worthwhile, which helps and supports young people get into the third sector. Worthwhile provides 18 days of training throughout the year and support as and when you need it.

My job role is ‘Media and Communications’ with a bit of fundraising thrown in.  I am responsible for updating the content of our website and social media, I write our quarterly newsletter, I also run our campaigns such as ‘The Big Knit’ and ‘The Dignity in Care Awards’. In between these lager roles I keep in touch with local media outlets to promote the services we offer to older people in the community.

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Guest blog: Summer Opportunities Fair


 Careers brand ambassador, Seri, gives some insight into this week’s summer opps fair.

When and Where?

Join us at the Ron Cooke Hub, Hes East, from 1pm until 4pm on Wednesday 25thJanuary!

Who should come?

Everyone! The fair has opportunities for everyone – no matter your year of study!

What can you expect?

Working together with the Centre for Global Programmes, Careers and Placements will showcase a variety of different summer opportunities. From local to international volunteering schemes, paid and unpaid work experience, to summer camps and study abroad opportunities (amongst much more!), there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!

Why should you come?

Making the most of your summer doesn’t have to be boring, take it from me! I spent the summer between my second and third year volunteering with the International Citizen Service in Tanzania. Volunteering in itself was a humbling and interesting experience but alongside the trials and tribulations of living abroad – amidst some of the biggest cockroaches I’ve ever seen – it became both a challenging and rewarding opportunity.

The options at the fair are vast so even coming along just to open your eyes to what’s out there will be useful. If volunteering abroad isn’t for you then why not consider some work experience opportunities or studying abroad? Whilst building your knowledge, skills and experience is beneficial for maximising your employability, these opportunities provide much more than just something to put on your CV – you could have the best summer of your life!

Who’ll be there?

  • Abroad Internships
  • BUNAC
  • Camp America
  • Camp Leaders
  • Careers/SIB
  • CCUSA
  • Centre for Global Programmes
  • Childreach
  • CRCC Asia
  • East African Playground
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Frontier
  • Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange – ICYE-UK
  • International Service
  • Kaya Responsible Travel
  • NCS with The Challenge
  • NFU Mutual
  • PwC
  • SKIP – Supporting Kids in Peru
  • Smaller Earth
  • Target Jobs
  • Teach First
  • Think Pacific
  • Travelteer
  • USA Summer Camp
  • Year Out India
  • YUSU

See, I told you there will be something for everyone!

 

How can you make the most of it?

1)      Make sure you come along! Even if you aren’t looking to do anything this summer, something might catch your eye!

2)      Be open-minded. Some opportunities will ask you to step out of your comfort zone but sometimes these are the opportunities that help us flourish the most!

3)     Explore! Having a good look around will give you plenty of ideas but don’t be afraid to have a chat with the representatives and ask them plenty of questions.

The Summer Opportunities fair is a fantastic opportunity in itself, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming to join us on Wednesday! Good luck, I hope you find the opportunity of a lifetime!

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.

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New for Spring term: online Q and A with the Careers team


For Spring term we are piloting a new way for you to get help from us – an online Careers Q&A on the topics we get asked about most.  The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays between 11.00am and 1.00pm – you can find a full list of dates and topics below.

First up (Tuesday 17 January, Week 2) is a session on the York Award (2017) for those graduating this summer. It will be hosted by Jo Gee our York Award Officer and Irena Zientek our Information Manager. Between them they know everything there is to know about the York Award and will be able to answer any question you have to make sure you can submit a strong application before the 27 January application deadline.

How to take part

Just find the session on our events page or in Careers Gateway and follow the instructions to log into the platform. Usually you can “drop in” any time during the 2 hour session to ask any questions you have on the topic of the week.

List of topics

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