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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Careers FAQs for final year students


I’ve not even started thinking about what I want to do next – are you still able to help?

Don’t worry – we can still help.  Very soon, the Careers Consultant who looks after your department will be emailing you directly to check what we can do to help you plan for your future. Look out for that email and get in touch to tell us how we can help you further.  You might also find the Get Ideas section of our website useful or you can just call into Careers between 11.00am and 1.00pm each weekday (except Tuesday) to talk to us about your first steps.

Haven’t I missed the deadlines for all the graduate schemes by now? 

You may have missed some opportunities, but there will be many more coming up. Many graduate recruiters continue to recruit throughout the year and many employers will not be advertising jobs until later in the year, as and when positions become available.  Check out our Job Hunting Toolkit to understand more about the time frames for graduate recruitment. And remember – graduate schemes are only one part of the overall graduate recruitment picture.

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GUEST BLOG: My internship in China


Guest blog written by Muchun Liao, York second-year undergraduatUoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greene

After entering my university life, I found myself a little bit unclear about what I would like to do and what I can do for my career plans. Interning through CRCC was my first working experience and it became a great and unforgotten opportunity as my very first starting point for my future career plans.

During the time while I worked as an intern in Women’s Watch-China (now changed its name to Beijing Qianqian Law Firm) gave me many perspectives about NGOs and charities in China. My daily duties were to find and track violation of women’s rights in major cases and events, support litigation and non-litigation activities across the world and then update relevant news articles, information regarding women’s groups, research reports, and achievements. Also, sometimes I might need to communicate and contact with relevant domestic and foreign organizations, as well as join other NGOs, experts, and the media in promoting reform and advancing women’s rights in the legal system. And it was really pleasing for me to meet some staff from EU and UN Women during my internship.

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Welcome back: it’s time to explore!


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

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