CAREERS BLOG: Ten tips for a graduate internship

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers blog written by Nicola Haydon, Graduate Intern: Marketing and Information Support, Careers

Just over a year ago I graduated with very little idea of what I wanted to do next. I had work experience in a range of different areas, but this meant that there wasn’t anything in particular that I had specialised in. Fast forward to the end of the summer, and I had secured a role as a graduate marketing intern in the University of York Careers team. Now I have come to the end of my contract I have a few tips to share if you are heading into a graduate internship…

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CAREERS BLOG: Searching for a Science job?

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Janice Simpson, Senior Careers Adviser, Careers

If you’re a science student it can sometimes feel that there aren’t many graduate job opportunities out there, despite regular reports in the media stating that STEM students are in demand.  So what’s going on and how do you find job opportunities?

It’s important to remember that scientific organisations are all different and all have their own policies and practices when it comes to recruitment. Some may see recruitment fairs and generalist recruitment websites as appropriate for their needs, but many won’t, and will seek out more specialist recruitment sources or recruit from within as far as possible. One graduate recently told us that her company only ever recruited externally as a last resort, preferring to recruit students who had undertaken year in industry placements, internships or attended insight events.

So, if you’re looking for jobs (and internships), the first part of this blog will give you some ideas of where to look for advertised opportunities, while the second part will look at more creative ways to find and create opportunities.

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CAREERS BLOG: Graduate roles in retail

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


This is not just about being a store manager and stacking shelves. This fast-paced sector offers a range of graduate management jobs, including:

  • Store management;
  • Logistics;
  • Marketing;
  • Sales;
  • Merchandising;
  • Buying;
  • Human resources;
  • Finance;
  • IT.

Employing around three million people, the UK retail sector offers graduates plenty of scope to develop and progress quickly. Many of the large retailing companies run graduate training schemes and provide the opportunity to take on responsibility early on in your career. A graduate store manager for a large retailer can be responsible for 30+ staff within a couple of years and could be earning £34,000 – £60,000 within five years.

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