CAREERS BLOG: the Employability Tutorial explained


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by: Hilary Neary, Information Assistant, Careers

You’ve probably heard the Employability Tutorial mentioned many times if you have ever been to an event run by Careers or looked at our website. You may not be entirely sure what it is or how it can benefit you. The aim of this blog is to try and uncover some of the ways the Employability Tutorial can help you when it comes to thinking about life after University and what happens next.

What is it?

The Employability Tutorial is an online tool to assist you on the path to figuring out what it is you want to do next.  It does this by providing a structure and pointers for your thinking. The tutorial is divided into three broad sections:

  • Understanding myself
  • Understanding my options
  • Understanding the way forward.

Below I’ve summarised what you can get from each section.

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CAREERS BLOG: Hidden gem – Employability Tutorial


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers Blog written by Hilary Neary, Information Assistant, Careers

Employability Tutorial
You’ve probably heard the Employability Tutorial mentioned many times if you have ever been to an event run by Careers or looked at our website. You may not be entirely sure what it is or how it can benefit you. The aim of this blog is to try and uncover some of the ways the Employability Tutorial can help you when it comes to thinking about life after University and what happens next.

What is it?
The Employability Tutorial is an online tool to assist you on the path to figuring out what it is you want to do next. It does this by providing a structure and pointers for your thinking. The tutorial is divided into three broad sections:

• Understanding myself
• Understanding my options
• Understanding the way forward.

Below I’ve summarised what you can get from each section.

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CAREERS BLOG: Why #ETWednesday matters


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green  Careers blog written by Isabella Simms, Graduate Intern, Careers

During my time as a student at York I was always very aware that employment opportunities for graduates were extremely competitive. This, combined with the fact that I studied a degree that doesn’t have a clear career path, made trying to decide exactly what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my life very daunting.

I often heard the term ‘Employability Tutorial’ mentioned but I admit that until second year I largely ignored it. I assumed it was time consuming and that you needed to know exactly what you wanted to do in order for it to be useful.

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#FridayCatchUp


“Don’t listen to the cynics, those who reject anything with an ounce of heart. Forced sentimentality is junk, yes, but this movie has none of that. It’s enchanting and wonderful.” John B., 2006.

Steven Spielberg’s movie E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) has occupied a very special place in the hearts of a generation growing up. Certain images, such as E.T’s glowing finger or the bike silhouetted against the moon, are instantly recognisable and bring a warm glow of nostalgia to even the hardest hearts.

Imagine how simple facing up to an interview panel could seem if your golden experiences in the world of work were as memorable to you as E.T’s cheeky grin.

Once you have the wonderful achievements of your work life so far collated and have had the chance to reflect upon the skills you’ve gained, you’ll be able to be more enthusiastic, more assured and (above all else) ready to make the most of you.

Wouldn’t the future seem golden then, all you finalists out there?

The good news is that here at Careers we share this vision with you too. In order to help you decide what you want to do next, we’ve been working hard on the baby brother to Spielberg’s E.T., our E.T. the Employability Tutorial:

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All you finalists out there should remember the Employability Tutorial from the time you started your degree. If you haven’t started to use these resources yet, don’t delay any longer! We’ve revamped the Tutorial this summer to ensure that it will be as useful to you and easy to use as possible, so head online and check it out.

What’s on offer:

  • Clear sections to work through on “Understanding myself”, “Understanding my options” and “Understanding the way forward”;
  • Interactive format with media, quizzes and reflective sections to help you personalize the Employability Tutorial;
  • The option to jump ahead through the Tutorial and complete the sections in the order and detail that is most useful to you;
  • The opportunity to draw up a personalized Action Plan that you can revise, work through and take to discuss with your academic supervisor;
  • “Just show me” quick links to useful information such as graduate profiles, upcoming events and work experience opportunities.

It’s never too late to make your future golden by sorting out a plan for what comes next! Don’t forget, if you need any help with the Tutorial, Careers are open from 10-5pm Monday to Friday and our Information team will be happy to answer your queries submitted through Careers Gateway (www.york.ac.uk/careers/gateway) or telephone too!

Careers blog, Vikki Touzel, Graduate Intern.

#FridayCatchUp – The Future is Golden


This week we’re announcing the launch of our campaign, aimed at all Finalists out there who are currently looking at what to do next! Careers are here at this stressful time in your life to let you know that “the Future is Golden!” for each and every one of you.

Our proud mascot for this campaign is Pat the duck:

Pat and poster

If you’re around Careers between 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, do feel free to drop into our Info Room and pat the duck for luck in your careers search (and have a photo taken to prove you were here)!

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Help enhance student employability at York (and get an Amazon voucher)


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We are looking for undergraduate students to give feedback on the online Employability Tutorial through focus groups in week 10. Whether you love/hate it/have never used it, or if you don’t know what employability is, we want to hear from you.

The aim of the Tutorial is to help you make the most of your time at York, and explore and plan for your future. We have been developing it for a year, and have used student feedback throughout to make sure it is useful and easy to use.

Based on student suggestions, we have made lots of changes (here are a few), but we want to keep getting your feedback and improving.

By taking part in a focus group and sharing your ideas, you will help shape the future of the Employability Tutorial. This is a great opportunity to help York students and gain experience of focus groups.

Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a £5 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time. No preparation is required.

Please use the link below to enter your availability. Enter your York email address as ‘Your name’. Choose one session which you can attend. We will contact you by email to let you know whether you have a place.

Doodle: Choose a focus group session

If you can’t attend, but have comments on the Employability Tutorial, we’d love to hear from you – you can email us any time with your feedback, good or bad.