CAREERS BLOG: 2 quick courses to get you grad job ready

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

As online learning has become more popular there is now a diverse range of short courses to participate in, including several on the topics of job hunting techniques and employability. I’ve recently enrolled on two of these to see how useful they are. The two I’ve chosen are:

Interviews by the University of Sheffield
Unlocking your Employability by the University of Queensland

Course content is in the form of short videos, articles, quizzes and forum discussion and both courses are free to enroll on. I’ve highlighted below what you can learn from each course and the aspects that I found most useful.

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Career events ahead

UoY Careers Note & Pen Check out events for the week ahead. More can be found at:

Skills courses

Careers workshops/briefings

 Departmental events

GUEST BLOG: How social media can affect employment

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Rachel Boddy, Career Guidance postgraduate student

In a world that revolves around the internet and social media, it is important that when applying for jobs, your social media account is going to enhance your chances of success, not hinder it! Below are a few hints and tips of using your social media to ensure that it is not going to decrease your chances of employment, as well as a few ways to use social media to impress an employer and make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons!

With over 74% of the population actively on some sort of social network website, it is easier than ever to look someone up and get access to their information. This includes employers! According to the world’s largest professional networking site Linkedin, 65% of employers admit to looking up potential candidates before giving interviews or job offers to see how that person represents themselves professionally. Among these employers, 34% admitted that they have often made decisions based on the candidate’s profile alone to not proceed with an interview or job offer.

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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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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illyIn other news….



  • Want to work abroad in hospitality? Join the EURES Online Hospitality Job Day 27 January 2016 – live chat, presentations and job search all from the comfort of home!



  • Education Matters – debate with Teach First, Tues 26 Jan, 16.00 – 17.00, PS/A/202 (Psychology)The motion: To get the best results, the best teachers need to be in independent schools
    Come and join our debate – listen to our panel, ask questions and tell us what you think! Book your place on Careers Gateway

TELL (and win!)

Last chance to take part in the Trendence Survey – closes 15 January 2016. What employers do you want to work for, what support you need to prepare for your future? Last chance to win:

  • A year of Netflix (£100 of Netflix given away every week)
  • Two x £500 Amazon vouchers

GUEST BLOG: Increasing Your Employability: Tips from a Recent Graduate


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Sophie Chadwick (University Outreach Coordinator at STEM Graduates) chats to Zoe Craig, University of York, 2014 BSc (Hons) Biology Graduate, about how she improved her employability.

STEM Graduates are a recruitment agency who recruit specifically for full time, permanent graduate job roles in the STEM sector. They also provide graduate careers advice.

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GUEST BLOG: 5 ways to become more employable

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by David Cole, CEO of Pen Heaven

When it comes to applying for roles after you graduate it goes without saying that you want to stand out from the crowd. With figures last year at around 39 applicants per graduate job it can feel like it is harder than ever to find that perfect role. However this doesn’t mean that you have to work harder and apply for hundreds of jobs, it is really just a case of working smarter. 

Broaden your horizons

Consider working for companies or brands that you may not have thought about in the past.  If you wanted to work for a shoe retailer for example you don’t only have the option of the huge brands like Nike or Adidas, there is a wealth of smaller, independent retailers where you would be able to gain invaluable experience. I’m not saying don’t aim high, I’m simply saying consider all of the possibilities. The same goes for if you are aiming for a specific role. Say you want to work in PR, you don’t just have to apply for PR agencies, there are also in-house roles, digital agencies, events and marketing agencies etc. Be sure you’re not limiting yourself. 

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