GUEST BLOG: Becoming a Social Worker with Frontline


 Guest blog written by Rhiannon Stokes, York graduate, FrontlineUoY Careers Ladder illy 

Rhiannon Stokes studied Applied Social Sciences at the University of York and joined Frontline’s Leadership Development programme as part of the 2015 cohort. Here Rhiannon shares her experience of applying to Frontline, the journey that led her to apply, and how she found the application process.

I was a student at York in James College from 2007-2010, studying Applied Social Sciences (Children & Young People). I chose this course as I had an interest in sociology, and thought that I might want to do social work in the future, but didn’t feel ready to study social work at 19. I loved my degree and its ‘applied’ nature, to me it felt like I was studying things that actually mattered. Wanting to make the most of my spare time at university I completed lots of voluntary work: YSIS, tea & coffee club for the elderly, youth work with York City Council, James College Christian Union and a local housing charity.

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CAREERS BLOG EXTRA: A little something for Hallowe’en!


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Professor Ben D Penn (for those who remember him!) and friend get into the Hallowe’en ‘spirit’

Trick or treat?!  

As Hallowe’en’s witching hour approaches, it’s time to gather around the flickering fire and chill your blood with some truly ghastly horror stories, courtesy of our resident ‘ghost writer’!

Our first tale of terror…

You’re on your own. There’s no one around – the house is eerily deserted. The night has fallen and, as the wind whistles down the chimney, you feel the icy hand of fear clutching at your heart. You’re all alone and fearful for your future.

All your friends are busy applying for graduate jobs, but you’ve not even started thinking about life after uni. Argh!

How about another spooky story?

They stare at you with a keenness in their eyes that makes your heart beat faster. The trickle of sweat pricks your forehead and you breathe harder, not knowing what to do or say. You fear them, convinced they’ll pull you apart mercilessly. How can you escape?

The interview panel are asking questions you don’t have the answer to – can you talk about a time when you’ve had to use creative thinking in a problem solving situation? Argh!

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GUEST BLOG: Graduate options


 Guest blog written by Careers Student Brand Ambassadors, Charlotte Noddings and Serife Gunal

Are you panicking about what comes after graduation? Do you already have an idea of what you want to do but don’t know where to start? Here we outline some of the most common paths you can pursue and signpost you to some of the best resources for planning your life after university. The options laid out here are not exhaustive but they do give you a good idea of some of the opportunities available. The key thing to remember is that using the Careers department is a great way to start!

What are your options?

Graduate Schemes

Graduate schemes are a fantastic introduction to the world of work, with many employers offering employment for one to three, or more, years as well as, the opportunity to attain qualifications. Grad schemes are available in a range of sectors including investment and finance, engineering, accountancy and even media. Single employers often recruit to more than one type of job role, for instance, investment banks offer opportunities in operations, sales and trading, investment banks, technology and more! Some employers close their applications in the autumn of your final year but there are many schemes that are open longer and may also re-open later in the year. The long recruitment process, including an online application form, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, can be made easier if you know where to look! If you decide that a graduate job is one of the avenues you would like to pursue after graduation, make sure you go to Careers for any help with finding graduate schemes, any part of the application process, or any other queries you may have.

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Web highlights #3: Look for work


UoY Careers Note & Pen Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

If you’re job hunting there are some basics you need to know: where to find vacancies and how to get through the recruitment and assessment process.

The Careers website’s look for work and apply for jobs sections are where you need to start.

As the title suggests, our look for work pages help you identify relevant job sites and resources for all types of work. So, whether it’s graduate jobs, internships, part-time work or international work, you’ll find good starting points and further information.

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GUEST BLOG: From university to work


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 Guest blog written by RAM Tracking  

Following on from the successful appointment of Graduate Marketing Assistant, RAM Tracking asked a series of questions helping to inspire and educate future graduates currently at University. 

As a brief insight, Becky graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Psychology. In total, a series of 8 questions were asked to Rebecca, in which the full interview can be found in full on the RAM Tracking website.

How do you find the transition between Student and a full time working role?

I’ve worked since I was 15 years old (part time), so I’ve always understood the values and expectations in the workplace. As a student you don’t really have a set routine, so at first getting into one is a bit of a shock, but I quickly adjusted. Getting into a full time role in the area you are interested in is like a reward for all your hard work at university and school.

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Graduate and internship recruiters on campus today


Students attending a Management and Finance Careers Fair (15 October 2013)

Don’t miss a great opportunity to meet and chat with employers at our All Sectors Fair today (Thursday 20 October). Recruiting to a variety of roles for graduate vacancies, internships and insight days.

It takes place in the Physics & Exhibition Centre, 11.00am – 3.00pm and is open to all students of any subject and any year.

If you need some tips on how to prepare, see our information sheet about recruitment fairs.

STEM students. Don’t miss this!


1fair-web-banners Studying a science, engineering, maths or technology subject? Interested in meeting employers with graduate and internship opportunities who want to recruit you? Then don’t miss the STEM Fair on Wednesday 19 October, 11.00am – 3.00pm in the Physics & Exhibition Centre.

Check out the organisations who’ll be on campus that day – they’re all listed (with links) on the fair’s web page. By doing your homework before coming along to the fair, you’ll be ready to impress your potential future employer with lots of interesting and intelligent questions.

For help with how to prepare for the fair, see our information sheet or read our blog from the previous fairs.