Have your say with student surveys


866529_feedback_form_excellent Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

Student opinions and feedback are sought by employers, research organisations and the University itself.

Each year there are major national and international surveys, which aim to discover what current students think about their place of study, which employers interest them, and what careers they want to work in. These surveys include, Universum Career Test, Trendence survey and Potential Park.

Obviously, the organisations conducting these surveys aren’t expecting to get student feedback for free. That’s why they offer incentives for completion of the survey. These can include online gift vouchers, tech-y kit, trips, and even personalised careers advice.

Then there’s the other types of annual surveys, which aim to find out what students think about their university. York runs a Freshers’ Survey between November and January each year and students are sent an email with an individual link, so they can access the survey.

During the Spring term, there’s the National Student Survey, which measures students’ satisfaction with a variety of areas within their university. The data is available to help prospective students compare institutions and courses when deciding on their choice of university.

So, whether it’s to get something “off your chest” or to help future students decide, why not give one or more of these surveys a go? Further information about each one is available on our surveys web page.

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GUEST BLOG: Landing your dream job


ibm-blog-image Guest blog written by Kate, placement student at IBM. She is working within the recruitment attractions team with a heavy focus on the marketing side.

Only four months into my placement I feel I have gained a plethora of knowledge when it comes to the recruitment process in general, so I thought I’d share my top five tips for landing yourself your dream career.

Tip One – Personalistion: Most application forms will have a designated area for you to share why exactly you want to work for that specific organisation. Make it personal, naming specific products, projects, people, advertisements, initiatives or strategies. Try this – if you remove the company name from your answers and still feel the content could be applicable to other organisations, it’s not personal enough! Continue reading

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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Careers website – we want your opinions


We want to hear what students think about the Careers web pages, with a view to making some changes to content and style.

If you would like to have your say, we’d like you to come along to a feedback focus group session on Tuesday 5 February. The session will run from 4.15 – 5.45pm and there’ll be refreshments available for all those taking part.

If you would like to attend, please email careers@york.ac.uk by 3 pm on Friday 1 February.