Anyone can find themselves needing careers advice, but for recent graduates it’s often difficult to know where to turn. The good news for University of York graduates is Careers and Placements offers a life-long service. Most graduates we see have graduated within the last 3 – 5 years, but any York graduate can still turn to us for help.
Unemployment among recent graduates was at the lowest level for more than 25 years in 2016 (according to the most recent national graduate destination report*) and 71.3% of employed graduates were in professional-level work. However, with around 740,000 people graduating from UK institutions each year**, it’s easy to understand why many graduates still see the labour market as very competitive and difficult to access.†
Careers and Placements can help you access reliable and authoritative information, backed-up by impartial advice and guidance. Many of the graduates we see come for feedback on job applications and help with interview preparation, but some may still be searching for the right role for them or are contemplating a career change. If any of these situations match your own you could benefit from a discussion with one of our Careers Consultants to help you consider your options and plan your next steps.
The feedback we receive from graduates shows how appreciated this support is. Here’s what two recent graduates had to say:
“I would just like to add how amazing the careers service is at York… I know a number of York alumni of different ages who all talk about how great the support is for us.”
“I just wanted to let you know that I had my interview yesterday and they got back to me this morning to say that I have the job! Thank you for all your help. The mock interview on Thursday proved to be really helpful!”
I have to admit that I hadn’t been to see the Careers team before graduation and I hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do.
I decided to approach the Careers team for advice and to talk through my options. Once I had something I wanted to apply for the Careers Consultant helped to guide me through the application process. She reviewed my CV and application form, making suggestions on how I could improve my application and how to articulate about my time volunteering and roles in student societies to make myself stand out.
When I progressed on to the interview stage, I turned to the Careers team for a mock interview – which was really great practice, as I didn’t have much experience to draw upon. The Careers Consultant gave me some useful tips to help battle nerves, which made me feel much more prepared and confident in handling competency questions.
I have been working with the same organisation for just over a year. The Careers team helped me with my decision-making process.
I would definitely recommend the Careers service to any recent graduates – whether you’ve got a career path clearly defined or, like me, you’re just not sure!
Rebecca, BA (Hons) English / MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture
What can you do if you’re still graduate job hunting?
Make use of the free, professional resources on the Careers and Placements website.
- If you’re unsure about how the recruitment process works, check out our job hunting toolkit
- We also have advice on: CV and applications, interview and assessment centre preparation, psychometric tests and more.
- If you still need ideas we have resources to help inspire you, like our York Profiles & Mentors where you can see what other York graduates have gone on to do; as well as advice on how to generate and explore ideas.
- If you have done the above but need some more in-depth support, you can make an appointment with one of our professional careers consultants to discuss your situation either in person or via phone/skype.