Current York students had the chance to meet up with successful young professionals, many of them York alumni, at the University’s ‘Professional Connect’ event on 6 March.
Around 60 professionals were on hand to give invaluable advice and tips on working in a wide range of careers including journalism, publishing, media, government, finance, management and in the charity and public sectors.
Professional Connect is part of a wide range of careers activities designed to help our students get ahead in today’s competitive job market. The event puts them in touch with recent graduates so they can gain insights, be inspired and develop their own ambitions long before they leave university.
Leading companies represented included HSBC, Aviva, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, Santander, KPMG, The Independent, BBC (TV and Radio 1), ITV, Faber & Faber, Sky, the NSPCC, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, local government and NHS Management.
Nicky Ball, who recruits crew in film and television, chaired the Q&A session for media, journalism and publishing, and commented, “It was great to meet fellow professionals and the students were all really switched on, mature and approachable.”
“A focused professional network is a great way for our students and alumni to boost their career prospects,” says Nik Miller, Alumni and Friends Engagement Manager. “The Alumni Engagement Team and the Careers Service are making it easier for graduates and current students to access new opportunities, advice and practical support.” Nik co-ordinated the event with the University’s Careers Service, Alumni Relations, Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association.
For further information, feedback, photos and comments visit http://storify.com/YorkAlumni/professional-connect-event-on-social-media. You can also read a blog about the evening called ‘So, you want to work in local government’ by Benjamin Welby who is Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Hull City Council.