Exciting opportunities supporting the York Strengths Programme

York Strengths is a sector-leading professional development programme designed specifically for York students. York Strengths helps our students gain further clarity on their personal strengths and how they can apply them in future careers.

All first year students are given access to the programme, which helps them identify personal characteristics at which they are both competent and enjoy using. Throughout the programme students explore a framework of nine characteristics valued by employers, identifying those which particularly appeal to them.

An essential component of the programme is a development day of exercises and activities that help reveal working preferences that can be related to the framework. Working in small teams the students undertake observed exercises and receive structured feedback at the end of the day.

Further information on the York Strengths programme: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/work-volunteering-careers/skills/york-strengths/

Getting involved

We have a number of exciting opportunities supporting the York Strengths programme. Acting as an Observer you will identify the students' levels of competence and energy that they bring to each of the exercises, providing a personal summary to each member of the group.

Working with groups of up to six students you will:
  • Launch and manage the timings of the component exercises
  • Observe and record significant behaviours over the course of the day's exercises
  • Record your observations and prepare around five minutes of individualised feedback for each student on a one-to-one basis


The York Strengths assessment days will take place on the 17 and 24 Feb, 3 March and from 4 - 23 June (Monday - Saturday). We are looking for Observers who can ideally join us for 10 to 20 days including Saturdays.

The roles

We will provide training to introduce you to the University's Strengths Framework, the mechanics of the exercises we will use over the course of the Development Day and guidance for the feedback process.

All observers will need to be insightful and sensitive to the needs of a wide variety of students, being able to offer constructive feedback and also able to keep to tight timescales and event objectives.

Title Rate of pay Role
Consultant Observer/Evaluator £300 per Session You will be a self employed professional with experience of line management and in the development of people. You will have experience of selection techniques and assessment centres and an appreciation of trends within the current graduate labour market would be a distinct advantage.
Casual Observer/Evaluator £33.46 per hour You will have some experience of line management and in developing people. Familiarity with selection techniques and assessment centres would be an advantage as would be an appreciation of trends in the current graduate labour market.
Post Graduate Observer/Evaluator £12.95 per hour You will have experience of facilitating discussions and group work and be an excellent communicator. You will be familiar with some of the techniques used to assess individual's contributions to group activity, we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals that have, or are working toward, engagement as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, or similar roles.

The closing date for applications is 18 December 2017

Apply for a role

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Grace Redhead, York Futures Officer.