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Professional Connect

Professional Connect event, Spring 2013

Get ahead. Get connected.

Current York students have another chance to meet up with successful young professionals, many of them York alumni, at the University’s ‘Professional Connect’ event on Tuesday 26 February.

Around 55 professionals will be on hand to give invaluable advice and tips on working in the sectors of Arts and Heritage, Public and Third Sector, and Consultancy.

Brought to you by Careers in association with YUSU, GSA and the Alumni Office, 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.

More and more employers are looking for graduates with awareness and experience of the sector they wish to enter. This is a great place to find out how to gain the right knowledge and experience while still at York.

Leading companies represented include Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, York Minster, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, York Archaeology Trust, IBM, Ernst & Young, PwC, Deloitte, Capco, Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Yorkshire Housing, Marie Curie Cancer Care and HM Prisons. For the full programme of attendees and their professional profiles see:

Over 400 students attended this event last year, with over 90% stating that they found it a useful experience and 96% saying that they would like to attend a similar event in the future. 

Event details

Professional Connect: Arts and Heritage, Public and Third Sector, and Consultancy

Tuesday 26 February, 6.15-8.30pm, Physics Exhibition Centre

The format of the event is three parallel Q&A panel sessions in each of the sectors, followed by a large scale networking event over drinks. 

To sign up for a particular Q&A session, students must book via the Interactive Careers Service. Also join this event on Facebook: 

Please note: There will be a further Professional Connect event held on Thursday 2 May in the sectors of Media and Publishing, Life Sciences and Environment, and Technology. Details will follow nearer the time.

Preparing for networking at Professional Connect

For more resources to help you prepare to network, visit the Careers Spotlight: Networking page.

Networking tips from Kantar World Panel - Monday 25 February, 4.15-6.15pm.

Book via the Interactive Careers Service.

In this session you will learn how important networking is to you right now as a university student and also throughout your personal and professional life.

Learn from somebody who has faced the barriers that you have faced and built networks in some of the largest multinational FMCG companies in the world.This is a stand-alone session, valuable in its own right, but will especially be of interest to students participating in Professional Connect the following evening.