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Plus, you can keep accessing all of the below:

Careers planning resources

You can access most of the information on our website, but a few sections are password-protected due to the terms of external licences. Here are some sections you might find useful:

Access online Careers resources with your York alumni email

Register for a York graduate email to access 

  • CareerSet - immediate feedback on your CV or cover letter
  • Team Focus - online questionnaires which may be useful as you consider the type of work that would suit you: Type dynamics indicator (personality), Learning styles indicator, Resilience scale questionnaire.
  • AssessmentDay - practice numerical and diagrammatic reasoning tests 

In addition to the support you can get from Careers and Placements, we are able to offer career coaching to some recent graduates, subject to certain eligibility requirements.


All graduates get access to Handshake, our careers platform, where you can: 

  • send us questions 
  • book appointments
  • search job vacancies
  • view our events programme

You can also use Handshake to network with other graduates and contact employers.

How to register on Handshake

If you graduated before summer 2020, you can register on Handshake by clicking on the 'Sign up here' link. When asked for your email address you should input your personal address - it does not need to be a University of York one (despite the instructions on screen).

If you graduated in 2020 - 2022, you will already have an account in Handshake. Please email with your name, degree and dates to convert your student account to alumni status.

If you are graduating in summer 2023 or later we will convert your Handshake student account to an Alumni account. If you log into Handshake and see that you now have Alumni status, you should be able to update your York email to your personal email to ensure that you continue to have access to Handshake. If you have any problems accessing Handshake please contact

Other places to get help

You can use the National Careers Service. While you are job hunting, you may be eligible for Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit. For more information see GOV.UK

Interview support for women - Smart Works offers a clothing consultation and interview coaching session to unemployed women. Contact us if you think a referral would be helpful.

If you are currently studying at another university, you should approach their careers service for help in the first instance.

Want to help York students?

As a graduate, you have knowledge and experience that could be invaluable to our students preparing for life after York. We now have a really easy way for you to share your experiences with current students through York Profiles and Mentors.

Graduate Outcomes

You will be asked to complete the national Graduate Outcomes survey 15 months after graduation. You will receive the survey invitation by phone from ‘GradOutcome’ or by email from Please do complete this survey! Insights from the survey help us better understand the graduate labour market, and inform higher education policy and careers provision.