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If you need help to plan your future or apply for jobs you can continue or start to use our services even after you've graduated.  

If you don't need any help from us, but would like to help current students, there are lots of ways to get involved.

Need careers help?

Need careers help?

Student at graduation

As a graduate, you can access most of the careers information on our website, but a few sections are password-protected due to the terms of external licences.

Career planning resources

The get ideas section will help you if you are unsure about your future career, or if you are considering a career change.  You may find the self-assessment tools on Explore your personality (PDF , 925kb) useful or explore York profiles to see what other graduates are doing. Our podcast also features interviews with people working in different job sectors.

There are also resources to help you in your job hunting and the recruitment process, including our networking toolkit. If you need help writing your CV and cover letter, our screencasts on Youtube are a good place to start.

You can now use CareerSet, an online tool giving feedback on your CV. CareerSet focuses on the language, formatting and impact of your CV to give a score and suggestions; you can continue to use the tool to improve your score.  You will need a York graduate email, and can access CareerSet via the CVs and applications page.

A York graduate email will also give you access to Team Focus for some personality and online tests, and Assessment Day for a range for practice tests.  Find out more on the ideas page, and the psychometric tests page.

Further help

Use Handshake to: 

  • ask a question
  • book appointments *
  • search for vacancies 
  • view our events programme.

Note: Careers Gateway has been replaced by a new platform, Handshake. All graduates (except 2020 graduates) should request access to Handshake by registering at Click on the 'Sign up here' link. Please note, 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).

2020 graduates should email to convert their student account to alumni status.

* online appointments are available if you are outside the York area. Please book a Careers Advice appointment via Handshake.

The level of service we can provide depends on:

  • demand from current students who receive priority at busy times. Appointments in the Autumn Term are restricted to current students and graduates from the previous summer only
  • we are better placed to advise recent graduates, rather than those who have been in employment for over five years
  • if you graduated prior to 2018, please telephone 01904 322685 to discuss your needs

Other sources of help

If you are not in York, check what service your nearest university may be able to offer to graduates from other universities. Alternatively, see the National Careers Service

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

While you are job hunting, you may be eligible for Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit. For more information see

Don't forget!

York Global Alumni Association runs online groups, events and networking opportunities. These can be great ways of getting in touch with other York alumni and gaining advice and support. 

Want to help?

Want to help?

Work with us 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 our online York Profiles and Mentors database.

Complete a York Profile questionnaire now to inspire current students!