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Careers support for graduate

York graduates get careers support for life and access to the York Global Alumni Association.

Graduates can access most of our online resources, speak one-to-one to a careers consultant and use Handshake, our careers platform, to browse job vacancies, connect with employers and see our upcoming events.

Get careers support

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:

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 summer 2020 or January 2021, 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 2021, ensure you have completed the Graduation Registration Task when asked to by the University. We will then convert your Handshake student account to an alumni account, once your student username has expired (usually 90 days after the official end of your course).

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
  • your particular needs; for example, we are better placed to advise recent graduates rather than those who have been in employment for over five years

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.

York Global Alumni Association

From the day that you graduate, you are part of our huge community out in the wider world. York Global Alumni Association offer a range of support and other ways to keep in touch including:

Update your contact information

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.