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If you need help to plan your future or apply for jobs you can still 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?

Career planning resources

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.

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.

If you graduated before summer 2020, you can register on Handshake by clicking 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).

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

Other sources of help

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 GOV.UK

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!