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An exclusive programme for Social Sciences students to kickstart your career

Departments of Economics, Education, Law, Management, PEP, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Social Political Science, Women's Studies, HYMS

Your Social Sciences Careers and Placements team
Kelly McDonald photo ‌‌‌Pip Rackstraw photo for faculty web page

Kelly McDonald

Faculty Employability Manager


Postgraduate qualification in Careers Guidance.

Worked in schools and colleges, with a focus on raising aspirations and widening participation.

Ten years experience in universities supporting students and staff including researchers.

Currently training as a professional coach.

Philippa (Pip) Rackstraw

Careers Consultant

MA from University of York, Archaeology.

Postgraduate qualification in Career Guidance and Development.

Previous experience in Graduate and Contractor Recruitment .

Activities this term open to all Social Sciences students

Departmental events

Social Sciences Careers Catch up (all 10:30 - 11:30)

  • Week 2 - 25 April, York Law School, Campus East
  • Week 3 - 2 May, Kitchen at Alcuin, Seebohm Rowntree
  • Week 4 - 7 May, Derwent Costa
  • Week 5 - 16 May, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East
  • Week 6 - 23 May, The Edge Cafe, Wentworth College

Working in Research

1 May, 14:00 - 17:00, Physics/Exhibition Centre

Panel Q&A, followed by the chance to have an informal chat with the panellists

Deadlines for your diary

Enterprise - York Business Challenge Deadline 19 May (Competition, supported by Santander, to find the best Startups and Freelancers in the University

Volunteering - opportunities open for applications weeks 1 - 5

York Strengths - check out the dates for Development Days for 1st Year Undergraduates


Central Careers events

Get Experience for Your CV, 1 May, 16:00 - 17:00, P/T/006

Workshop for Finalists Without Plans, 29 May,11:00 - 12:30, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Searching for Job Vacancies, 29 May, 13:00 - 14:00, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Job Fair, 29 May, 12:00 - 15:00, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Graduating with a 2.2, 3rd or Pass Degree, 18 June, 14:00 - 15:00, P/T/007


Social Sciences-specific and general careers advice appointments are available throughout the term.  Check availability and book in Careers Gateway.

Careers drop-ins, Careers and Placements, Monday to Friday 11.00 - 13.00 - no need to book, just turn up!