IMPORTANT NOTE: For the foreseeable future, appointments will be via Zoom (you will get the link in your Handshake message confirming your booked appointment). Please be ready at your computer / laptop at the appointment time, and ensure your device's camera and microphone are working beforehand.
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Only current students and graduates of the University have full access to our services. Exceptions to this include graduate access to appointments at busy periods, when priority will be given to current students. If you are currently studying at another university, you should use its careers service.
Graduates of other institutions have limited access for up to three years after graduation. Appointment availability is subject to demand from current students, who will receive priority.
Access is unavailable to University staff and members of the public, unless they meet the above criteria (ie are graduates of York or a recent graduate of another university).
If we are not able to help you, you may be able to get support from the National Careers Service
If you have any careers-related questions (career planning, getting started, where to look for jobs, where to look for careers information, etc).
Use the extensive resources on our website - many of your questions may be answered here. If you can't find the information, move to Step 2.
If your enquiry is about:
contact the Careers Information Team via Handshake. In Handshake's 'Careers Centre' click on Careers Information Team under the 'Public Staff List' and then click on the blue 'send a message' button. See our how to guide: how to send us a message on Handshake, if you want to see what this looks like.
Alternatively, come to Careers Drop-in for help with finding careers information. These run in the Careers Building Monday - Friday, 11am to 1pm, during term-time. This service is unavailable during periods of lockdown.
Book a Careers Advice appointment (or a related appointment*) via Handshake. Topics appropriate for these appointments include:
*These related appointments include:
Help with job and further study applications, including:
For CVs, upload your CV to CareerSet for initial feedback.
Remember you can further refine your CV by uploading it to CareerSet multiple times, after applying the feedback it provides each time.
Use the CV checklist in CareerSet to ensure you've covered all aspects of your CV.
Use the tailoring section to help tailor your CV for particular jobs and sectors.
If you require feedback on an application form/personal statement/covering letter/LinkedIn profile, submit it by uploading it to your record in Handshake and messaging the Careers Information Team. You do not need to make your document "public" in Handshake for a review.
Help with preparing for interviews and practising interview technique, including interviews for:
Use the resources on the interview web page.
Practise answering interview questions using Shortlist.Me.
Book a mock interview via Handshake, but only if you have an actual job / further study interview scheduled.
Postgraduate Research students should seek to book a Postgraduate Research Student Careers appointment in the first instance (as mock interviews can be conducted in this appointment type).
Help with considering the Placement Year programme available through Careers and Placements.
Visit the placement year web page for initial information.
If you are a second year undergraduate, book a Placement Year appointment in Handshake. First year undergraduates may book these appointments from Spring term onwards. Autumn term appointments are restricted to second year undergraduates only.
Use a Placement Year appointment to help you:
Students with a placement year available through their academic department should speak to the relevant member of staff in that department.
Help with advice about setting up your own business.
Visit the Enterprise web pages for information and advice
Get involved with the activities and opportunities offered by the Enterprise team
Book an Enterprise appointment via Handshake to:
If you want to discuss applying for a Start-up Visa, please book a Start-up Visa enquiry in Handshake.
Once you've explored the resources on our website, book an appointment through Handshake:
If you are:
you can still book an appointment in Handshake for an online appointment.