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IMPORTANT NOTE: For the foreseeable future, appointments will be via Google Meet. For a Google Meet appointment, please be ready at your computer / laptop at the appointment time and accept the Google Meet invite which you will receive by email. If you will be using your phone, make sure you have the Hangouts Meet app installed.

Please check this week's appointments for details of availability.

Before you book, have you...?

  • checked our website for initial information relevant to your enquiry
  • accessed CareerSet to review your CV, and resources on our interviews page for help with interview preparation

Service-use eligibility

Who can use Careers and Placements?

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).

Which appointment?

Careers drop-in

Our information team will help you find resources to answer your initial careers questions. Available 11:00 - 13:00, Monday to Friday during term-time. For summer term, please send us a Facebook message or a query via Careers Gateway. You can send your questions at any time, but we will respond between 11:00 and 13:00. We can also arrange a Google Meet by mutual agreement.

Use this drop-in for issues like:

  • getting started with career ideas
  • finding out about different job sectors
  • looking for work
  • thinking about further study and funding
  • understanding the York Award

International students - you can discuss issues about working in the UK during and after your studies.

For CV/application reviews, please use CareerSet first and then book a CV/application review via Careers Gateway

Careers advice appointment (20 minutes)

If you know what you want to do, but not how to achieve it, or are considering different options, use this appointment to talk to an experienced Careers Consultant. For summer term, appointments will be held by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Use this appointment to help you to:

  • understand your information research and plan your next steps
  • consider career choices and support your decision making
  • get advice on preparing for your interview or assessment centre
  • deal with unsuccessful job applications, identifying problems

Bookable through Careers Gateway from 20:00 for appointments on the next two days.

Do not book a careers advice appointment for CV/application reviews. Instead use the resources on our CV page, and use CareerSet for feedback on your CV. After you have done that, if you need further advice, please submit your CV or application via Careers Gateway's Queries section - please see the CV/application review section below for more details. 

Don't forget, there are also faculty-specific Careers Advice appointments available each week. Select the appropriate types of appointments and use the calendar view in Careers Gateway to see what's available.

CV/application review

Get feedback on your:

  • CV
  • covering letter
  • personal statement
  • application form (for further study or a job)
  • LinkedIn profile

We can review one application, CV, covering letter or personal statement per feedback session. 

Before booking a CV review, please use our online resources and upload your CV to CareerSet (York log-in required) for a score and feedback.  You should aim to achieve a score of 65-70% or more. You may then talk to us for further advice on how to tailor your CV for a specific job role. If you are struggling to reach this score, you can book an appointment to discuss how to progress. For more information about CareerSet see our CV and applications page.

These appointments are only available during Autumn and Spring Terms. For CV reviews during Summer Term and vacations, please send us a query via Careers Gateway, attaching your CV or application for review. A careers consultant will review your CV and provide feedback either via a link to a Zoom recording or via written notes sent to you.

Please note, Zoom recordings are saved to the cloud and automatically deleted after 30 days.

Mock interview (30 minutes)

The chance to practise answering competency-based interview questions in a safe environment, with expert feedback on your approach.

A Careers Consultant will use generic interview questions, so you do not need to send us your application and job description in advance.  The focus will be on how you answer questions and perform during an interview.  It will be useful to look at the C-A-R model in our information sheet Interviews (PDF , 753kb)   before your mock interview.

You can also use Shortlist.Me to practice your interview skills and get experience of how video interviews work. It includes a range of generic and employer interviews to try out. Just use your university email address when registering for an interview and you'll receive a link.

Bookable through Careers Gateway seven days in advance.

For summer term, mock interviews will be via Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Placement queries (15 minutes)

Appointments with our Placements Team are specifically for students considering the Placement Year programme available through Careers and Placements.

Use this appointment to help you to:

  • understand the placements process
  • get support with your placement search
  • get feedback on your placement application

Book by emailing careers@york.ac.uk or careers-placements@york.ac.uk.

For summer term, appointments will be held by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Students with a placement year available through their academic department should speak to the relevant member of staff in that department.

Postgraduate research student careers advice appointment (30 minutes)

Use this appointment, with the Careers Consultant for postgraduate researchers, to discuss any aspect of career management, including:

  • building skills and experience
  • generating career ideas
  • identifying next steps
  • exploring options
  • decision making
  • applications and recruitment
  • interview preparation/mock interview (please state in the notes section what you are applying for, when booking for this)

whether you are hoping to stay in academia or are looking at careers in other sectors.

Bookable through Careers Gateway seven days in advance.

For summer term, appointments will be held by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Department-specific careers advice appointment

Careers advice from your department's Careers Consultant may be available in your academic department or in Careers and Placements. Check Careers Gateway for details for advice appointments available for your department's faculty (Arts and Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences).  You can also book a Careers advice appointment in Careers Gateway (listed separately from the Faculty appointments.) Select the appropriate types of appointments and use the calendar view in Careers Gateway to see what's available.

Bookable through Careers Gateway seven days in advance.

If you wish to review a CV or application please see CV/application review above.

For summer term, appointments will be held by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Do not book a careers advice appointment for CV/application reviews. Instead submit your CV via Careers Gateway's Queries section - please see the CV/application review section for more details. 

Final Year careers appointments

These are additional careers advice appointments (see section above), but for final year undergraduate students only.

Use this appointment to help you to:

  • understand your information research and plan your next steps
  • consider career choices and support your decision making
  • get advice on preparing for your interview or assessment centre
  • deal with unsuccessful jobn applications, identifying problems

Bookable through Careers Gateway from 20:00 for appointments on the next two days. 

For summer term, appointments will be help by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Do not book a careers advice appointment for CV/application reviews. Instead submit your CV via Careers Gateway's Queries section - please see the CV/application review section for more details.

Don't forget, there are also faculty-specific Careers Advice appointments available. Select the appropriate types of appointments and use the calendar view in Careers GAteway to see what's available.  

 

Enterprise consultation (20 minutes)

Use this appointment to:

  • discuss your business idea
  • test your proof of concept
  • enquire about funding your business idea

Bookable through Careers Gateway seven days in advance.

For summer term, appointments will be held by Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Booking and preparing for your appointment

How do I book an appointment?

  • Book appointments through Careers Gateway; you usually need to make your booking from 20:00 for the next day or the day after
  • You can book an appointment upto 20 minutes before it's due to start
  • Mock interviews and faculty appointments can be booked further ahead - up to 7 days in advance
  • Check which Careers staff are available for appointments this week
  • No need to book for Careers drop-in sessions Monday - Friday in term time, 11:00-13:00, for help from our information team with a range of topics, see above for details.

During vacations

  • During University vacations we offer a reduced number of Careers advice appointments only, for any questions.

Why can I only book two days in advance for general Careers advice?

  • This means you have the chance of getting an appointment as soon as possible 
  • The short time between booking and attending means you are less likely to forget and miss your appointment.

What appointments are running this week?

See a list of appointments for the coming week.

Do I need to prepare for my appointment?

  • To get the most from your appointment, please prepare beforehand by using online resources – eg CareerSet for initial feedback on a CV, and Shortlist.Me for interview practice, see the Apply for jobs pages for details.

Attending my appointment

  • Online appointments - please see note at the top of this Talk to us page about how we are offering appointments in summer term. 
  • We will try to start appointments promptly. However, if the previous appointment has overrun, you will still get a full appointment
  • If you are unable to attend, please cancel as soon as possible on Careers Gateway 
  • Students and graduates are restricted to 5 appointments of any one type (eg Careers Advice appointments) in any 70 day period. This is to give all users a fair chance of booking appointments. Please use your allocation wisely.

I'm not in York - can you still help me?

If you are:

  • a distance / online learner
  • an apprentice
  • an undergraduate on your year-long placement outside York
  • a York graduate no longer in the York area

you can still book an appointment in Careers Gateway, and we can arrange a phone or online appointment.

Note: summer term 2020 all appointments will be via Google Meet, see note at the top of this Talk to us page.

Service use eligibility

  • 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 graduated from York prior to 2018, please contact us to discuss your appointment needs, careers@york.ac.uk 
  • 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, and you should contact your own institution in the first instance
  • Access is not available to University staff and members of the public, unless they are a graduate of York
  • If we are not able to help you, you may be able to get support from the National Careers Service