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Reference materials in Careers and Placements

Students in discussion, international students

Other online tools

The following resources are available to York students only and require users to log in with their University username

  • Handshake - search vacancies, book appointments and view event details for Careers and Placements
  • CareerSet will give your CV a score based on language, content, formatting and impact, together with some suggestions for improvement
  • Shortlist.Me - try out mock interviews with a range of employers; use your university email address to register for a practice interview
  • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding (see link on funding page) - database of funding opportunities for postgraduate study
  • Goinglobal (see link on international work page) - huge resource for international job hunting, including 41 country profiles, North American city guides and directory of 400,000+ company profiles
  • Profiling for Success (see link on explore ideas page) - a suite of aptitude tests, including personality, resilience and learning styles exercises, and a career inventory
  • AssessmentDay practice numerical, verbal and diagrammatic aptitude tests
  • Presentation slides and recordings from some of the sessions held each term.

Also available:

What do you actually do?! podcasts exploring what it's really like working in a range of different careers.



We have a range of journals available for reference use in the Careers and Placements building.

These are great for background reading and for keeping up-to-date with the latest news in different sectors.

Some journals have on-line versions, which may offer full or only partial access to non-subscribers.

Finance & consultancy


The Economist 

Museums & heritage

British Archaeology

Museums Journal

Publishing & media

The Journalist

PR Week


Campaign (advertising sector)

The Bookseller 

Science, engineering & technology

Planet Earth (NERC)

Hydro International

New Scientist

Wellcome News (Wellcome Trust)

Physics World

Third sector Third Sector




We have a range of books covering:

  • different types of jobs and sectors
  • applications and interviews
  • international work and study
  • further study

All our books are for reference only, but some titles have duplicate copies available for loan from the University Library. Our book collection can be viewed and searched via the University Library catalogue.

Free take away materials

Free take away materials

You can help yourself to free copies of employer directories, booklets and leaflets in the Careers building. For 2020-21 please find these resources online.

On-line publications

General information:


Business, consulting and management:


Engineering, IT and technology:


Postgraduate study

  • Postgraduate study guide