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Final Year Undergraduates

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The final year of your degree can be a very busy period for academic commitments (with course assessments, dissertations and final exams), but it's also a time you'll be seriously considering your next steps after graduation.

So, how do you get 'graduate ready'? Try our Next Steps Planner to find resources for whichever stage you're at. Alternatively, check out the sections below to see the support that's available to you. Don't forget there's lots more information on the rest of our website too.

For the class of 2020, life after graduation may be looking quite different from what you'd expected. Check our regularly updated page, Careers issues in Covid-19 and look after yourself too - you'll find some tips in our blog, Five ways to careers wellbeing.

Not sure what to do? First steps

If you want to start thinking about possible career areas try the following resources.

  • Exploring career ideas - exercises to help you discover what's right for you
  • What are you good at? If you took part in York Strengths, review your feedback and consider how you've developed since first year. If you didn't, you can still access the Online Discovery to help evaluate your strengths
  • Find inspiration from York alumni with our York profiles and mentors
  • Discover what different job sectors can offer and check out our podcast, 'What do you actually do?' for insights into different job roles
  • Do you want to use your subject knowledge? Get ideas with Prospects' 'What can I do with my degree?

Help with job hunting

Where to look when job hunting

  • Vacancy resources for different opportunities
  • Find out the difference between graduate schemes and direct entry jobs on the graduate jobs page
  • The job hunting toolkit gives a bit more detail about different aspects of the job hunting process
  • For some jobs you might need to check out specialist job sites. Our job sectors pages and information sheets feature some of these
  • Student Internship Bureau offers some paid internships for graduates, so you can still get valuable work experience immediately after graduating
  • You can also add to your work experience through volunteering. Check out opportunities available, including Community projects, available in your final Summer term
  • Graduate Options LIVE: Understanding your options post graduation - session recorded June 2020, access on our presentations page.

Help with applications and interviews

Further advice and support

If you're still unsure about your next steps, we're here to help. You can discuss any careers-related issue at Careers Drop-in or at a careers advice appointment. See the Talk to us page for information about the range of appointments we offer - all of which you can book through Handshake

If you're concerned about any issues, such as your degree result; disclosing a disability; how to talk about a leave of absence, we have some resources that could help:

Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss your concerns.

The Open University has a free online course, Just graduated, what next? which includes looking for work, and the transition to the workplace (including working remotely).

After graduation

Even after graduation you still have access to the majority of our services, including appointments (via Google Meet). Check out the alumni page for details of what's still on offer.

York graduates can continue to access Handshake to view vacancies, submit online enquiries via the Careers Information Team and book appointments. You will need to activate your account on Handshake (live July 2020) and can update your profile and share it with employers if you wish.

Finally, all York graduates are part of the York Global Alumni Association, helping you to keep in touch with the University and other York alumni. you'll receive further information about this at graduation.