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Enhancing your career prospects

Develop highly sought-after skills so you can stand out as an exceptional candidate.

You’ll have access to our excellent employer and recruiter networks, specialist careers support and development and training opportunities.

Engage with top employers

As a Russell Group university, we're a popular choice for many top recruiters as they all recognise the quality of our graduates.

We also offer a comprehensive programme of events online and on campus throughout the year, including careers fairs, employer-led events and networking opportunities. These give you multiple ways to meet potential employers, learn and develop your skills and explore your future job options. You can also network via our online York Profiles and Mentors platform.

We work with leading recruiters including:

  • Accenture
  • Aldi
  • ARM
  • Aviva
  • Bank of England
  • BT
  • Civil Service
  • Clifford Chance
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Frontline
  • Grant Thornton
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Linklaters
  • L'Oréal
  • Morrisons
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Nissan
  • P&G
  • Police Now
  • PwC
  • Santander
  • Teach First

Through the York Profiles and Mentors platform, I met my current leadership coach who has helped me to scale an initiative supporting survivors of human trafficking. I have connected with a few alumni through the University of York network, which provides a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions, share career aspirations and contribute to a more equitable future.

Anxhela (Albania) (MA Global Crime and Justice)

Specialist careers support

We’re here to support you at every stage of your studies, helping you to plan your next steps and realise your career ambitions. Our Careers and Placements team work closely with your Department to help you identify and articulate skills gained through postgraduate-level study.

We offer a wealth of opportunities, resources and advice – online and in person – to help you develop your skills such as:

  • CV writing
  • presentation skills
  • preparing for interviews
  • videos, learning packages and psychometric tests.

I first learned about the Careers Service last semester when I applied for an internship at a local school in York. I had some problems preparing my application, so I visited Careers and Placements. A member of staff warmly welcomed me and gave detailed answers to my questions. In order to give me a clear understanding of the application procedures and materials, she also wrote some information down for me. I am proud to say that the University’s Careers Service is really thoughtful and helpful.

Mengyun Lui, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

York Strengths Programme

You can also take part in our award-winning York Strengths Programme, helping you identify your strengths and stand out to employers.

Find your strengths

Work experience

Interested in part-time work during your studies? We can provide you with details of job vacancies, volunteering, and work experience opportunities.

York Internships offer exclusive, paid, project-based internships with local employers, enabling you to enhance your career prospects alongside your studies.

Some of our Masters also include practicals and fieldwork to help you apply the theory and knowledge learned on your course to real-world problems.

The Student Enterprise Space includes a 360 degree demonstration space.

Starting an enterprise

Tap into the culture of innovation at York in the dedicated Student Enterprise Space, with free hot-desking facilities and a 360 degree demonstration space. Our Enterprise team can help you access the funding, advice and guidance you need to turn your ideas into reality.

Discover enterprise opportunities

The contemporary, while challenging, academic environment at York inspired me to reach goals that I once thought unobtainable. Thanks to enterprise initiatives run by the Careers team, I was driven to use the knowledge gained in lectures to set up as a Freelance Social Media Manager, alongside my studies. My course, combined with this practical experience, helped me secure my current role before graduation.

Christopher Clemo, SEO and Social Media Analyst, Telegraph Media Group (MA Social Media and Social Research)

York's alumni association, Professional Network event at PwC, London.

Developing professional networks

  • Our networking events bring together current students with recent graduates and established alumni to provide valuable connections and opportunities across a range of sectors
  • We also offer special events for those interested in pursuing a career in research, industry or academia
  • You’ll have online access to York Profiles and Mentors, so you can explore hundreds of graduate profiles from a range of industries and even request specific advice or mentoring online
  • Once you leave York, you’ll be invited to join York for Life, giving you lifelong access to careers support and global networking opportunities.

I love my job! I create commissioned video content for charities and brands around the world. So far, my clients have included: Twitter, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal British Legion, SO What Global and the NHS. I’ve also won awards for my work with The Miscarriage Association, Living Streets and Population Matters.

Thomas Martin, Creative Producer at RAW Productions (MA Digital Film and Television Production)

Global opportunities

Study or work abroad

Depending on your course, it may be possible to work or study abroad as part of your Masters, spending from two weeks to a few months in the summer at a partner university or host organisation. Studying or working abroad can enrich your study and give you the competitive edge you need to take the next step in your career.

Our Global Opportunities Team can advise you on study and work abroad opportunities and funding.

Learn a language

Our free language and intercultural competency courses help you prepare for a period of work or study abroad. We also offer a range of general and bespoke language courses, from beginner to advanced level.

Language skills can both impress potential employers and come in handy should you have to attend conferences abroad, or carry out research in another country.

Register your interest

My Masters is truly interdisciplinary as I am part of two departments (Department of Archaeology and Department of Environment and Geography). It tackles the need for interdisciplinary knowledge which has brought professional and personal development and highlighted various industries I could potentially have a career in. As a sustainability advocate, I am passionate about making a positive change in our environment, addressing anthropogenic issues and creating ideas to help preserve long-term sustainability. This Masters is helping me do exactly that.

Sandhiya, MSc Sustainability Science