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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. Large corporate employers, the public sector, creative, charity and third sector employers all recognise the quality of our graduates.

We also offer a comprehensive programme of events 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
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Linklaters
  • L'Oréal
  • Morrisons
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Nissan
  • P&G
  • Police Now
  • PwC
  • Santander
  • Teach First

Students attending a careers networking event on campus.

"My postgraduate course led straight into my first professional role as a Sound Editor and Sound Designer on a Universal Studios backed feature film. The local production company cherry-picked candidates directly from the course I was taking and we started work on the project immediately after completion of our Masters. Having working in this role for a couple of years I was able to use contacts made during my time at York to secure a position working with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team."

Andrew Manns, Lead Audio Systems Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover (MA Postproduction with Sound Design)

Specialist careers support

Our Careers team is on hand during your postgraduate study to answer any employability questions you have.

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 is familiar with your academic discipline and works closely with your department. This means they can 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
  • as well as videos, learning packages and psychometric tests.

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

"Make the most of additional events in your department, the support offered by the Careers team and extracurricular activities such as societies and sports clubs. Not only did this add to the richness and variety of my postgraduate experience, and help me meet new people, it also helped me add material to my CV. I was very involved in the University of York Labour Club during my BA, and I remained somewhat involved during my MA, which I know has helped me get the career I now have, working for a Labour MP."

Alex Osborne, PhD student at the University of Bristol and Parliamentary Assistant to Kerry McCarthy MP (MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture)

Work experience

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

Our Student Internship Bureau advertises an exclusive programme of 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.

Students volunteering through our York Students in Schools (YSIS) programme.

"The course was well-rounded, with taught lectures, laboratory sessions, practicals and field-work in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It affirmed the importance of undertaking study in this area, as global environmental threats are at a critical point, and we must collectively make and embrace action to protect what we have for future generations to come. My undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University of York have collectively provided the foundation for and springboard into exciting, rewarding work, delivering on flagship projects necessary for environmental protection, and I'm therefore hugely appreciative of all the staff at the University of York who made this happen."

Dale Hoyland, Project Officer, Cherwell District Council, and Trustee, Vegetarian Society. (MSc Marine Environmental Management)

Starting an enterprise

You can connect with mentors and business advisers and tap into the culture of enterprise and innovation at York in the dedicated Student Enterprise Space.

The centre offers free hot-desking facilities and support to help you put your ideas into action. Our Enterprise team can help you access the funding, advice and guidance you need to turn your ideas into reality.

Find out more about how we support enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Student Enterprise Space includes a 360 degree demonstration space.

"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)

Developing professional networks

York Alumni Association, Professional Network event at PwC, London.

  • 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 become a member of York Alumni Association, our global network of over 116,000 alumni. Our lifelong community gives you access to continued careers support and networking opportunities with fellow York graduates.

"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

Global programmes and placements

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 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. It is a life-changing experience that can boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition.

Our Centre for Global Programmes can advise you on study and work abroad opportunities and funding, including exchanges, traineeships and independent projects.

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 beginners 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.

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