Studying at York gives you more than a degree. We help prepare you for whatever future path you choose to take.
During your time at York we offer you the chance to develop your skills, strengths and leadership qualities through a series of activities and opportunities. You can build a rich portfolio of skills and experiences to enhance your CV, impress employers, set up your own enterprise or prepare you for further study.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016 - UK/EU/overseas graduates
Department for Education, Graduate outcomes report 2017
Our employability initiative, York Futures, will help you understand the options that are available to you, reflect on your experiences and make plans for moving toward a career that you'll thrive in. Our unique approach starts early in your time at York, giving you the time you need to explore your options and take full advantage of our broad range of personal development opportunities.
As part of York Futures, you can get involved with:
These activities will help you make friends easily and get to know York.
Each Autumn, we invite more than 50 recruiting employers to each of our three Careers Fairs, kick-starting the annual employer events programme and providing access to work experience opportunities for first and second year students as well as graduate roles for those in their final year.
Our unique three-stage York Strengths Programme helps you make sense of what you could offer to employers. It includes:
An online exercise that allows you to respond naturally to familiar situations and scenarios such as problem-solving activities and identifying your personal motivators, resulting in a feedback report outlining your top 3 strengths and an area for development. Unique and personal to you, it will provide a foundation to build on throughout your time at York.
This full day event consists of a number of fun and insightful activities that give you the opportunity to understand yourself better, reveal your working preferences, assess your progress and identify areas for development.
You will be given expert advice through one-to-one feedback from a trained professional from a range of sectors. The day culminates in the creation of a personal action plan to kick start your career planning and encourage you to make the most of the wide range of opportunities at York.
Starting in your second year, the York Award is an employability certificate awarded by the University alongside your degree. It recognises and rewards your contribution to societies, volunteering, employer events, work placements and internships.
York Award demonstrates to employers that you have taken a proactive approach to life at university that goes beyond your academic studies to enhance your own personal development. It is a great addition to your CV, helping you to pull together and reflect on your experiences from your first year and present them in a way that will appeal to employers.
Discover the York Award.
Get a head start to a brighter future through the opportunities, resources and advice we offer.
York has links with top academic institutions and employers all over the world. You can apply to go abroad for a few weeks, a semester or a full academic year.
You can also build up your language skills and cultural knowledge before you study abroad by joining one of our free courses (Languages for International Mobility) when you come to York.
Explore our global programmes and placements.
"My semester in Spain turned out to be one of the greatest, most special times of my life. I have no doubt that the friends and memories I have made on my year abroad will last a lifetime."
Laura, La Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Erasmus exchange)
Even if you're not preparing for an international placement, you can still develop new language skills alongside your studies. Whether you want to study for fun or improve your career prospects, we offer a wide range of flexible language courses.
Courses are available in different levels, from beginner to advanced, and include languages such as Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Classical Latin, Medieval Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Find out more about our Languages for All programmes.
"Extra activities can help expand your CV, knowledge, skills, experiences and personal development. They are what employers look for when recruiting.”
Alex, BA Sociology with Criminology
Gain valuable work experience and industry knowledge, and develop your key skills by taking a summer internship, choosing a Year in Industry, or by undertaking part-time work during your studies.
New for 2018. As an undergraduate student at York, you will have the opportunity to pursue a placement, regardless of what course you choose. This is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and enhance your employability.
Explore opportunities to work while you study.
"My internship at TSYS was about understanding the consumer perception around mobile payments. I designed an online survey and analysed the data using a statistical program which I learned to use during my Masters at York. What I did during the internship was linked so closely to what I studied throughout the academic year."
Lucio, MSc Global Marketing
Broaden your leadership and organisational skills and make a difference to other people’s lives through our extensive volunteering programme.
You could volunteer in a local school through our award-winning York Students in School scheme, support people with dementia with the Minds in Motion project, or run a fundraising event for Raising and Giving (RAG).
Explore our volunteering programme.
"I volunteered for the charity Minds in Motion. They hold social and recreational events for people living with dementia. My role included organising all the logistics like booking venues, inviting guests and recruiting volunteers to run the session. Through my volunteering, I’ve realised that working for a charity is what I want to do in the future.”
Heather, BA English Literature and Philosophy
We can help you grow your fledgeling business. Connect with mentors and business advisers and tap into the culture of enterprise and innovation at our Student Enterprise Space. The centre offers free hot-desking facilities and support to help you put your ideas into action.
Competitions and activities run throughout the year and are a great way to get involved with enterprise, gain financial backing, and develop your skills. You can also access funding and extra support through YuStart, our crowdfunding platform, or by joining the Entrepreneurs Society, run by and for students who are interested in enterprise.
Find out more about how we support enterprise and entrepreneurship.
"Staff from York’s Careers service helped me get my business idea off the ground. They encouraged me to formulate a business plan and apply for funding and support from the University – I went to entrepreneur bootcamp and learned a lot.”
Bethan Vincent, Director of Vincent’s Coffee and Bright Ethics, BA History, 2013
Each year the University offers additional scholarships to students once they have started their studies at York, including scholarships to enhance employability and leadership skills.
The Laidlaw Scholarship equips you with the skills, knowledge and behaviour to become a leader of tomorrow, and to make a significant impact in your chosen occupation.
The programme combines leadership development with a research project to develop key transferable skills and empower you to leave a lasting legacy in your field.
Offering 70 awards in 2017/18, the York Futures Scholarship provides funds for you to access opportunities that give you a head start in the job market.
Employers regularly target our students and graduates for internships, placements and graduate vacancies. You'll also get the chance to meet them at careers fairs, workshops, presentations and networking events, as well as through your academic department.
This includes recruiters such as L’Oréal, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé, HSBC, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, IBM, the NHS, Teach First and the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate scheme.
Access hundreds of workshops, skills sessions and networking events to enhance your career prospects, strengthen your CV and develop key transferable skills. Employer talks, recruitment fairs, departmental events, and careers workshops offer regular opportunities to network with potential employers, explore your options and get help and advice.
You can learn about successful York graduates' career journeys through talks, online case studies and mentoring schemes.
Our global network of 116,000 York alumni work in organisations such as Twitter, the United Nations, Accenture, BBC, Deutsche Bank, European Space Agency, Microsoft, BMW, NATO, BP, Diageo, Google, and J P Morgan.
Many of our alumni visit campus, share their stories and are there to offer you support and advice through York Alumni Association.
Recognising and rewarding your contribution to activities and communities at York.Find out more
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