You're at the start of a journey; we'll help you get to your destination. Discover and develop your strengths, and get recognition for your extracurricular activities through our unique employability programme.
The York Strengths programme can help you make the most of your time at university. It will help you explore and develop your employability skills so that you become more confident, truly understanding what you can offer to employers.
Find out more about yourself
This programme offers activities, awards, advice and action plans to help you understand your strengths. When we feel able to articulate the positive characteristics we have to offer, we are in a stronger position to respond to change, take opportunities and make better decisions for the future.
Identify careers that suit you
When you do what you love you have more energy, feel more engaged, learn quicker and perform better. Understanding your strengths helps you to make more positive career choices, matching your strengths to a role where you feel more fulfilled and inspired. This allows you to shine and make a positive difference!
Create a personal action plan
Take part in interactive opportunities, both in person and online, and enjoy fun and insightful activities throughout your time at York. These will help you to understand yourself better, reveal your working preferences, assess your progress and identify areas for development.
You will also have access to expert advice through one-to-one feedback. You can then create a personal action plan to kick-start your career planning and encourage you to make the most of the wide range of opportunities out there.
Build your confidence
The York Award is a formal award from the University. It celebrates your personal and professional development within and outside of your programme of study, demonstrating to employers that you have taken a proactive approach to life at university.
The York Leaders programme gives you the chance to develop leadership skills alongside employers and alumni. You will explore and develop your own leadership skills, becoming a leader who works to improve the groups or communities they are a part of.
Boost your employability
Work while you study
Gain valuable work experience and expand your skill set while you study.
Explore options for volunteering
Broaden your leadership and organisational skills and make a difference to other people’s lives.
Meet top employers
Engage with employers at careers fairs, workshops and networking events.