Here at YUSU we aim to make sure that the opportunities we offer our students benefit their personal and professional development, and support them to become more employable. Our YUSU Develops offer encompasses a broad range of training and self-reflection opportunities for students to enhance their competencies and begin to translate their strengths into an articulation of employability. We also work closely with the Careers department at the University to ensure that York as a whole are continually supporting students with their future prospects.
Below is a variety of resources, opportunities, and support services you can access or get involved in, all of which will support you in developing your employability.
University Careers service
The Careers Service at the University provide support and guidance in relation to employment during and beyond University. They can advise on a range of different topics including finding part-time work, CV workshops, options if your University career hasn’t gone to plan and even providing volunteering opportunities and placements to enhance your employability whilst at University. They have a number of drop-in sessions during term time, as well as workshops and fairs that might be of interest to you.
You can find out more information on their webpages, as well as upcoming events and information on volunteering and job opportunities available via their online gateway.
Below are some reader-friendly guides that provide advice and support for various aspects of job hunting and applications. For further advice or guidance, email [email protected] or get in touch with the University of York Careers Service.
The York Award
All of the opportunities that YUSU offers students support their employability prospects. It is therefore important that students gain recognition for the strengths they have developed and have the chance to articulate what they particularly excel at.
The York Award is run by the Careers Department at the University and is an excellent way to gain accredited recognition for the work you have done and the skills you have developed whilst being at University. It identifies students who have not only shown exceptional academic performance, but also students who have been actively involved in extracurricular activities. It is split into three stages that you can apply for throughout your time at University:
York Award Gold
York Award Leaders
For more details on the York Award, and how to apply, please follow this link.
York Profiles and mentors - career advice from York Alumni
York Profiles and Mentors is all about letting you see where other York students have gone after graduating. Search for students by subject, country and industry, ask alumni questions about how they got where they are now and maybe even find yourself a mentor to guide and coach you through your own search for internships and jobs! You can find more info here.
YuStart - Flexible funding for your project
YuStart is a crowdfunding site with a difference, managed by the University of York’s Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA). You can use it to raise money for a whole host of projects to help you with your employability, with start-to-end guidance on your project to boost your chances of success. From sports equipment to volunteering placements abroad, there's very little we won't help you fund, so head to the website and get funding!
Looking for part-time work?
Are you a student who is looking for part-time work alongside your studies?
Over the year, YUSU recruits a number of student staff in both the charity and commercial sides of the organisation. During your time working for us, we provide training and support to ensure that you develop your professional skills and much as possible.
If you are interested in working for your Students’ Union and helping shape the student experience for your peers, take a look at our jobs page for any current vacancies.
If you have any questions about the training YUSU offers,the organisation’s work on employability, or which activities might benefit your development, please get in touch with our Student Training Development Coordinator on [email protected]