International students – enhancing your employment prospects at York

International students – enhancing your employment prospects at York


Liz Smith: There’s a whole range of different things that we do to support our students in developing their employability. Things that might be of particular interest to international students would be our employability tutorial, our volunteering and student internship opportunities, our website which has some specific pages for international students. Also our events program which has a whole range of different things that they might want to join in with, and the York Award. In terms of the volunteering and internship opportunities, they are opportunities to either work within schools or community organisations unpaid, or to work paid for organisations within the local employer workforce or on campus. And they give an opportunity for international students to develop their language skills, to meet a whole range of different people, and also to get some experience of working in the U.K. Our flagship events are our recruitment fairs: one on management and finance, one on IT, and one on law, and all of them attract top employers. For example, the law fair will have consistently all of the Magic Circle law firms attending. Dr. Stephen Smith: Within the Department of Electronics, especially for the taught Masters programs, we’re this year introducing a new initiative of internships. So, following completion of the taught Masters undergraduate program, we’re providing opportunity for the very best students to undertake a three month internship with companies in the U.K. And we’ve been contacting companies such as ARM, IBM, British Telecom, and BA Systems. Emily Timson: The placement degree in the York Management School is really popular. The benefits of completing a placement year really are endless. One of the main benefits is that our students leave us employable, and about 30% are actually offered a graduate position whilst they’re on placement. Generally students that have done a placement year get a better degree classification than those that don’t. Another benefit to the placement year is that the students can apply their academic learning in a work context. We work with organizations such as Deloitte and PwC in the financial services sector. We also do work a lot with investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and some of our students this year have gone into other firms such as Disney, Intel and GlaxoSmithKline. So there’s a real broad spectrum of companies that our students can go and be part of. Arthur: York Entrepreneurs Society provides a whole range of supporting activities. We’re here to help you improve your employability skills. We’re here to help you if you want to get your ideas started. We’ve got a dedicated business space. We’ve also got networks which link us to alumni and other organisations across the U.K. that can help you take yourself farther. It’s all about enabling you to be you, to shine through wherever you go. Nik Miller: The University of York has almost 100,000 alumni, based in almost every country in the world. Many alumni, every day of the week, use the powerful alumni network to secure placements, internships, job interviews, or just general advice about what it’s like to work in a particular sector. Our job in the Alumni Engagement Office is to ensure that the value of a York degree doesn’t stop once you graduate.