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York College Careers Service is here to enable all students to plan for their future, make informed decisions and learn what’s out there in the world of education employment and training. Our service is free, confidential and supports your individual journey.

We provide a high quality, confidential and impartial guidance service. This is freely available to all current students. We also offer e-guidance to all prospective and current students, email to speak with one of our knowledgeable advisers.

Our service is empowering, meaningful and inspiring. We encourage our students to reach their full potential and have happy successful futures.

York College has been recognised for its outstanding careers work, having been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded under licence by Prospects.

Providing you with the advice and guidance you require

Our students benefit from the following:

  • A stable and structured careers programme which is available to view on our website, is part of your tutorial programme and seeks feedback from students, parents and carers.
  • Access to high quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.
  • Support that meets your needs at a time in the year that is best for you.
  • The opportunity to experience how your subjects help you gain entry to a wide range of occupations
  • A range of activities to enable you to meet with employers and learn about the world of work and to develop your employability skills.
  • Experiences of the work place.
  • A range of opportunities to meet future providers of higher education, apprenticeships and training.
  • The opportunity for one-to-one guidance meetings with a Careers Adviser, that are impartial, confidential and up-to-date.

View the full Student Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Entitlement.

Meet the team

Careers Leader - Lindsey Skelly
Careers Adviser - Kirsty Mews
Uni Connect Officer - Freddie Hopkins

For more information about careers or for advice and guidance, email

Careers Programme calendar

For more information on the York College Careers Programme calendar 2021– 2022, click out the link below.

A stable Careers Programme

A stable Careers Programme & Careers in the Curriculum (Gatsby Benchmark 1 & 4)

Linking history with careers

Many of the things happening around the world today are influenced by the past. Piecing information together to create a complete picture of an event, society or era requires analytical, creativity and critical thinking skills. These skills are transferable to a range of other roles, from law and market research to economics, finance and business.

What workplace skills does history develop?

Debating: In careers as diverse as law, politics, bid writing, marketing and sales, you’ll need to be able to persuade others, using evidence to back up your case.

Research: Research is vital to paralegals preparing for legal cases, journalists and writers working on a story or article, and analysts investigating their area of expertise.

Time management: Most jobs involve deadlines or juggling priorities, from customer service, project management and IT support to contract work and freelancing.

And one you might not have thought of...

Staying positive: The past teaches us that things can change for the better. Positivity is vital when you're up against a professional challenge such as a difficult customer, a tough problem or a steep learning curve.

What jobs can you get with history?

Archaeologist: Study history up to A-level then consider a degree such as archaeology, anthropology, history, conservation or heritage management.

Conservation Officer: After studying history to A-level, choose a degree in a subject like history, history of art or conservation.

Broadcast Journalist: Study history to A-level then do a journalism degree or an apprenticeship in broadcast journalism.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university?

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a history-related career include: Culture and Heritage Venue Officer, Teaching Assistant, Government Communications Officer, Creative Media Content Apprentice, E-Commerce Apprentice, Legal Project Executive, Tourism Project Administrator, Social media officer.

In 2017, 16.9% of graduates got jobs in business, finance or HR such as HR assistant manager, investment banking analyst and operations underwriting assistant. Over one in 10 went into marketing, PR and sales including PR intern and PR assistant. Over a quarter went on to postgraduate study in an academic subject like medieval studies or a vocational area such as journalism.

What did studying history do for them?

"During my studies I spent time reading texts and sources, developing my ability to analyse and solve problems. These are both skills I use on a daily basis in our busy office environment, where I am balancing conflicting priorities and projects."

—Charlotte, graduate trainee at Smart Works Charity

"The ability to interpret sources and use evidence to form an argument in essays is highly relevant to the work of a lawyer. A lawyer must be able to interpret sources of law and build an evidence-based argument when acting in disputes or providing legal advice. The ability to analyse a large amount of material and identify relevant information is also of great importance to a lawyer."

—Richard, solicitor apprentice at Fieldfisher

"By studying history at university I had the chance to spend a lot of time thinking about how big changes affect groups of people in society differently, and what difference the response of government and communities can make to how they affect people’s lives."

—Rachel, policy analyst at Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

View this useful Parents and Carers eBook that's filled with useful advice and guidance for your consideration.

Careers in the Curriculum

Careers in the curriculum ( Gatsby Benchmark 4)

View the latest Careers Programme Calendar
, this calendar has been put together by our Careers Service to help students visualise when planned careers activity will take place.

View the Careers Programme Calendar for 2021 2022.

If you are the parent of a student, you can find our Parent Information page here where you can find general information about the college.

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (Gatsby Benchmark 2)


Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations help of learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Please click here to use the Careerometer


Apprenticeships (Gatsby benchmark 3)

Here's some useful links and information on apprenticeships offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities. More information on apprenticeships can be found on the Amazing Apprenticeships website here.

Find an apprenticeship via the Government website. All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised here.

View York College's current apprenticeship vacancies.

Apprenticeships Guide Parent’s Pack
This guide is a handy PDF document that will give you an excellent idea of the different types of modern apprenticeships that are available.

Apprenticeship Champion Newsletter (including a Parents’ & Carers’ Pack)

    Latest Apprenticeships in York
    Virtual CEIAG Offer to York Schools May 2020 - Please click on link here

    View the latest weekly York Apprenticeship News & Opportunities Bulletin.

    Work Experience

    Work experience (Gatsby Benchmark 6)

    More information to follow.

    Post 16 Pathways and Progression Routes

    Post 16 Pathways and Progression Routes (Gatsby benchmark 7)

    Useful links and information on post-16 progression.

    Levels of Study


    The UCAS Hub

    Degree Apprenticeships

    Undergraduate Qualifications at York College University Centre

    Useful Links

    The National Careers Service
    The NCS provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week). Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

    Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work. iCould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

    Future Higher York website

    Parental Guidance
    Offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

    Baker Clause
    This document sets out York College’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the College for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the college’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

    The Parents Guide To
    This page gives a fantastic introduction to T Levels, what are they and why they might be right for your child.

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