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Careers Advice Autumn term 2020

Our Careers department continues to be available for students, parents/carers and employers. Contact us via email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 potential and current students at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

Our careers offer is outlined in the entitlement document.

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

If you would like to chat with a Careers advisor, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

If you'd like to know where courses lead or which course to choose for a specific career area, please visit our Career Mapper search page. Here you can search for your career, view insights into the labour market, discover the future of your chosen industry and look at live vacancies in the area.

You can also keep in touch and find out about what we offer and events we are running via our Careers Facebook page.

'Virtual Events for National Careers Week 2021'

Events leaflet

Careers Leader

York College’s Careers leader is Lindsey Skelly. For more information about careers programmes please contact Lindsey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Stable Careers Programme

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

Parents and carers eBook


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 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)


Careers in the Curriculum

Careers in the curriculum ( Gatsby Benchmark 4)

Careers Programme Chart V2

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)



Apprenticeships.org offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at amazingapprenticeships.com

Apprenticeships Guide Parent’s Pack 

A handy PDF document that will give you an excellent idea of the different types of modern apprenticeships that are available.

Latest Apprenticeships in York

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

Link to our latest weekly York Apprenticeship News & Opportunities Bulletin: https://mailchi.mp/b4fcb868e9a9/29062020-york-apprenticeship-news-opportunities?fbclid=IwAR2W-JgC1Eq8lpM_ctQ2iRNAB_bHaDDjqQfNNYXuM8tepTxcOhNQifyfnBA

Please visit Amazing Apprenticeship’s latest newsletters listed below.

-      Apprenticeship Champion Newsletter (including a Parents’ & Carers’ Pack): https://mailchi.mp/amazingapprenticeships/aaa-february-1643573?e=09ca38bec4

-      7 ways to have a brilliant week: https://mailchi.mp/amazingapprenticeships/aaa-february-1643617?e=09ca38bec4


Please see below link to a Trainee Site Engineer Apprenticeship opportunity based in Leeds :



Virtual Events

Virtual events ( Gatsby Benchmark 1 & 5)

Support for students entering H.E in 2020 and 2021

Link for BBC Bitesize:


RAF virtual careers event Weds 15th July 10am -2pm. More info on the poster in the below link:

RAF event Poster

How will coronavirus affect your uni experience?

We're getting in touch today to let you know about our special Webinar Wednesday tomorrow with 4 universities, which will explore Student Life and look at how COVID-19 may affect your experience as a student. If you're heading to uni this September or thinking about going next year, you won't want to miss this.

We'll be exploring Freshers Week, Moving to University, Social Life and Studying. How will social distancing affect Freshers, and will online learning become the "new normal" alongside lectures?

The webinar is free of charge, and we'll be answering your questions live too.
Join us tomorrow (Wednesday 1 July) at 12:00.


Register Now


Missed the Virtual Fair?

If you missed our incredible Virtual Fair with over 100 universities, colleges and training providers, don't worry! The Virtual Fair will be open until Friday 17 July, so you still have time to register, login and explore.


Register Now

Art and Design Webinar

Are you thinking about studying Art or Design at university? You'll need to put together a portfolio to showcase your talent. Find out the University for the Creative Arts' top portfolio tips on Wednesday 8 July at 12:00.


Register Now


Dame Kelly Holmes Trust - Unlocking Performance


Over the coming weeks, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will be hosting an ‘Unlocking Performance – Bitesize Briefings’ webinar series led by our world-class athletes. Covering a range of topics, each webinar will provide young people with a unique insight into the key attitudes and mindset that drive a world-class team and individual performance.

Leadership, Confidence and Belief, Motivation, Resilience and Problem Solving, Wellbeing, Goal Setting, Communication and Teamwork

Progression day June 2020

Covid 19 presentation


UCAS presentation



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)

Waterline Summit 2020 poster and Leaflet

UCAS Clearing presentation

Higher Education

Qualification levels 

Email to A2 and level 3 Vocational students




 The UCAS Hub


 Degree level apprenticeships


Message from UCAS
Following the impact of COVID-19 on examinations and assessments, we have asked universities and colleges to extend the deadline for students to meet the academic conditions of their offer. Instead of 31 August, we have advised them to now give students until 7 September.

While universities and colleges will endeavour to be flexible in keeping places open, it’s important to remember this is only an advisory deadline.

If your students are aware of any potential delays to getting their results, it’s important they get in touch with their firm and insurance choices to discuss their options and keep them updated.

Kind regards



Message from UCAS

Are you looking to apply for a course with a 15 October deadline?

Next week we have a series of live sessions designed especially for them!

Encourage your students to join us live in the UCAS Hub for the chance to hear from the experts, ask their questions live, and find out what it really takes to get in.


The line-up

  • Tuesday, 23 June – Q&A with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
  • Wednesday, 24 June – Applying for medicine courses  
  • Thursday, 25 June – Applying for dentistry courses
  • Friday, 26 June – Applying for veterinary courses

Every session will be led by subject-matter experts and start at 14:00 (UK time). To get involved, all your students need to do is join us live in the UCAS Hub and click the banner at the top inviting them to join.

Students not yet signed up for the UCAS Hub? It’s quick and easy – here’s how.

Also live next week…

We’ve teamed up with NHS England to host a Facebook live session dedicated to Nursing.

If this is a career your students are interested in, get them to join us live from 16:00 (UK time), Thursday 25 June, on Facebook, to chat about all things nursing and get their questions answered.

Students looking to apply to a Conservatoire?

UCAS Conservatoire Apply opens on 16 July for 2021 entry. If any of your students are considering applying to a Conservatoire but are still undecided, they can find lots of useful information and advice on ucas.com to help, including things like how studying at a Conservatoire differs from university or college. Take a look.


North Yorkshire Police Lifestyle 2020 project  has been launched; the  link for all the details are on the NYP website below:





Spotlight on: Transport & Logistics - Rail



Recruiting firefighters for:

  • • Day crewed fire stations (Ripon, Malton, Tadcaster, Selby and Whitby), 
  • • Self Roster fire stations (Northallerton and Richmond) and; 
  • • Shift fire stations (Acomb, Huntington, York, Scarborough and Harrogate).

Firefighters do so much more than just attend emergencies. The role is all about educating communities, engaging with people, delivering activities and events, planning and forming partnerships, and being creative to prevent, protect and create community resilience.

Anyone aged 18 or over can apply to become a firefighter; but candidates must meet all requirements of the role. There are various stages of the application process and you must complete and be successful at each stage to progress to the next stage.   The application process will be open to those who are aged 17 years and 6 months so long as they will have attained the age of 18 prior to commencing the recruits course in April 2021.

The first stage of the process is open from today (8th June) until Sunday 21st June 2020 at 23.59pm. You must complete this stage to be able to progress through to the other phases. 

If you’re interested in applying visit  https://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/working-for-us/vacancies_operational_uniformed_roles/wholetime_firefighter


Plumbing and Heating

Part time work available within a plumbing and heating business 2-3 days per week, no previous experience required, but candidate must be enthusiastic and willing to train.  Flexibility essential.  May lead onto the possibility of an apprenticeship in the future.  Based North and West of York.  Call 07812 649478.


 Summer work

  • · B & M Foss Islands York .Temporary roles (possibly Permanent)
    Cleaner, Cashiers, DIY Enthusiast, Garden Centre Enthusiast, Warehouse, Price Controller, Replenishment Colleagues, Closedown Colleagues
    Flexible hours to suit all needs. Ask a colleague in store. (Advertised on board at entrance to store)


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.


Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.

Future hy website


Parental Guidance 


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





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