Overview of Careers support for Research students
The Careers and Employability Team offers a range of support for
York St John research students and graduates. This includes bespoke
workshops and events designed specifically for research students,
as well as access to the full range of services provided to all
students. These sit alongside the professional development
programmes available to research students, including the YSJ staff
development courses, the programmes available via the Universities
of York and Leeds, and the Epigeum package of online training
courses. In many cases it is necessary to work with students on an
individual basis to supplement these services.
Research students are diverse in both their reasons for
undertaking study at this level and their aspirations for life
afterwards, both career and otherwise. Therefore, the key to the
successful provision of careers-related support is strong
communication between the student body and the Careers team in
identifying the most useful services to be provided. This is
achieved through liaison with student representatives, liaison with
supervisors, student needs analysis or individual consultation with
the Careers Adviser who has responsibility for the research-student
cohort (see below).
The range of Careers-related support available for research
students includes the following:
- At the initial stage of a research degree, Careers &
Employability are involved in the Research Student
Induction Course, in order to give an overview of the
support available, but also to emphasise the importance of students
taking ownership/responsibility for engaging in career and
- One-to-one careers support is available at all
times for research students, extending beyond the completion of
their PhD. This covers help with career planning, as well as more
specific support with applying for jobs – writing applications,
- Facilitated by the research office, students are able to attend
career-related workshops at the Universities of
York and Leeds, as well as the YSJ staff development
workshops. For more details on these, please contact Jill
- Careers & Employability work with supervisors/tutors to
encourage them to engage in career-related
discussion with students, ensuring that career planning
remains a consideration throughout a student’s time at YSJ.
- A programme of careers fairs, workshops and
presentations are provided (open to all University
students). These include Voluntary Opportunities and Part-time Jobs
Fairs, CV and Interview Workshops and IT Skills training, along
with many others – details available on the Careers &
- The Employer Mentoring Programme (ACES) is
available to research students. Students are matched to a Mentor
typically related to their field of interest who is either a
graduate of the University or a member of the local business
- Each year, the Careers & Employability team identify or
source a range of paid Graduate Internships, based
either at York St John or with local employers.
- Research students are also eligible to apply for paid
Student Internships. These are offered both
during University vacations and term-time. The student is
employed to work on a specific project with a local employer (this
is not applicable for funded students who are contractually limited
to the hours they are allowed to work).
- The Careers and Employability Team manage the promotion
of part-time jobs and graduate opportunities for York St
John students and graduates via YSJ Connect (www.yorksj.ac.uk/ysjconnect).
Careers and Employability now also manage student volunteering in
the University, and work closely with the Students Union on
community based projects.
- There is specialised expert help available for students
interested in business
- Bespoke resources and services for disabled students
and international students are also provided.
- The Careers & Employability Team provides
web-based, print and multi-media resources
targeted specifically at research students and graduates.
Robin Woollam – Careers & Employability Adviser
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01904