The University of York has launched two new initiatives to
boost the employability of students and graduates.
A programme called ‘With a Placement Year’ is set to be
introduced, allowing any student to include a year in the workplace as part of
their degree – those studying arts and humanities had previously had limited
options to do so.
The other initiative, York Futures, sees first year students
have access to online assessments and development days to encourage career
The university hopes that the new initiatives will ensure that
students consider their future employment much earlier on during their time in
York Futures is currently in its pilot year and is set to be
rolled out to everyone in the 2017/18 academic year.
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Students will take on numerical reasoning and situational
judgement tests, before taking part in a development day that will provide more
insight into their chosen career.
Andrew Ferguson, Assistant Director for External Engagement
at the careers department, said: “York Futures is to be designed alongside a
range of employers and is intended to help students at the end of their first
year acquire a sense of career direction for the remaining two years of their
time at York.”
Students at the university who want to take up a placement
year will have to secure one for themselves, but they will have access to a
list of alumni who will be able to provide support and advice.
It is hoped that the programme will be rolled out to second
year students at the university as well, depending on its success.
Ferguson explained that a placement year could be beneficial
for all students and said it “provides the encouragement, support and
recognition to those who would like to take up an opportunity that interests
them, regardless of the academic discipline they are studying”.
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