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University launches two initiatives to improve graduate employability

Published: Friday, 10 February 2017   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

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 consideration.

The university hopes that the new initiatives will ensure that students consider their future employment much earlier on during their time in university.

York Futures is currently in its pilot year and is set to be rolled out to everyone in the 2017/18 academic year.

More insight in their chosen career

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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