In order to begin explaining my life after the three years studying at York St. John University (2015-18), I first need to highlight some events which occurred over my three years as a YSJ undergraduate.
I chose English Literature as my BA subject at YSJ for only one reason: my passion for books. I knew from a young age a University degree was going to be almost mandatory for future success. I chose to study at YSJ for one simple reason: it felt like home. I travelled from my hometown a few miles outside of Norwich up to York and instantly fell in love with the campus. Besides the stunning architecture, I instantly believed that the tutors at YSJ cared for me as an individual rather than merely a student on the course.
In the second semester of my final year, the University offered a module, ‘Literature at Work,’ which allowed students to explore the many avenues of employment after taking an English Literature degree. Within this module, most weeks consisted of a lecture and Q&A from people working in employment from journalism to publishing. Prior to my final year at YSJ, I had very little idea as to where my academic career was leading me. Again, I knew I wanted to work with books; however, my in-depth knowledge of specific book-related sectors was almost non-existent.
David Barker, who worked with Continuum publishing, later to be purchased by publishing behemoth Bloomsbury, offered an extremely insightful lecture on life in the publishing world. I instantly fell in love with every element of the industry and truly believed I had finally worked out the next step of my academic career.
I spoke to David after the lecture and discovered he was a lecturer at the University of Derby, offering a Publishing MA. After visiting an open day at Derby, I was offered an unconditional offer on the course. All of the events, from my initial conversation with David to the offer on the Publishing MA happened within a few months over early to late Spring 2018.
September 2018 saw the beginning of my MA at Derby. Throughout the first semester, I came to understand that without choosing YSJ, this opportunity may have never been offered to me. I have fallen in love with academia once again and now wish to pursue a career in Publishing after this semester. The MA offers students to create and engage with a ‘Major Project’ of their choice, where you must find and publish work of your choice (specifically written for the project). I decided to work with YSJ and their alumni in order to create a short anthology of work which can then be distributed to current and future YSJ students.
This piece has touched mostly on my academic life during and after my time at YSJ, but it would be unfair to leave without acknowledging the friendship and community which I have become a part of. I have made friends with students who I now see as friends for life, alongside creating bonds with tutors who I know are always willing to help with anything I need, even after my transition from student to alumni.
The following post was written by recent Literature graduate (and former Words Matter Sub-Editor!) Jenna Houston. Read the original post at Jenna’s own blog, Paper and Caffeine.
The Graduate and Work Placement Fair is on Wednesday 17 October – 11.00am – 3.00pm at York St John University in Temple Hall. We have a range of employer attending offering Graduate and Year in Industry opportunities and Summer Internships/Placements, a list of the organisations attending can be found here [https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/careers-placements–opportunities/careers-events/employers-and-organisations-on-campus/#d.en.44720] and below. The Fair is an opportunity for students to not only find out about a range of careers but to gain confidence in speaking to employers and start to build networks.
Graduate and Work Placement Fair, 17 October 2018
11.00am – 3.00pm in Temple Hall
Don’t miss this great opportunity to talk to employers, discover what career prospects are out there and where you fit in!
Postgraduate Study at York St John
Clinical Selection Ltd
Technology in Play
The Grand Hotel and Spa
Civil Service Fast Stream
Royal Air Force
Enterprise Rent a Car
Light Night 2018 Volunteer Information
Light Night is a multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds city centre on 2 nights in early October. The city’s arts and cultural venues open their doors late into the evening, and artists transform indoor and outdoor spaces into exciting, interactive works of art.
This year’s festival will take place on the evenings of Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October. Volunteers must also be able to attend one of our briefing sessions taking place at 6pm on Wednesday 19th September and 6pm on Monday 24th September.
Being such a large city-wide event, which is increasing in popularity year on year, Light Night relies on a large number of volunteers. The role of Light Night Festival Volunteer will involve a number of different duties, and opportunities may vary depending on what this year’s Light Night priorities are. You may be asked to assist an artist, undertake market research, or work as a visitor assistant.
This year’s sub-editors reflect on their experience as they prepare to leave York St John. Continue reading “with graduation on the horizon, our sub-editors say goodbye”
This is the last post celebrating all things 2017 on the English Literature programme at YSJU. It only seems right to finish by celebrating the students who moved on last year: who submitted their dissertations, graduated and went on to work or further study (some on our very own MA in Contemporary Literature…). Continue reading “looking back: 2017 in review #3”
Now that the January deadlines have been met and we’re looking forward to Spring term, the time is ripe to look back on 2017. What did life as an English Literature undergraduate at YSJU look like last year? Over the next few days, we’re going to be doing a little retrospective to celebrate the year that has passed and look forward to the year that is to come. Continue reading “looking back: 2017 in review #1”
by Charlotte Stevenson
Earlier this year in March, just after the daffodils were gone, I received an email saying that my application to study abroad for a semester had been approved and that I would officially be a student of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as of September 2017. That day was a good day and, in the time since then, so much has happened. Continue reading “reflections on studying abroad: amsterdam”
YSJU is hosting a Graduate and Work Placement Fair on Wednesday 18 October, 11am – 3pm in Temple Hall. Over 20 employers are attending, offering Graduate Years-in-Industry and Summer Internships.
By Tia Byer
For Emma Stone in Easy A, it seems to be “always the way” that there is a connection between the literature we study in class and the way it resonates in real life. I have often mused upon this myself. But during the last two years of my undergraduate degree in literature, I have never fully grasped the true meaning behind this notion. All that was about to change. This summer I actually had one of those experiences.
YSJU graduate Beth Cairns has been in touch to advertise an exciting opportunity to current students. Beth now works for York’s library service, Explore York, and writes:
On Thursday 28th September we will be hosting Rose Drew and Alan Gillott from The Poetry Show podcast. They will be recording an edition of podcast in Acomb Library, and will be inviting people to read a poem for it. If any students would like an opportunity to share their work please let us know and come along from 3pm.
All budding writers, from Literature and the Creative Writing programmes, are encouraged to contact Beth and get themselves to Acomb library if interested.
Recent YSJU graduate Danielle Pratt has informed Point Zero about exciting publishing opportunities at Bandit Fiction, a digital publishing company she has recently helped to establish. Continue reading “student opportunity: bandit fiction”
YorkMix Media have been in touch to advertise an internship as Sports, Media and Communications intern. YorkMix writes:
The role is to report on sports across York but predominantly home games for York City FC and York City Knights RLFC. You will also take responsibility for raising the profile of both teams via social media and you will produce copy for news in brief for York TV.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience of sports journalism working alongside two of York’s sports clubs while reporting for YorkMix. You will also have the opportunity to feed into the newly launched York TV. This is a part time role of 28 hours per week over 30 weeks – this is a paid internship.
Interested parties from YSJU’s 2017 graduating class are invited to contact email@example.com for more information.