reflections on studying abroad: amsterdam

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”

a literary experience; or, the summertime epiphanies of a final year english literature student

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.

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creative writing opportunity: the poetry show

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.

graduate internship opportunity: yorkmix

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 for more information.

student opportunity: valley press

The ‘readers group’ at Valley Press is  recruiting new members to look at submissions via email. If you join, every week (ish) you will be sent poetry and novels that Valley Press are considering publishing – totally free of charge! All you have to do is read through them – whichever ones you choose, and totally at your leisure – and then send us your thoughts.

This would be fantastic experience for a literature student. To join, email Submissions Coordinator Tess and let her know.

Bradford Literature Festival Volunteer Opportunities

An invitation for YSJU students to volunteer for the Bradford Literature Festival, 30th June – 9th July.

The Festival writes:

Bradford Literature Festival offers a programme of events like no other, creating exceptional discussions and debates and inviting audiences to engage directly with world renowned authors and speakers to share thoughts and opinions. Our Festival wouldn’t be possible without a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. From the 30th June – 9th July, over 100 volunteers will help us run and deliver our festival. Whether you have a passion for literature and the arts, are looking to gain real working experience, or you’re simply an outgoing person looking for a fun way to spend your spare time, we want to hear from you!

The roles we have available include:

Venue Assistants

You would be an essential part of the Bradford Literature Festival. The role will involve assisting the Venue Manager in all aspects of event co-ordination including greeting the audience, taking tickets, assisting with seating and audience requirements as well as a whole host of other tasks.

Festival Runners

Reporting directly to the core team, Festival Runners are the problem solvers and key support network of the Bradford Literature Festival, so therefore vital for the Festival! This role is varied and can involve anything and everything from standing in for other volunteers and setting up events to transporting equipment and even escorting festival guests.

Guest Assistants

Stationed at one of our partner hotels, Guest Assistants will manage a dedicated guest liaison desk, assisting guest authors, speakers and artists. You would help guests check in and provide any information about the festival or Bradford itself. You would need to know Bradford excellently and a passion for literature is a must, you never know which esteemed guest you might meet!

If you are over the age of 16 and can make our training meeting on the 16th June at Bradford University, we would love to hear from you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website

Preparing for Life as a Graduate

Life after university can be a daunting prospect, as the challenge of securing employment and developing a career looms large. Thankfully, plenty of support is available from the Careers Team at York St John.

The team provides students with careers guidance and connects them with employers in Yorkshire and beyond. In this post, two third-year students explain what motivated them to attend the Yorkshire Graduate Fair in Leeds on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. Below are details of two more sessions being run by the Careers team, as well as details of how you can sign up.

Niamh Meehan

Meehan Niamh

I decided to attend the Yorkshire Graduate Fair as I can say, with the collective unease of all students about to embark the minefield of adulthood post university, I don’t really know what I want to do. What I do know is that I want to keep all of my options open in the next few months, and henceforth apply for everything and anything that strikes me as a possibility. So the next step was to get informed about the opportunities out there, part of which included a trip to the University of Leeds, where the Yorkshire Graduate Fair was being held.

As over 90 companies were due to attend, the fair was spread across 2 large sports halls on the campus. At first it was overwhelming, but I had come to the fair with a few companies in mind, so I planned my route around the rooms and took advantage of the freebies available. Often the thought of networking is worse than it actually is and I found this to be the case throughout the fair; many of the employers were open, friendly and welcomed my questions. I came away from the event with a greater insight into the opportunities around graduate schemes, internships, full-time and part-time roles and postgraduate courses. I managed to make a few contacts in the companies I was interested in and got a better understanding of what those companies are looking for in their potential employees.

I would encourage anyone who is in doubt about attending careers fairs to go for it and stay informed – the Careers team will tell you when the next events will take place. I had a really positive experience and hope others will too.

Holly Pawlitta

Pawlitta Holly

In the midst of writing my final assignments, and the aftermath of my dissertation, I found it difficult to gather the courage to search for a job. However, when I found out that the Careers team at university were offering a trip to Leeds for a graduate jobs fair, I felt that I finally had a starting point in my search for employment.

Prior to attending the fair, I felt nervous about meeting so many professionals, but my fears disappeared when I arrived at the fair. There were many employers at the fair, each offering exciting job opportunities for graduates. All of the employers were friendly and more than happy to answer my questions regarding the jobs they had available for English Literature graduates. The atmosphere was casual, yet informative. Many employers explained what job roles they typically offer to those with degrees in English Literature, for instance publishing, editing, marketing and consultancy. Some employers offered to look at my CV, whereas others asked for my contact details.

Attending the fair really put into perspective how valuable my degree is in the eyes of employers. Having the opportunity to meet so many employers in person was a much more informative and enriching experience than searching for jobs online. I now feel that I have the confidence to speak about the skills and knowledge which attending university has given to me. I highly recommend that other graduates make the most of such opportunities.

Upcoming Events 

It’s the Final Countdown! (15-18th May)

We are filling the last week of term with a series of workshops designed to help students develop their core job-seeking skills, including Kickstart Your CV, LinkedIn Lab, Interviews and Assessment Centres and Personal Branding.  We’ll also be running transferable skills workshops on Commercial Awareness, Project Management, Negotiating and Influencing and Personal Effectiveness, to make sure our graduates are absolutely ready to hit the ground running.

Leadership Bootcamp Open Badge (15-18th May)

Students who attend all the transferable skills workshops and at least one careers skills workshops will be able to complete the Leadership Bootcamp Open Badge.  This includes a full-day’s project management training run by Sarah Wilson of 54 Degrees.

The Leadership Bootcamp and Final Countdown sessions are aimed at final years, but open to all years.  Please point them out to any students who you think will benefit!

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