Skills for life

Your gifts of time, expertise and work experience all make a tremendous impact. Thank you to all of you who volunteer to mentor, advise and coach

You support us in numerous ways – this year over 1,200 of you volunteered over 12,000 hours of your time to support York students – thank you so much!

York Profiles and Mentors was launched earlier this year to support student employability and, thanks to you, we now have over 800 alumni profiles on the platform. Students can access the site to find out more about a specific industry or career, and connect with mentors, or simply find out more about their experiences. The site formally launches to students this September and we hope will be a vital resource for those wishing to explore all those options.

Your gifts of time help our students develop skills for that vital first step on the career ladder. Your advice is key – but remember, by volunteering you are also contributing to your own personal development: being a mentor or speaking at a student event takes bravery, skill and passion. Skills we know many of you possess.


If you have some time to spare and want to join our active volunteer community, then take a look at the options and decide what’s best for you.


Student clubs and societies are always looking for speakers to give insights into specific industries and careers, and the Careers team host networking evenings on campus to encourage networking within specific industries. Thank you to those who have been back to campus to provide valuable advice over the last year.


If you or a company you work for have meeting or event facilities that the University could use for events or career evenings then please get in touch.


Whether it’s giving advice through our York Profiles and Mentors platform to undergraduate and postgraduate students, or helping new graduates through our YuMentor LinkedIn group, we welcome your support – the amount of time you give is up to you.


If you or your company can provide internships, placements or work experience – why not consider using a York student?