Student Experience

Spotlight on: Tom Banham’s vision to ensure every opportunity adds to graduate employment

Inspiring and supporting a new generation of talent is a personal passion for me, and I find myself in the fortunate position of helping to drive the employability agenda at the University of York.

My career has stretched across Consulting, Banking, Legal FMCG and, more recently, early careers recruitment. I joined the University of York as Director of Employability and Careers in May 2016, having worked at Nestlé heading up the team that delivers the entry level recruitment and development programmes for the organisation.

I currently hold an honorary Vice-President role on the Board of the Association of Graduate Recruiters – this role is crucial for me to maintain employer links, and to understand the changing landscape within our industry.

My vision for York is that all students leave the University with a true understanding of themselves, both academically and in terms of the skills and behaviours that will enable them to develop successful careers in their chosen area. Far too many students leave University without such an understanding – knowing what they are good at, appreciating their values, and then being able to align these with an industry or employer that shares these same values. Finding that match is incredibly powerful, and I’m determined to support more students to achieve this.

We have recently developed the University’s new Student Employability Strategy, which is extremely ambitious and will look to see York in the top 10 for employment outcomes by 2022. The objectives we have proposed are innovative, and will ensure that industry plays a pivotal part in students’ learning journey whilst at York.

This, combined with the experiences I have had delivering long-term early careers strategies for multiple commercial organisations, will put me in a good position to drive forward and help improve the future direction of the employability agenda at the University of York.

Far too many students leave University without a true understanding of themselves…”

 Tom Banham