YES Step-by-Step

Step 1

Read the YES Fact Sheet (.pdf) to check you’re eligible to participate in YES and to ensure you understand all the implications of taking part in the Scheme, particularly regarding the non-student status and the impact of this on finances and eligibility for University accommodation.

Step 2

Visit the Careers Service to find out more and discuss any questions you may have, and to help you to make a fully informed decision as to whether YES is a good option for you.

Also, if you’re not sure about the type of work you’d like to do or the sector you’d like to work in, check out the career areas that relate to the subject you’re studying and also consider making an appointment to see one of our Careers Consultants to discuss your ideas and get help with this decision.

Step 3

If, after speaking to the Careers Service, you decide YES is for you, complete and return the YES Confirmation of Interest form, which is available from the Careers Service (just email us at careers@aber.ac.uk to request a copy, or you can complete the form in person as part of Step 2). 

On receipt of your Confirmation of Interest, the Careers Service will request approval ‘in principle’ for you to take part in YES from the Head of your academic department.

Step 4

Search for a placement. Start looking as early as possible. Many opportunities are advertised from September and continue to be advertised right up to the following August, just before the placement is due to start! But some placements have short deadlines, e.g. before December each year, so the earlier you start your search the more opportunities will be available to you.

The Careers Service can provide a wealth of information and resources. A good starting point is our ABERcareers online portal, which advertises a huge range of opportunities. Our Finding Work Experience webpages have also been designed to provide useful advice and resources when seeking placement opportunities.

We also forward relevant opportunities that have been notified to us by individual employers to students who have completed the YES Confirmation of Interest process with us.

Our Careers Service staff can also offer a range of help and guidance in person, for example:

  • You might want to make a speculative enquiry to an organisation you’re really interested in.
  • Or you might have been asked to complete an application form or send a CV and covering letter that you need help with, or which needs to be checked first.
  • Maybe an employer has asked you to attend an interview or an assessment centre that you need to prepare for.

These are all things we’d be glad to help you with! So please use the drop-in service in the Careers Service office in the Students’ Union building (Penglais campus) as much as you wish, but also arrange to see one of our Careers Consultants on a 1:1 basis if you need to. Drop-in sessions are also available in your department.

It's also a good idea to attend any workshops delivered by the Careers Service on how to find work experience, and on other topics such as completing application forms – these will be advertised in the Events section of ABERcareers; we also send out email notifications when these have been scheduled.

Finally, have a look at former YES student Jakub Klepek's great tips!

Step 5

Keep up the momentum! We’ll keep in touch with you too to update you on whether approval ‘in principle’ for you to participate in YES has been received from the Head of your academic department, but also to check how you’re getting on and to suggest placement opportunities that you could consider. But remember, it’s your responsibility overall to arrange your placement.

Step 6

Secure a placement. Congratulations! Please let us know at the earliest opportunity by emailing careers@aber.ac.uk or by calling in to the Careers Service office in the Students' Union building. We'll need you to complete and return the YES Notification of Placement form as soon as soon as possible (which, again, we can email to you, or you can complete it in person in our office).

We’ll check the details of the placement and request final confirmation from the Head of your academic department that you can participate in YES. Once this has been received, we’ll confirm to the University’s Academic Registry that you are taking part in YES and they will update your student record and notify the Student Loans Company. We’ll keep you posted and make sure you’re informed when everything is in place for you to proceed with taking part in YES.

If you decide at any point that you are no longer interested in taking part in the Year in Employment Scheme administered by the Careers Service, please let us know immediately by emailing careers@aber.ac.uk. You should also be aware that, if you have not secured a placement on or by 15 September in the year that YES is due to start, your pre-registration with YES will be cancelled and instead you will be expected to return to the University to continue with your studies later that month.