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York's museums, galleries and historical landmarks make it a popular destination for graduates hunting for a first job in the heritage or arts industries.

Career city: York | Postgraduate study | Local graduate employers | Moving to York

The main job sector in York is the service industry, with primary employers being the NHS, City Council and universities.

The city also plays host to several large employers, such as BT and Nestlé, who have graduate training schemes available. The Shepherd Group offers entry-level roles in construction, engineering services, facilities management and professional services.


Postgraduate study in and around York

Although only established in 1963, the University of York is one of the top 50 universities in Europe. The institution recently doubled the size of its campus with the Heslington East development to accommodate more students than ever. The university has the UK’s best department of research for English and rates in the top ten for archaeology, history of art and chemistry.

York St. John University offers particularly popular postgraduate courses in psychology, theatre and performance and sports-related studies.


Local graduate employers in York

  1. York City Council, York (public sector; Housing; HR; marketing and media)
  2. Aviva plc, York (banking and financial services; management)
  3. Nestlé UK Ltd, York (manufacturing; product technology; customer service; finance)
  4. BT plc, York (IT; marketing; customer service; management)
  5. Deloitte, Leeds (accounting and finance; business consulting)
  6. Tata Steel, York (civil, electrical and mechanical engineering)
  7. The University of York, York (education; administration; IT)
  8. BBC Radio, Leeds (media; broadcasting; journalism)
  9. Shepherd Group, York (construction; engineering services; facilities management; professional services)
  10. AECOM, York (transportation; engineering)

(Note: these employers may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)


Moving to York

It’s on the map for…

  • Said to be the most haunted UK city
  • Home to The Shambles: a winding dotted with a range of shops
  • Guy Fawkes lived here before his fateful trip to London to blow up parliament

It’s within commuting distance of…

  • Harrogate – 21 miles
  • Leeds – 24 miles
  • Scarborough – 42 miles

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