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What Do You Actually Do!?

What Do You Actually Do!?

By UoY Careers and Placements
Find out what people actually do in their jobs, the skills they use and how they got there. A podcast from the Careers and Placements team at the University of York.
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Life as a social worker, with Bethany Pease
Bethany graduated from York three years ago with a degree in Social Work. She now works in the fostering team in a local authority, and previously worked in child protection. In this episode Bethany and Kate talk about what the job is like, the key skills you need and tips for getting into the sector. Find the links mentioned in this episode and a full transcript on our blog:
October 21, 2020
A career in corporate social responsibility, with Daniel Arda
Daniel is Sustainability Assistant Manager at Grant Thornton UK LLP. During six years in professional services, he has inspired colleagues to get involved with initiatives aligned around education, employability and enterprise as well as the environment, mental health and microfinance. Prior to that he spent seven years in the charity sector, primarily in internal communications. Daniel graduated with a BA in English (European) and MA in American Literature and Culture (European) at the University of Leeds. He is currently an Executive MBA candidate at Cranfield School of Management. Find the links mentioned in this episode and a full transcript on our blog:
October 7, 2020
What do you actually do if you're graduating in a global pandemic?!, with Tom Banham
Today's episode of What Do You Actually Do!? is a bit different.  Recorded during the lockdown, Kate and Tom, Director of Employability and Careers at the University of York, chat about what it's going to be like for graduates going into the job market in the middle of a global pandemic. They look at how the job market was hit in previous recessions and what might be different this time. Find all links mentioned in the episode, plus a transcript, on our blog:
June 17, 2020
Making Medicine, with Tom Ronson
Tom works as a process development chemist at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. He is part of the Chemical Development department, which is responsible for developing efficient and robust manufacturing processes for active pharmaceutical ingredients. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of York.
June 3, 2020
Flirting with Algorithms, with Harpal Sahota
Harpal Sahota is a data scientist at MagicLab, who operate a number of dating apps, including Bumble & Lumen. He studied an MA in Computational Biology at the University of York, and went on to take a PhD in Computational Biology at University of London, before entering the job market, working for the likes of YouGov before settling at MagicLab, where he has worked since January 2020.
May 20, 2020
Starting a Startup, with Phil Daneshyar
Phil Daneshyar is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Kanda (formerly TradeSmart), which is a payment system for tradespeople.  He appeared on Dragons' Den in 2017, with his idea 'Thirsti.' Phil studied PPE at the University of York.
May 6, 2020
Managing a University, with Charlie Jeffery
Charlie Jeffery is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of York. He is a political scientist whose main work in the last years has been constitutional politics in the UK. He joined York from the University of Edinburgh where he had been Senior Vice-Principal since 2014. Prior to that, he was Vice-Principal (Public Policy) having been Professor of Politics at Edinburgh since 2004.
April 22, 2020
Writing for a living, with Lewis Lansford
After getting a BA in English Lit at the University of Colorado, Lewis initially worked at a proofreader at the University of Arizona Press in Tucson, then spent about six months teaching English in Barcelona. After that, he earned an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages, then taught at a US university and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, Lewis took an editorial job with an international publisher in Hong Kong, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He now writes full time. Lewis has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for learners of all ages across the world.
March 11, 2020
Pollution is in the air, with Aiden Heeley-Hill
Aiden is a PhD candidate in atmospheric chemistry at the University of York, currently researching indoor air pollutants and, more widely, characterising indoor environments. He holds a BSc and MSc in environmental science and is a keen science communicator, covering a range of interdisciplinary topics pertinent to his research area.
February 26, 2020
A day in the life of a BBC journalist, with Lucy Vladev
Lucy is a TV reporter, producer and presenter for the BBC. In this episode, we talked about the skills that are required to go into journalism and how Lucy got to where she is today, from studying Bioarchaeology at York. Lucy provides students with advice on what to do at university in order to develop their career in media.
February 12, 2020
On the beat, with Ross Gehnich
Ross has worked for Thames Valley Police since graduating in 2010, undertaking a variety of different and challenging roles. Currently, he works as a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, leading a team of 6 Police Officers and 12 Police Community Support Officers covering a diverse community. Additionally, he is accredited as a Public Order Officer and oversees a Volunteer Police Cadet Unit which supports 30 young people including many from vulnerable backgrounds.
January 29, 2020
Placement year in a political think tank, with Andrew Gloag
Andrew is a final year Politics student at York. He has just returned from a placement year with London based think tank Demos. As a research assistant, Andrew was involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research, including gathering, preparing and analysing data, organising and conducting focus groups and interviews and designing research materials.
January 15, 2020
Calling the Midwife, with Jessica Allason
Jess Allason has been a midwife for six years and recently trained as a private hypnobirth teacher. She is passionate about informing and empowering women in their choices around childbirth, because a woman will never forget how she felt on the day of her birth and may impact her for the rest of her life! Jess has worked in all settings of midwifery, including a busy delivery suite, postnatal ward and in a community setting, offering continuity of carer and home birth services.
December 4, 2019
Making people's lives healthier, with Sam Thomas
Sam Thomas leads funding programmes for the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and healthcare for people across the UK. He previously led policy influencing work for a coalition of national charities focused on social issues including homelessness, substance misuse and mental ill health. He is a graduate of the University of York.
November 20, 2019
Marketing in the museum, with Tasha McNaught
Tasha has worked in marketing for five years, having started while studying at the University of York. For the past two years she has lead the development of digital and relationship marketing at the National Railway Museum, working on national and regional campaigns including the tour of Tim Peake's Spacecraft. Working with mental health conditions and lived experience of poverty.
November 6, 2019
Managing the economic growth of York, with Alex Dochery
Alex currently manages the Economic Growth team at City of York Council, which focuses on making sure that the city continues to be a fantastic place to live and to do business. Alex also works for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership supporting work on their Local Industrial Strategy.
October 23, 2019
Get into book publishing, with Helen Barton
Helen is a Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, responsible for hundreds of upcoming books at any one time. In this episode, Helen and Kate talk about how to get work experience, the key skill you need and what the job is actually like. Helen graduated from University College London with a Linguistics degree in 2002, and joined Cambridge University Press as an Assistant Editor. She is now a Commissioning Editor, responsible for the acquisition, development and publication of books in language and linguistics at all academic levels. Full transcript: Want to know more? These resources will help: Journalism and publishing job sector information: How to get into publishing from Prospects: Helen's case study from UCL:
October 9, 2019
How to train your teacher, with Sarah Dagnell
Sarah is a Primary STEM Subject Expert, running training courses, predominantly in Science but also in Technology, Computing, and Maths, for primary school teachers. She also mentors on school improvement initiatives and helps to develop resources such as online training programmes accessed world-wide. Full transcript: For more information on working for STEM and non-teaching education roles see:  Education sector: Training and development roles: STEM learning centre:  Keywords: science, teachers, stem, working, teaching, training, primary school, school, children, terms, job, led, professional development, sector, opportunity, holidays, careers, area
June 12, 2019
Getting on a top grad scheme, with Lewis McDowell
Lewis graduated from the University of York in 2018 with a Management degree. His journey into marketing and L’Oreal begun upon winning the Male Undergraduate of the Year award, on the back of which he secured a year-long placement year at L’Oreal. After returning for his final year, Lewis secured his L’Oreal Graduate scheme, composed of three six month long rotations.  cny6x29p  Full transcript: For more information on working in Marketing: For more information about L’Oreal and their insight days, internships and graduate schemes:
May 29, 2019
Summer Internship: Make it yours! with Julia Hebron
Julia is a third-year BA English Language and Linguistics student. In the summer she did a SIB internship with Make It York where she conducted market research into the creative and digital businesses in the city. Her responsibilities included research, analysing the findings, writing reports, maintaining social media and compiling newsletters for Science City York, a branch of the organisation.  To find out more about the Student Internship Bureau: For more info on working in Market Research: Find a transcript of this episode...
May 15, 2019
Historical consulting for video games, with Nicholas Gliserman
Dr. Nicholas Gliserman is the Chief Academic Officer at Game Learning, where he oversees development of educational video games that get kids excited about history. He holds a Ph.D. in history as well as an M.S. in Geographical Information Science and Technology, both from the University of Southern California. For more information on working in the Games industry: For more info on Game Learning:
May 1, 2019
Summer Internship: It's not easy being green, with Oscar Bentley
Oscar is a third year BSc Film and Television Production student. Over the summer,  he did a sustainability programme internship in the Department of Estates and Campus Services at the University of York. To find out more about the Student Internship Bureau: For more info on working in Environment and Sustainability:  For more info on working in non-teaching roles within the university sector: (see the Professional / Managerial / Support Services section)
April 17, 2019
Being a project manager, with Laura Hallett
Laura has worked as a professional manager in Higher Education for 10 years, focusing on strategic project management across a range of institutions. She currently leads the Strategic Projects and Change function at York St John University with responsibility for the delivery of major projects aligned to the University strategy. *This episode was recorded at the end of 2018, so some of the topics discussed may not be relevant at the time of streaming* For more information on working in project management and non-academic HE roles see:   Project management Why working in a university is the best Jobs in education For more information about York St John and Laura:  York St John Laura's LinkedIn Find the transcript for this episode here ( 
March 13, 2019
All roads lead to film-making, with Richard Knight
For many years Richard Knight worked in the film industry as a freelance location manager, sourcing and organising the locations for films such as the BAFTA award-winning "This is England" and "FourLions", television dramas including "This is England 86, 88 and 90" "Prisoners Wives" and "Utopia", commercials for the likes of Vogue, Gucci, New Balance, Selfridges and Santander, and music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Louis Tomlinson. In recent years he has worked at Screen Yorkshire providing practical and logistical support to Screen Yorkshire-backed projects, and devising and running a range of training and crew development initiatives. For more information on working in the Film industry see:…ve-industries.pdf…/Broadcasting.pdf…ia-and-internet For more information about Screen Yorskshire and Richard:  Find the transcript for this episode here (
March 6, 2019
Pursuing your passions in the charity sector, with Cat Schroeter
Cat graduated from Newcastle University with a Psychology and Linguistics degree in 2015. Whilst at university, she was on the committee for the Raising and Giving Society, where she gained a passion for fundraising and supporting causes in her local community. Alongside her peers, she supported a number of different charities through RAG, and built up skills of communicating with local businesses, organising fundraising events for students, and even photographed the RAG charity naked calendar! In the lead up to graduating from university, Cat was unsure about the career path she wanted to take, but she knew that fundraising was something she really enjoyed and cared about.  Cat was quite lucky in that Action for Children had a vacancy in their Fundraising Team at the time she was graduating. She started with Action for Children in June 2015, in the position of Community Fundraiser for Yorkshire, and in September this year she has progressed to the role of Senior Community Fundraiser, covering North East & Yorkshire.  For more information on working in the charity sector see:  University of York's charity sector page Prospects: charity and fundraiser  Charity Works  For more information about Action for Children and Cat:  Cat’s LinkedIn profile Action for Children's website  Action for Children's regional Facebook page Action for Children's Facebook page  Action for Children's YouTube Channel Action for Children's Twitter Action for Children's LinkedIn Find the transcript for this episode here (
February 26, 2019
Lecturing is the tip of the iceberg, with J.T. Welsch
JT Welsch is a Lecturer in English and Creative Industries at the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature.  For more information on becoming an academic see:  Job vacancies:  JT:  Find the transcript for this episode here (
February 20, 2019
I ❤ Compliance, with Kate Pyle
Kate is the Compliance and Corporate Services Manager at St Leonard's Hospice. For more information on working in the healthcare sector and St Leonard's see:  Healthcare sector: of-the-healthcare-sector-in-the-uk  Healthcare management roles:  NHS graduate management trainee scheme:  St Leonard's: Find the transcript for this episode here (
February 12, 2019
Getting involved with theatre, with John Tomlinson
John is a producer at York Theatre Royal and company director at Stand and Be Counted.  For more information on working in the Theatre sector see:  For more information about York Theatre Royal , Stand and Be Counted and John: Find the transcript for this episode here (
February 5, 2019
Within and without the laboratory, with Stefan Sipika
Stefan holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology from the University of York. He currently works for Aptamer Group as their Process and Production Manager, leading the laboratory team in delivering results to customers. Prior to joining Aptamer Group, he worked for a leading multinational CRO, specialising in GMP Protein Chemistry for 7 years. He has worked on a variety of products, covering pre-clinical to market release testing for multiple high profile clients around the world.  For more information on working in biotechnology see:    Find the transcript for this episode here ( 
January 29, 2019
Bringing social media into The Economist, with Adam Smith
Adam Smith is a writer, journalist, podcaster and social media editor. In his day job he's the audience engagement editor for The Economist, a global news magazine, where he focuses on stimulating online conversation around articles. He also reports on LGBT+ issues as a journalist and makes the podcast Karl's Kaschemme, about queer desire. You can find out more about him on his website at or follow him on Twitter @AdamCommentism.  For more information on working in journalism/editing see:  For more information about The Economist:  Find the transcript for this episode here (
January 22, 2019
From lecture theatres to film sets, with Hannah Greig
Dr Hannah Greig is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department and member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. Her research interests lie in the social, political and material history of Britain in the long eighteenth century (c.1688-1830). She is also an experienced consultant for film, television and theatre productions.  For more information on working in the media see:  For more details on Hannah’s work: Find the transcript for this episode here (
January 15, 2019
TRAILER | Launching on 16/01/19
We’ve been preparing an exciting new podcast series called What Do You Actually Do!? Each week, starting on Wednesday 16th of January 2019, we’ll interview a different guest working in a wide range of sectors. Subscribe now using the links below: Spotify: Apple Podcast: Soundcloud:
January 7, 2019