Hi, I’m Kexin from China, and I’m excited to share my York journey with you. Having graduated from the Department of Education in 2021, my time at York has been a game-changer, setting the stage for my career in the higher education industry.
Choosing York was the best decision I made in 2021. The city’s charm, rich history, and the York campus created the perfect setting for my academic adventures.
Whenever I delved into essays or assignments, you’d find me at Morrell Library or Spring Lane Building—perfect spots, conveniently close to both the shop and the café for a quick snack break. And I absolutely love exploring the city with my film camera, wandering the corners of York.
Career opportunities and support
Driven by my love for education, I wanted to stack my CV. York’s careers platform Handshake became my job-hunting sidekick, opening up with many opportunities. After being supported by the Careers Team with application reviews and mock interviews, I finally got an internship at York International Pathway College and got to be a Student Ambassador for Open Day in the summer of 2022. It wasn’t just about building my resume – it was about giving back to the student community.
My current career
Fast forward to today, and I find myself thoroughly enjoying my work with and for students. As a Chinese Marketing Specialist at a student engagement agency, I collaborate with students from various universities across the UK. Combining my passion and knowledge in education with marketing feels like a harmonious blend. Looking forward, I see myself exploring further into the international student journey—finding ways to enhance their experiences both before and after their arrival in the UK.
My advice for current students
I would recommend thinking ahead and getting an early start. It’s also helpful to connect with the career support team—ask any questions you’re curious about and share your ideas with them. You might discover some useful interview tips that you hadn’t thought of. If you have time, volunteering at events is a good way to improve communication skills in a team.
My time at York was a mix of experiences that shaped my career and helped me grow. From the quiet corners of the library to the lively student events, York played a huge role in my life. To all you future and current students, enjoy every moment, grab every opportunity, and let York be the place where your story begins. Here’s to the fun times, the present, and the exciting future that York has set in motion. Cheers!