Graduate with the app-titude

A graduate from the University of York has created a new mobile app to help students get on career ladder

Charlie Taylor, who graduated from the University in 2011 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, created the ‘Debut’ app in a bid to address a number of challenges in the student recruitment market.

The app, which is free for students, launched in October 2015 and has already achieved more than 10,000 downloads, with over 40 top companies using the platform in the first few weeks of launch.

Debut features the ‘Talent Spot’ where students receive push notifications directly from employers and the app means candidates don’t have to fill out the dreaded application forms and undergo psychometric testing.

Debut also uses mobile games as a more engaging way of learning about a company’s culture and opportunities – with students able to secure internships by winning games on the app.

Charlie Taylor returned to the University to attend a Careers Internships Fair where he chatted with students. He commented: “We have designed Debut to provide a much-improved, personal and accessible experience that is not a job board on a mobile but offers real insight, direct communication from top employers and real opportunities to help students chose and start their careers early on.”

For more information visit: https://www.york.ac.uk/ and https://debut.careers

Image credit: University of York

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