The British Council are giving eight lucky UK students the chance to win a free trip to Beijing, China from 19 – 24 April 2014 as part of the British Council 2014 UK-China Student Forum. This is a great chance to gain global experience, something employers really value.
The Forum is looking for UK students who have a global outlook to join Chinese students in Beijing to voice their opinions on education, employment and global citizenship. … [read more...]
Engro, Allied Bank, Abacus Consulting and Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates were amongst the employers offering jobs and internships to our students at the Pakistan Job Fair last week at The University of Manchester. Even the media firm who were reporting on the event - Express Tribune - were reported to have offered opportunities! But if you were not able to make the fair, there is still time to secure something. The firms are still keen to hear … [read more...]
This semester, our events are targeted at those really "tough to get into" careers - environmental work, international development and broadcasting and journalism.
These careers are so popular that, unfortunately, employers have no need to turn up to careers fairs, trying to tempt you to apply to them - so you won't see them at our normal recruitment events. They can afford to sit back and wait for you to come to them.
That means you've got … [read more...]
Have you thought about having a careers mentor? Would you like to ask questions to someone who works in a sector you'd like to know more about or in your dream job? Then our mentoring programme, Manchester Gold, could be what you are looking for. Our mentors work in a variety of sectors both in the UK and overseas and the majority of them graduated from The University of Manchester.
Applications for this semester's programme close tomorrow … [read more...]
There's just over 24 hours until the application deadline for our careers mentoring programme, Manchester Gold. You've got until 5pm tomorrow, Wednesday 26 February to get your application in!
The programme is open to postgraduates as well as undergraduate students so you can apply to be matched with a mentor who is working in your chosen industry or even your dream job. It's your chance to speak to someone who is currently working in your … [read more...]
A great way to get your career moving in the right direction is to get a mentor. Our mentoring programme puts you in touch with someone for a 6 month period who you can ask questions of, talk to about your career decisions and plans or use for inspiration. They may be working in a career area of that you are interested in / may have had similar experiences to you or they may just be someone inspirational and passionate about helping others. It is … [read more...]
The "Careers in Asia" recruitment fairs have been running for a number of years in the UK and some of our international students at Manchester have secured a job this way in the past. At the fairs, graduate employers visit the UK, from across Asia, to recruit international students (usually from Asia) who are currently studying in the UK. The next fair is in April 2014, but if you want to attend, you need to apply for a place by 28th February, … [read more...]
This week news reached Careers HQ about the step programme 2014. Step offer paid work experience for undergraduates as well as internships for those who have graduated. This got me thinking about the other work experience opportunities open to graduates and I’ve produced a list of the schemes and opportunities that I could find. Hopefully these opportunities will be the key to your future career!
All of these … [read more...]
February is a great time for getting started (or restarted) looking for graduate jobs, internships and other work experience. By Easter you will be worrying about coursework and exam revision so do it now, and get it over with.
Take just one action today, to get the ball rolling!
Where do I start?
Come and chat to us in the Atrium or at MyFutureFest or if you prefer to fly solo try these resources online:
What are you looking to do … [read more...]
Last week The Guardian published an interesting article Top tips for Skype interviews. We have also noticed an increase in queries about video/online interviews in Careers Service. According to the Guardian article, 18% of candidates have experienced a video interview in the past year, so it seems timely to discuss them.
These interviews fall into two types:
At an early stage of the recruitment process you might be asked to do a video … [read more...]
Since graduating some of you may have stayed in Manchester, move backed to your home town or relocated somewhere entirely different in the UK or abroad. Wherever you call home you can use Careerslink to find vacancies. I’ve spent a bit of time this week looking at regional and worldwide full-time vacancies currently being advertised on the system. As it stands at the moment there area 630 full-time vacancies you can apply to.
UK 518 of the … [read more...]
If I asked you ‘what is commercial awareness’ would you understand what this is? Perhaps you have heard this phrase at careers talks, or on a job description for a role you want to apply to? Maybe you are not entirely sure? If this is the case or even if you think you may know already, here are a few pointers at what could be understood as commercial awareness, why it is important to build up these skills and some practical ideas of how you build … [read more...]
Last Monday High Fliers published their annual report on graduate employment ‘The Graduate Market in 2014’. It revealed that graduate recruitment at Britain’s top employers (Those listed in the Times Top 100 Directory) is set to rise in 2014 to the highest level since 2007. This means that there will be more opportunities for university leavers than at any time since the start of the recession.
It’s quite a long report so I thought I’d give … [read more...]
William Hanson graduated from The University of Manchester in 2011. He is now the country's leading etiquette consultant and has just released his debut book, 'The Bluffer’s Guide to Etiquette’.
I studied BA (Hons.) English Language, Literacy & Communication at Manchester and graduated in 2011 (although couldn’t attend the ceremony as I was working for a high profile Middle Eastern royal family). My job title is ‘etiquette consultant’ but … [read more...]
If someone had asked me at the start of my final year of my undergraduate degree, ‘do you fancy doing a PhD when you finish uni?’ my answer would have been an outright NO! Yet, here I am, now in my second year of my PhD in the role of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk in psoriasis. . So what changed my mind? Well, it was only when I entered my final year of my undergraduate degree that I actually started to seriously consider my career … [read more...]
Christmas holidays are finally here, a time to catch up with friends, family, as well as completing assignments and exam revision for the next term. But it is also an opportunity to do something to invest in yourself and your future, here are a few ideas:
Time to invest some time in yourself and explore options for your career:
- Read our I don’t know what I want to do guide which has a number of exercises and ideas to help you … [read more...]
Each year UK Universities are legally required to collect information about recent graduates through what’s known as the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, or the DLHE survey for short.
If you graduated between the 1st January and the 31st July 2013 we will shortly be asking you to fill out your DLHE survey and let us know what you are up to now, be that in employment, doing another degree, traveling or job … [read more...]
I’m sure you are all looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the festive period but I bet some of you might not be looking forward to the inevitable questions about your job hunting!
I thought it might be a good idea to list a few things you could be doing in December to help knock these questions out of the park!
Create/update your LinkedIn Profile – It’s something that we all know we should do but never actually … [read more...]
Following on from the info on EU internships, we've just been told about a UN Virtual Careers Fair. I don't normally just reproduce info sent to us, but this one's too good to miss:
The second Virtual Careers Fair will be held on 10 December 2013. The following international organizations will participate: The United Nations Secretariat (UN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations … [read more...]
As I've been looking at internships today, thought some of you might like a summary of internships (they call them Traineeships) offered by various European Union bodies. There are far more EU bodies than I'd ever imagined (34 on this list of internships!), including many which I know would appeal to postgrads from a wide range of disciplines, including science and engineering, as well as social science and language postgrads.
There is an EU … [read more...]
If you read the press, you might assume that you just have to accept being unpaid if you want to do an internship - not so!
Most of the media focus is on topics that really interest journalists - the media, politics and the creative sector. This is where a culture of unpaid interships seems to be rife (and frankly, it's always been like this - though that's not to excuse it).
However, for most other types of work, it's always been the norm … [read more...]
A recruiter acts as an intermediary between you, and their client, the business. Kat Excell heads up the Graduate Sales division at specialist recruitment agency Holland & Tisdall. Here is her advice for making the most of recruitment agencies:
Benefits of using a specialist graduate recruitment agency
Most reputable agencies have excellent networks and longstanding relationships with prospective employers so are extremely well-placed … [read more...]
If you are a first year student why not consider getting ahead and starting developing your skills, experience and contacts with employers now? There are still opportunities from the start of your studies which will help you for your career and build experience on your CV.
Is there any available work experience with corporate companies?
A number of companies offer insight programmes or open days where you can find out more about their … [read more...]
Just a quick blog post from me today!
This week the Careers Service received information about a new work experience opportunity for graduates. Denbighshire County Council has developed a work experience programme designed to help you learn new skills, improve your CV and help get you prepared for working life by giving you an insight and experience of their major areas of business. Business areas include:
Human … [read more...]
It's probably the most common phrase we hear at the Careers Service, and something we're more than happy to help you with, but ...
The Big Careers Secret
A careers adviser can't tell you which job you should do
The idea of a careers adviser being able to pick out the right job for you harks back to the days of a limited number of clearly defined "suitable roles" for a graduate - teacher, civil servant, doctor, lawyer, engineer, chemist. It … [read more...]
Attention unemployed graduates currently living in Wales!
You might be interested in the GO Wales Graduate Academy a free 6 week training programme aiming to provide you with the skills needed to develop a graduate career.
The Graduate Academy consists of a 2 week residential training course and a period of work experience.
2 Week Residential Training Course
Held in Lampeter at the campus of the University of Wales Trinity St … [read more...]
The main recruitment fairs have been and gone (just the Postgrad Study Fair on 20th November and the Law Fair on 19th November still to go), the employer campus events are starting to thin out, and the whole "Get your career together NOW!" frenzy is calming down a bit.
What if you haven't done anything yet?
Should you still try and apply for jobs right now, to have something lined up for next autumn?
Should you just wait and start to … [read more...]
Time is ticking and soon you will have assignment deadlines and Christmas shopping to worry about. So it's time to prioritise what you want to achieve this year.
One of the things on your to do list really should be getting experience or finding a job, the sooner you start the better chance you have so don't delay.
First be clear what you are looking for and why.
It will save you from wasting time looking at everything at once. Talk to … [read more...]
In case you missed the news the Careers Service has moved to the Atrium In University Place in September.
The Atrium is a collaboration between Careers & the Student Information Advice & Guidance team. So it's a one stop shop for careers, money advice plus advice on studying abroad and and wellbeing advice.
We have now been in situ about 6 weeks and we are working out how to best use our new location to best effect.
What services … [read more...]
If you had asked me at the start of 2nd year, I wasn’t interested in having an internship, I understood that they were really good to put on your CV but I wanted to spend the summer of 2013 travelling. This all changed when Unilever came and took one of my Marketing lecturers, the graduates giving the lecture were really engaging and the way they spoke about the culture of the company appealed to me. Excited to have found a … [read more...]