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...]
Saturday, 26th October, 2013 saw the first China Graduate Recruitment Fair take place at The University of Manchester. A collaborative event in partnership with The Universities of Leeds, Lancaster and Aston and The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the fair provided a great opportunity for 23 organisations from both China and the UK to meet Chinese talent. Over 550 Chinese students attended on the day, mainly from the 4 … [read more...]
I started at the University of Manchester in 2009 studying my dream subject: Anatomical Sciences. Back then I had my future all planned out: do a placement year with a pharmaceutical company, graduate, get a PhD, make a major scientific discovery and win a Nobel Prize (or so I liked to think!)
Four years later, I’ve done one of those things: graduate. I’ve also presented to Chief Executives, saved my employer tens of thousands of pounds, … [read more...]
Following on from the China Recruitment Fair on Saturday, 26th October, I wanted to share details of one of the firms' job vacancies for anyone who was unable to attend. Youngs China Investment Co. Ltd are a growing firm based in China Town and in Salford who have a number of positions for students/ graduates - some are available to start part-time during study or as an internship... others for graduate entry roles. Youngs are on the Sponsor … [read more...]
I am very excited to say that I have been in contact with Manchester City Football Club and can announce that they have some job vacancies at the club for fluent language speakers. This post will involve translating the latest news and developments about Manchester City Football Club for their international websites/ social media streaming around the world. The hours are flexible - as it will involve covering when colleagues are not online - so … [read more...]
Just a short blog post from me today.
Here at the Careers Service we understand that successful job hunting requires the right information and resources. This may be information on different sectors, job vacancies, job roles, applications and interviews or resources to help you become self-aware, practice psychometric tests or prepare for assessment centres.
The Careers Service aims to provide students and graduates with these resources … [read more...]
EURES (the EU job mobility portal) are offering grants to boost employability by gaining some work in another country. The money has come from a company who is giving its social responsibility budget to help young people :)
To be eligible you must be:
Aged under 30
Live in one of the 28 EU member states or in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
Able to present an employment opportunity of 4 months or longer - if … [read more...]
It's Monday. It's dark, gloomy and raining. No-one expects you to be bright and perky on a day like today - but what if it's not simply that "I don't like Mondays" feeling?Doing a postgraduate degree is always challenging, but sometimes life continues to pile on the pressure, until the cracks start to show.The start of a new academic year can sometimes trigger that feeling that something is about to give, but there are things you can do to make … [read more...]
Just been having a look at the vacancies uploaded to Careerslink last week (October 14th – October 18th). In total 117 full-time vacancies were uploaded. Here is a list of the vacancies with immediate start dates so are ideal for all you graduate! Use the vacancy ID listed to find out more and details about to apply.
ReachOut! Project Officer - Reach Out: Vacancy ID 25289
Enquiries & Investigation Graduate … [read more...]
For many, a degree is a route to further education or employment, but for most (I think) it is an easy way of delaying being a ‘grown-up’ and conveniently, it can be lots of fun. This is certainly true for me. At 18, I knew I should probably start thinking about the future, and a degree seemed like a step in the right direction. However, I couldn’t quite work out how I would put my degree to use when I graduated.
Starting my degree didn’t help … [read more...]
If you want to influence how the UK operates, the Civil Service should be high up on your list of possible careers. Last night, we were lucky to have an in-depth talk on the application process from Michael Tansini, an English graduate from York University who has recently joined the Civil Service Fast Stream.
Here are some of the facts, inside info and application tips we gleaned from his talk, in case you couldn't make it. The slides Michael … [read more...]
To make a good CV you need:
A good understanding of what skills, strengths and experience the job you are applying for requires.
A clear and logical format that helps you present the most relevant points clearly.
Evidence of your effectiveness in performing the tasks or skills the employer is looking for.
Writing an effective CV requires time, research and reflection.
It is unlikely you will get away with writing … [read more...]
"How to find a job" is a hot topic at the moment, with employers popping up all over campus and at careers events, so I've put my "Finding a job" talks for Masters and PhDs online.
Even if you couldn't make it to the talks in person, you can now see, and hear, what I said with the slidecasts below. You can also ask questions through this blog - just add your question as a comment on this post.
How a slidecast works
You can see the … [read more...]
Have you been on a work experience placement or internship? Are you currently looking for work? We are currently looking for students and graduates of the university who are interested in in writing for our blog about their experiences in the work place.
If you’ve found work, whether it is part-time, full time or an internship, we want to hear about it. Whether your experiences are good or bad, your stories can help inform other students and … [read more...]
Our two big Autumn recruitment fairs are taking place on Wednesday 16th October (Engineering, Science and Technology) and Thursday 17th October (Finance, Business and Management) at Manchester Central (G-Mex as it used to be called). Time is tight ... but it's still a difficult job market, so should you go?
Well, I reckon it all depends:
Yes - if employers you'd like to work for are attending, and you haven't already met them at a recent … [read more...]
Next week our autumn fairs are taking place in Manchester Central. The Engineering, Science & Technology fair is taking place on Wednesday 16th and The Finance, Business & Management fair on Thursday 17th. These fairs are not just for students they are a great opportunity for graduates to meet and network with recruiters.
Engaging with employers at fairs can be quite nerve wracking and one of the issues the information team get asked … [read more...]
If you have seen our recent blog posts about having a career mentor through our Manchester Gold programme, you may be wondering if there are any mentors appropriate for international students. Absolutely, yes!
Our Manchester Gold programme is open to all our students ( home and international ) but we also have around 100 mentors based overseas around the globe - usually our international alumni - who can be invaluable if you are looking to … [read more...]