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One thing I could do NOW to sort out my future

We're always banging on about things you could do to sort out your career or get a job - but what if there's just too much "stuff to do"? How do you pick out the stuff which is important to your future? What should you do first? And what if you don't know what kind of "career" you want anyway? Luckily, as a current University of Manchester undergrad, you have exclusive access to "One thing to sort your future out, right now" - or "My … [read more...]

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In the saddle and raring to go…

Thanks to Elizabeth for a great introduction to the blog. It's an honour to be taking over the reins of the Postgraduate Graduate Careers blog from such enthusiastic, experienced and skilful hands. New jobs are fun and exciting - and a little bit daunting:  How does one find one's way around the Stopford Building?, Ah, 'the baked bean tin' and University Place are one and the same..., and the Renold Building is farther away from my office … [read more...]


Postgrad Blog – Rebooted

One TWO, one TWO ...  is this thing on? It's been a long silence, but we're back, with a great new act about to make her debut on the "Introducing Stage". Job changes have sadly left me no time to nurture my beloved postgrad blog, but at last we've recruited a fantastic new postgraduate careers consultant, Dr Darcey Gillie, to take over the reins. She's as much a fan of using social media and new technologies to talk to postgrads as I … [read more...]


Valentines special: How to find your perfect (job) partner

Whether you are looking for a job for life or a more short term engagement, it's important to choose carefully and plan your approach. Sometimes you can tell at a glance that a job is not for you, wrong hours, wrong location, or you just don't have the skills. However, some jobs grow on you. The more you get to know about them the more interesting they seem, you start to understand who they are and what they are looking for and realise that … [read more...]

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Help us to help you improve your chances of success at applications and interviews

We are doing some research to find out what University of Manchester students and recent graduates find most difficult when applying for jobs and going for interviews. The results will help us evaluate the current resources and support available to you and help to design future products or services that meet your needs. Please spend 5 minutes on our survey  We don't have any fancy incentives or prize draws, a warm fuzzy feeling that you … [read more...]

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How to find Non Graduate Scheme roles

Think a graduate training scheme is the only option open to you when leaving university? Think again! In reality these schemes only represent a small proportion of the overall number of jobs suitable for graduates. Most graduates are employed directly into individual positions within a range of different organisations. Organisations in the following sectors are unlikely to have big graduate schemes: • Media, cultural & heritage • … [read more...]


Preparing for applying to medicine in Autumn 2015?

Only just started thinking about applying to medicine?  - read our guide Deadlines for applications to UCAS for medicine are usually mid october - check here  10 things you need to be doing now Explore your motivations to become a doctor. (inspiration and future job satisfaction)  You will need to be able to discuss this on your application and at interview. Gain direct health and caring experience. (e.g. Hospitals as a Health Care … [read more...]

Connect to a mentor

How to write a good application for the Manchester Gold mentoring scheme?

The Manchester Gold mentoring scheme is a great opportunity to be matched with a mentor to gain advice and support from someone with experience, insights and hindsight who could already be working in the job you're aiming for, in an industry area that interests you or has graduated from the same course as you. As a University of Manchester student, if you are thinking of applying to the spring scheme for the Manchester Gold mentoring scheme … [read more...]


MyFutureFest 2015

MyFutureFest is coming to campus next week (9th-13th February) aiming to help you explore your career options, find out about work experience opportunities, and to connect with employers. There are a number of events taking place across campus so there are plenty of ways you can get involved. The Domes (Tues 10th-Wed 11th Feb)ation and advice from arrange of different services in University and take part in interactive activities. Explore … [read more...]

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Job search round 2, all to play for!

So it's semester 2, you've just done exams and all you have to look forward to is snow, sleet, Easter and then more exams. Oh and you really need a job for summer / after you graduate. Can it get more depressing? Did you apply in semester 1 and got nowhere?  All is not lost. There are still loads of jobs to apply for and some are only just being advertised.  You may even find that some of the big firms whose closing dates have passed reopen … [read more...]


Opportunities around the country

Wherever you are sat reading this blog be that in a very rainy Manchester, sat on a bus in London, at your desk in Glasgow or waiting for train at Newcastle I can guarantee you one thing – There are a range of full time vacancies nearby. I’ve been having a look at the full time vacancies currently being advertised on CareersLink and heres what I found (Please note CareersLink is a live system so numbers may change) England • North West … [read more...]


Second year and arranging your own research projects: how volunteering can help.

By Patricia Matos, MRes Maternal & Fetal Health student Are you lucky enough to have a particular interest in your discipline and want to take the reins of your degree? Then why not arrange your own final year research project! I studied Physiology as an undergrad, because I am interested in how bodies work. But, I was fascinated at how a female body can produce another life. I decided to self-arrange my project in the area of Reproduction. … [read more...]

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Back to the future – reflect and revise for 2015

The New Year’s approaching including celebrating with family and friends and making New Year’s resolutions. It is a time to reflect on the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead.   Reflection Reflecting on what you did in the last year and what you want to do in the year ahead can be constructive and an encouragement. Encouraging – identifying what goals you have met, challenges you have overcome and ultimately what you … [read more...]


12 days of careers Christmas

‘On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree………’ I’m sure you all know this festive classic and although it’s great receiving gifts from loved ones at this time of year I’m not entirely sure what I’d do with a partridge, swimming swans or leaping lords (the 5 gold rings would be nice though!) If you’re searching for a job at this time of year more useful presents would be resources help you. Here are 12 … [read more...]

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Can’t decide what to do after you graduate?

Don't panic Let's start with a familiar scenario How did you decide what subject to study at University? Do any of these sound familiar? We didn't have any careers advice at school I picked the A-level I liked most and did a degree in it. My boy/girl friend was going to X university so I picked a subject I could get onto there. The staff at the University open day said I could do this subject with my A-levels so I did. Nobody talked … [read more...]


Advice for getting a Christmas job – UoM student Beckie shares her insider tips.

By Beckie Rackham -  second year Design and Fashion Business student It’s coming up to the end of the year now and student loans are running low; I work in retail, and there are currently LOTS of companies hiring for Christmas temporary staff. While it may not be a long-term money solution, temporary roles have their benefits in that: they’re usually flexible hours, giving you more once semester ends. Some money is better than none and … [read more...]

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How to fail successfully. Management student Nadya tells us about her experience of job hunting.

By Nadya Valkova Being out in the job market is not a pleasant thing. In fact, it is perhaps one of the few most terrifying things you can experience as a student because ... a) you don’t have the experience to be competitive, b) you’re absolutely lost in terms of job titles and roles and what you actually like to do as a career, and .... c) there’s the pressure from everywhere to get down on those applications so you can essentially … [read more...]

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What can I do with languages? UoM Graduate Emily tells her story

By Emily Fenlon When I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Chinese Studies last July, I was both excited and terrified at the prospect of finding a “proper job”. I already had some summer work lined up and I had secured a place on the British Council’s ELA programme in China for a year to improve my Chinese with the view of returning to work as a translator. That was until I woke up one morning and began doubting … [read more...]


What I did with a degree in Zoology. Graduate Charlotte tells her story.

By Charlotte Cox It has been over six years since I was accepted into The University of Manchester to study for a BSc in Zoology with a modern language, and I couldn’t be more jealous of those students just starting out in their very first semester of their Zoology course. In all honesty, first year was a complete whirlwind and I had very little direction, and no idea about what I wanted from my degree. Throughout the year, juggling Zoology … [read more...]

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Get linked up on LinkedIn

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Do you have a profile but are not really sure what you are supposed to do with it? LinkedIn is useful for: Developing a professional online profile to complement your CV. Helping ensure that potential employers are impressed by what they find if they Google you. A well-developed LinkedIn profile will usually appear near the top of the first page in a Google search on your name. Making contacts with … [read more...]

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Considering a career in Law? Is it the end of Lawyer? The Legal Services Act 2007 and Beyond.

By Bernie Lyons Careers Consultant Richard Susskind’s book “The End of Lawyers” does not propose to rid the world of lawyers in Dr Evil style, but does write a fairly gloomy prediction that lawyers, as we know them, shall essentially cease to exist in their current form. It’s true. But I want to take a much more positive angle because these changing times, unprecedented in the history of our legal profession, throw up all sorts of … [read more...]


Getting a summer job in the USA. Student Claire tells us about her experience.

By Claire Ung, final year Maths student This summer, I spent 3 months working as a J1 student in the USA in Brewster, Massachusetts, part of ‘Cape Cod’. A J1 ‘work and travel’ visa is for students who are still in university or would be graduating the summer that they are planning to go. It is for a maximum of four months and you cannot work any later than September 15th. There is a thirty day ‘grace’ period after you complete your contract, … [read more...]

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Tips and challenges of coming to Manchester – by an international student!

Vasim Shah - International Postgraduate @ UoM talks about his experience being a new international student and his tips so far. I can’t forget the day when read my letter of acceptance to the University of Manchester and went around the house shouting in happiness that I have been admitted to one of the best universities in the world. Being a computer science student, Manchester University was the both the birth place of the first programmable … [read more...]


Do you dream of working for NASA? Geology student Tim tells us about his summer internship

By Tim Gregory I’m a fourth year Geology with Planetary Science student, and this summer I did a ten week internship in Texas, USA. The internship was the LPI (Lunar and Planetary Science) Summer Internship - LPI is a research institute supported by NASA, and they study the solar system (from the moon, to meteorites, to the atmosphere of Saturn). I found out about the internship by sitting down and googling “planetary science internships”. … [read more...]

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Immediate start vacancies

Here's a selection of immediate start vacancies that have recently been added to CareersLink. If you use the advanced vacancy search in CareersLink you can look for the vacancy ID number quoted. As a graduate you can of course also apply for 2015 graduate schemes if you wish, but these posts start January at the latest. Science related Publishing Editor at Royal Society of Chemistry (chemist preferred) - £24.3k, Cambridge (ID: … [read more...]

Ambitious Futures: a graduate scheme for university leadership

Have you ever thought about what it takes for a university to operate? The University of Manchester is a massive business! It has an annual income of over £800 million, over 11,000 staff (of which about 5000 are non-academics/researchers), and over 300 buildings on over 700 acres of estate. It's a great place to start a career even if you don't want to be an academic or researcher. Ambitious Futures is a graduate scheme for the university … [read more...]


Can I get advice on my CV?

This is probably our number one enquiry, and the answer is yes! This is how the Applications Advice Service works It covers: CVs, cover letters, personal statements for jobs or courses, and application form questions. We can look at LinkedIn profiles too. So that we can give you accurate advice we need: A copy of the job description or advert for the job or course so that we can work with you to match the employers requirements with … [read more...]

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Good news for graduate scheme recruitment

Last week yet another report was published, this time by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) which showed improvements in graduate job market with biggest drop in unemployment amongst university leavers for 15 years. Following figures released by the Association of Graduate Recruiters showing a significant increase in the number of graduate vacancies in the UK the HECSU report indicates that a large proportion (66.3%) of the … [read more...]

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Why having a terrible interview was the best thing that ever happened to me 

I'm Jordan Paterson and In September I started a Masters in Forensic Psychology & Mental Health at the University of Manchester after graduating from the University of Bolton in 2013 with a 2:1 in Criminological & Forensic Psychology. After completing my degree, I started a fixed-term Graduate Internship at the University of Bolton in the Careers Service.  Other experience includes some volunteering at a special needs charity, as well as … [read more...]


Need evidence of your writing skills? Write for us.

If you are applying for any type of job where you need to show evidence of writing skills or social media engagement, then having a blog can be a good idea. If you don't want to set up your own blog or fancy developing your portfolio why not write something for this blog. We love hearing from students, and other students love hearing your stories. We want to hear about: Your successes and failures looking for jobs. How you started … [read more...]

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