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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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Where are all the part time jobs on campus?

The good news: There are jobs available for students on campus. The bad news: There aren't 38,000 of these jobs so there won't be enough to go round. Most jobs at the University are advertised on by the Central HR team not Careers. As you will see they range from: Academic - Professorships and lectureships Management and professional - Specialist administrative and management jobs Research - … [read more...]

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The Journey of Job Discovery: How to investigate your career options

by Jenny Leung, final year, English Lit and Linguistics “Help-I have no idea what I want to do!” - This article may change your mind! The journey of job discovery can often be long and treacherous, meandering through hills and valleys of uncertainty and indecision. For others, the path is very clear, uncluttered by those dull clouds of indecision. For those floundering in the hills of “What do I do after university?” there are a few steps … [read more...]

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Musings on making career choices

I recently read two interesting articles which looked at different problems with the graduate job market. From the Telegraph: 'Why do 1 in 4 graduates quit within a  year of starting work?' From the THE: 'Underemployed graduates stay in stepping-stone jobs too long'. Both are from employers point of view with recommendations of how they could recruit graduates more effectively. But when you read further an important message emerges for … [read more...]

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When is the right time to talk to you about your future?

Graduating students tell us ... I wish i'd got careers support earlier why did no-one make me!  Ideally this would be discussed with you before you chose your A-levels, but for most of you that probably never happened.  Did anyone discuss with you which degree or University would be best for you? Or even if a degree was the right path for you? Oops possibly not. So now you're at University what next? Get unpacked, enjoy freshers / welcome … [read more...]

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City firms recruiting now

City firms are amongst the companies which traditionally recruit earliest in the academic year for graduate schemes and placements. We are in the process of compiling a list of deadlines for city firms which will go on our website to help you plan your applications for 2015. It won't be ready for a couple of weeks as some companies have not yet opened applications but in the meantime here are firms who are already accepting applications. Bank … [read more...]

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The current labour market and how to succeed in it

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) recently published a report on the current labour market they found that there has been a significant increase in the number of graduate vacancies in the UK but that many employers are struggling to fill all their posts. This could be for two reasons. On explanation could be that the number of graduate applications may have fallen. However figures suggest this is not the case as nearly half of … [read more...]


Disappointed that you didn’t get a 2:1?

Careers Consultant Louise has some advice if you didn't achieve a 2:1.... Disappointed that you didn’t get a 2:1?   When those around you are celebrating their degree success it can be difficult to keep a sense of perspective.   But that’s exactly what you need to do. A lower degree result than you had hoped for doesn’t have to be a barrier to career success.  Some job adverts, especially those for graduate recruitment schemes, will specify … [read more...]


Logging into Careerslink as a Graduate

As graduation ceremonies draw to an end the University  has now turned your accounts from student to alumni. This means that you will not be able to login to Careerslink as a student and will need to login as a graduate. There are a couple of things you may need to do to ensure you can access your Careerslink account as a graduate. Step 1 - Update your contact email If you have already updated your contact email through My Manchester, … [read more...]

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Immediate Start Vacancies

There is no rest for the wicked……Or in this case the graduate! With your degree certificate safety grasped in your hand it’s now time to enter the big bad world of work (it’s not that bad honest!). To make your transition a little easier I thought I’d highlight some of the immediate start full-time vacancies currently being advertised on Careerslink. Graduate Financial position vacancy ID 33022 Import & Export Assistant Vacancy ID … [read more...]

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Making the most of your year abroad

It’s been almost two years since I was frantically condensing my life into a 30kg suitcase ready for my year abroad in Hong Kong. As a language student you have to spend the third year of your degree in the country that speak the language you are learning. As Chinese Studies students do not have the option to work, we spend the year in a partner university studying the language intensively. Thinking about my year abroad, and all the things … [read more...]

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Graduation – what next?

It's almost upon us... the time when you'll be collecting your gown, having copious photos taken and receiving your degree certificate. Hopefully the sun will be shining and you'll be celebrating your success in with a cool glass of Pimms (other refreshing beverages are available) in sunny Manchester! Once the lovely glow of graduation has faded, what will you be doing next? If you aren't sure what you'll be doing next or are just … [read more...]

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