Thank's to everyone who came along to the second running of this Career Essential's session, and great contributions and discussion! If you are in FSE, keep an eye out for a full day workshop on Planning an Academic Career and Academic CVs (with lunch in the middle) coming to a location near you in March 2017.
The slides are here: becoming-an-academic-2016-web-version … [read more...]
Thanks to everyone for coming along to the last session in the Career Essentials series! And many apologies for running over time (Simon Building Lecture Theatre C and I don't seem to suit each other very well, it seems).
Here are the slides from the session: job-hunting-strategies-2016. … [read more...]
…leaves of books, leaves of trees, leaves of a new or continuing life in Manchester.
While the rest of the world is winding down for the year – “the nights are drawing in” – here at the University of Manchester, we’re just getting into the swing of things: the excitement of a new academic year and all of the challenge, enjoyment and possibility that comes with new beginnings.
With so much to do and see and plan for the coming … [read more...]
Thank you to everyone who attended today's session - it was nice to see new faces and some returners! Again, I'd like to thank everyone for their contributions to the session - it makes it more helpful and interesting for other participants - and me!
Here is a no frills PDF of today's session Career Essentials: Interviews for Postgraduates: interviews-dfg-2016-web-version
Don't miss the final Career Essentials session tomorrow:
Career … [read more...]
If you're a science student who loves science, it can sometimes feel like all the jobs are for business students, engineers or computer scientists. This is to reassure you that there are ways of finding science jobs - if you know where to look.
Two alternatives are:
a) Look for science jobs which are being advertised
The pros - you know there is a job to be filled
The cons - so do lot of other people, so the competition will be … [read more...]
Thank you to everyone who attended today's session. Although it was outwith my control, I do apologise for the temperature in the room - too warm to be conducive to both teaching and learning (digression - if you are curious about the psychology of learning environments, read this article: bit.ly/2earkXJ ).
Here is a no frills version of the slides for Career Essentials: Covering Letter Basics for … [read more...]
...leaves of books, leaves of trees, leaves of a new or continuing life in Manchester. While the rest of the world is winding down for the year – “the nights are drawing in” – here at the University of Manchester, we’re just getting into the swing of things: the excitement of a new academic year and all of the challenge, enjoyment and possibility that comes with new beginnings.
With so much to do and see and plan for the … [read more...]
By Amy Kilvington, Contemporary Literature & Culture MA, The University of Manchester 2013
What do you do now Amy?
After completing my English degree at the University of Hull, I headed to Manchester to study my MA. I graduated with Merit in 2013, and now run my own business as a freelance copywriter and digital content specialist. My business, Naturally Content, launched just over 12 months ago. I offer a range of services to help brands … [read more...]
Next week (18 and 19 October), we’re hosting the Big Careers Fair at Manchester Central Convention Centre. Maybe you know this already – you might have seen our shiny big banners around campus, spotted a poster, or one of your lecturers has mentioned that it’s a good idea to go. Maybe, though, you think that none of this is for you – you’re too busy, or you've never been to a careers fair before and don’t know what to do. You may know exactly … [read more...]
Thank you to everyone who attended today's session - it was nice to see you all! And thank you to everyone for their contributions to the session - it wouldn't have worked without you.
Here is a no frills PDF of today's session Career Essentials: CVs Basics for Postgraduates: cvs-dfg-2016-web-version
Don't miss Thursday's session:
Careers Essentials: Covering Letters for Postgraduates
October 13th 2016
Simon Building Lecture … [read more...]
Just because you have a biological or life science related degree doesn't mean you want to spend the rest of your life in a lab. Most people by mid degree have an idea how they feel about labs, love 'em hate 'em these are some options.
In this blog post we will look at:
Getting work in a lab
Love science, but hate labs? Including medical communications
Job options out of the lab: For people who love data
Job options out of the … [read more...]
Yesterday I presented a 1 hour session on Making the Most of Manchester – 6 (and a bit) things postgraduates can do in their own way and their own time to (paraphrase the philosopher H D Thoreau), er, squeeze the marrow out of living, studying and possibly working in Manchester. One of the 6 and a bit things I stressed the most, much to everyone’s chagrin judging by the nervous giggles, was connecting. Networking. Getting to know people. … [read more...]
If you are a veteran Humanities PhD student, you probably know that the SALC Graduate School and the Careers Service have joined forces to make it even easier for all Humanities PGRs to access career support. If you are new, now you know!
I hold drop-in guidance appointments in my office in Ellen Wilkinson C1.5 (some of you might have already noticed the door and/or me bedecking it and the walls with useful careers stuff). If the door is open, … [read more...]
It's the time of year for making applications to graduate entry into medicine - the deadline is fast approaching. If you are thinking of applying in 2017 just bear in mind the dates and possibly funding might be different.
1 How do I apply for GEM?
Via UCAS by 15 October. You may also need to one of the 3 commonly used entrance tests (BMAT, GAMSAT or UKCAT), these are sat the year you make your application and often need to be applied to … [read more...]
Guest post by Kim Smith, Careers Consultant and Ambitious Futures alumnus.
So you’ve studied at university but would you ever consider working here? I started my career on the Ambitious Futures Graduate Scheme and have since worked in various roles in Higher Education (HE), including my current role here in the Careers Service.
If you don’t fancy a career in academia, but are interested in Higher Education then this could be the scheme for … [read more...]
In Semester 1 it all kicks off: The search for internships, graduate schemes and your future career direction. Each year we get some interesting and quirky career options that students want to pursue (running an airline, circus performer...) but we also get some familiar favourites.
So here are the things you need to know about the most frequently asked about career areas.
5 Top Tips for Getting into International Development
10 things you … [read more...]
I am certain that a lot of graduates will agree with me when I say that the final year of your degree is full of blood sweat and tears (metaphorically speaking that is). It is the year that you pull your socks up, knuckle down and really give it your all so that when June comes around and you put on your graduation gown you are filled with pride. But, as if final years didn’t have enough to stress about with their degree, there is a certain … [read more...]
Have you had That Conversation, yet? The one that goes something like:
‘So! What are you going to do when you’ve finished Uni’
I don’t know, yet
‘You don’t know yet? I see’
No, I don’t know yet
‘Well, have you got any ideas?’
Well, some. But no, not really. I’m waiting until I’ve got my final year out of the way then think about it’
Hmmm…. If you are familiar with this or similar conversations, or quite simply have no idea what your … [read more...]
This is the time of year when we get loads of enquiries about teaching and how to get in. Trouble is, there’s no one right answer!
There’s so much to learn and lots to consider about the application process, but before you even head to the UCAS website, take some time to think about why you’re thinking of applying for this profession. Applications this year open on 18th October.
1. Have you got experience with young people/children in an … [read more...]
Do you enjoy working with people? Are you fascinated by consumer behaviour? Intrigued by why one brand can be popular and another less so? Are you a lover of social media? A career in marketing may be for you!
1.What is marketing?
Marketing is a widely used term to describe the communication between a company and the consumer audience that aims to increase the value of the company or its merchandise or, at its simplest, raises the profile of … [read more...]
Management consultants are specialists who help organisations maximise their growth or improve business performance. They are called in to deal with difficult challenges the organisation is having difficulty solving themselves, or where they want a new approach. This makes management consultancy an interesting career for those who love problem solving, innovation and varied challenges. It has a mystique which attracts many graduates, which makes … [read more...]
It All Starts in Final Year of your Degree
Start your research as soon as possible into Semester 1 of Final Year. A legal career is open to ALL degree disciplines, and employers are positively encouraging a broader range. Don’t be put off thinking you need a law degree. You usually still need the 2:1, but there are exceptions so come and discuss these with the Careers Team at The Atrium.
Ask yourself: ‘Why be a lawyer?’
Be honest with yourself … [read more...]
Don't worry about your CV until you have found a vacancy to apply for.
Many students are so eager that before they even know what type of job they want to do they are writing a CV and cover letter.
STOP RIGHT NOW.
1 Decide what jobs you are interested in.
It doesn't matter if it's a part time job, internship or graduate job, it will make your life a lot simpler if you know what you are looking for. It's like trying to guess what present someone … [read more...]
Investment banks help organisations, individuals and governments to raise capital, often by investing in the financial markets or selling shares. They also provide other services to organisations, for example performing large mergers and acquisitions. Investment banking is a very popular area with graduates looking for a challenging career and high financial rewards, however combined with that there is a great deal of competition for places
Do … [read more...]
Explore roles and find out what's right for you
Working in the media is a popular career choice for many students and graduates. The most common reason is that they’ve been inspired by something they read, watched on TV or heard on the radio, and would like a creative role such as journalist, television researcher, radio presenter and so on.However, in practice, these represent only a small selection of the jobs that people do in the media. … [read more...]
It All Starts in 2nd Year
Most activity starts in 2nd year of your law degree. So, enjoy your vacation, and then start your research as soon as possible into Semester 1 of Year 2.
Why be a lawyer?
Be honest with yourself and be able to answer these questions very early on:
Why specifically do I want to be a Solicitor/Barrister? What exactly attracts me to this career?
What sort of work am I drawn to, and why? What clients? Why, … [read more...]
We’re here for you during your Masters (and for 2 years after)
We have web pages chock full of useful information and resources including pages just for Masters students
We've made it easy for you to plan your development during your Masters year
You can talk to us –
drop in to the Atrium to talk to one of our Information Specialists
book a one-to-one guidance appointment (NB – due to demand, these are reduced to 15 minute quick … [read more...]
By current Careers Service MGP Toby Manley, who will soon be leaving us for Japan.
So, you’re coming to the end of your master’s degree, your thesis is a mere binding away from being submitted and you have overcome what initially seemed like an insurmountable mountain of postgraduate work. But what comes next?
Well, after a celebratory drink (or drinks), if you’re still looking to be challenged in new and exciting ways and want the opportunity … [read more...]
What is HR?
Human Resources (HR) is the name given to the area of a company,
whether a team or individual, who has responsibility for recruiting new employees and managing work / employment conditions of current employees on behalf of that organisation. They are also responsible for ensuring an organisation’s staff (their human resources) are being used effectively to meet the objectives of the company.
What does in involve?
HR professionals are … [read more...]
We’re here for you during your PhD (and for 2 years after)
We have web pages chock full of useful information and resources including the THE Award winning An Academic Career
You can talk to us –
drop in to the Atrium to talk to one of our Information Specialists
book a one-to-one guidance appointment (NB – due to demand, these are reduced to 15 minute quick query sessions during September-October, but are usually 30 minutes)
if you are a … [read more...]