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April Newsletter for PGRs

The Romans called April Aprilis.  No one is sure the exact meaning of the word. Some scholars think that it may be related to an old Italic word meaning “the following, the next”, in a sequence of events. Old folk interpretations link it to the Latin aperire (think ‘aperture’ on a camera) “to open”  - referring the opening of buds and blossoms in Spring. Either interpretation is apt with Pathways on the horizon – our annual event to help PGRs … [read more...]

New LinkedIn desktop version: what you need to know!

Well, it’s all change at LinkedIn, and they seem to have finished the roll out of their new desktop user interface.  It has been given a bit of a makeover, to bring it into line with the mobile version which has also changed some of the functionality.  We’re in the process of updating our LinkedIn resources, but in the meantime, here’s our top 5 things you need to know… UPDATE YOUR BROWSER You need to be using the latest version of your web … [read more...]

What Masters students need to know about the Grad Fair 2017

Your Masters degree ends in September/October, so the autumn recruitment fairs happen at just the right time to help you find a job, right? Wrong! If you're going to find a job at a recruitment fair starting this year, the fair you need is the summer Graduate Recruitment Fair - next week. Why? Here is a big difference between the types of jobs advertised at these fairs. Autumn recruitment fairs are primarily aimed at larger … [read more...]

Working in the UK – Information for international students attending the Grad Fair 2017

On the day - Making a good impression Do not talk about visas with the employer at the fair. Consider how you approach an employer with your questions about the company. It is still important to be interested in the organisation and their opportunities and not just interested in finding any company that sponsors work visas. This will create a poor impression. Should you discuss sponsorship or visas with employers at the fair? We advise you do … [read more...]

And so the end is nigh.. Nearly finished your degree what next?

Easter vacation is coming to an end and some of you will be handing in dissertations soon.  Does it feel like it's all over bar the exams? Obviously exams are uppermost in most minds but use your time well and you could still secure a graduate job or internship starting in summer or autumn. To do list 1  Graduate Internships at the University are open for applications now.  They don't all come in at once because contracts finish at different … [read more...]

April Newsletter for Masters Students

The Romans called April Aprilis.  No one is sure the exact meaning of the word. Some scholars think that it may be related to an old Italic word meaning “the following, the next”, in a sequence of events. Old folk interpretations link it to the Latin aperire (think ‘aperture’ on a camera - the bit that opens to allow light into the lens) “to open”  - referring the opening of buds and blossoms in Spring. Either interpretation is apt at this stage … [read more...]

Gratrick on Gratrick: An interview with my 20-year-old self

Guest post by Paul Gratrick, Careers Manager for the Faculty of Humanities   This June sees 10 years since I graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Durham University. Given my current role as Careers Manager at the University of Manchester (thereby speaking to students on a daily basis about life after University) and in anticipation of the upcoming Grad Fair, I have used a real life time machine to chat to my 20-year-old self who is … [read more...]

Graduating soon? Here’s what to do next…

You’re mixed with the feelings of sheer joy and absolute terror at the idea of finishing university;  you are purposefully ignoring the fact that you haven’t started thinking about your career despite your jammy housemate securing a graduate scheme way back in November; you feel a little bit sick at the mere idea of job hunting… sound familiar? If so, we've got the perfect antidote. The Grad Fair 2017 When? We're holding The Grad Fair earlier … [read more...]

Money, Money, Money

Growing up I was always taught not to talk about money… Well, sorry Mum & Dad that’s exactly what I’m going to do in this blog post. Salaries are something we get asked about a lot on the information desk so I thought I’d spend a bit of time answering the most common queries. What is a ‘competitive salary’? I’m sure you’ll have come across this term in job descriptions before and been a bit confused as to why the employer is being evasive. … [read more...]

J1 Visa for the USA for work experience overseas

Are you looking for work experience during the Summer or after you graduate. Are you an international student struggling to get sponsorship for employment in the UK under Tier 2 or Tier 5 visas? Are you looking ultimately to get some experience as an international student and bring this home with you? Or are you a UK/EU student looking to expand their experience on their CV and go overseas for a while? If you answered yes to any of these … [read more...]

Where are all the first year internships?

“Where are all the internships?” said the first year. Finding an internship in your first year can be quite a challenge. If you were in the very small percentage of First Year students who thought about an internship in the first term, you may have been lucky enough to land yourself either a Spring Insight or a Summer Internship- if so, well done! As for the rest of you, if you have only just started to think about internships you may be finding … [read more...]

March Newsletter for Masters students

The clocks spring ahead, the days are longer and (a little) warmer, the nature is waking up from its long winter’s slumber – and the job market is coming alive; make sure you don’t miss out on some great opportunities this Spring, these are detailed below. If you’re not sure what you want to do, Spring is a good time to practice a little daydreaming – occupational daydreaming: Morgan, J.I., & Skovholt, T.M. (1977). Using inner experience. … [read more...]

Use your Easter vacation to get work experience for summer

If you've not found work experience ( paid, voluntary or work shadowing) over summer yet - it's time to get on it! Many of you will go home over Easter or visit friends & family - it's time to use those networks to help you.  Yes really... these people are your network, where do they work, who do they know, who are their neighbours, friends etc and where do they work?  You'd be surprised who knows whom! You don't have to give them the hard … [read more...]

Self-employment alongside studying: top tips

Guest blog post written by Lucy Eliza Davis, Management, Leadership and Leisure student running her own fitness website.  Increasingly, we're seeing that some graduates want to work for themselves or start their own business after university. Self-employment can offer a more flexible way to live and earn – but isn't without its challenges! Some of you may even be thinking about running a business alongside your studies. One of our undergraduate … [read more...]

Writing a personal statement for a Masters course

Unless you are applying for Teaching or Medicine through UCAS this will be a completely different process for you. There are some universities which use the UKPASS system but most require a direct application to the postgraduate admissions contact for the course you are applying to. (You will find this on the university website when you search for the course details.) What does the application look like? For some it's an application form, … [read more...]

Have you got the right skills for the job? Think hard before you say no!

Faced with a job advert it is easy to give up, shrug and say I can't do that I don't have what they are looking for. It may not even be that clear what they are looking for! Don't give up quite so easily - print out that job description, have a good rummage on their website and get yourself a highlighter pen. Now let's do this... To make a good application you need to be clear: Why you want to do the job? You need to be able to write … [read more...]

How to do your research for a covering letter or personal statement

Employers want to be sure that not only do you have the relevant skills for a particular job but you also understand what the organisation does, how this role fits in and what it involves.  They want people who are making informed decisions and have a genuine passion for the job. You may always have wanted to work for Virgin, KPMG, Rolls Royce etc. But now it's time to put that onto paper and it's not that easy! Lets break it down: In any cover … [read more...]

Why generic CVs and cover letters end up in the bin!

You've just sent me a CV & cover letter for a job.  You and possibly several hundred others so I'm going to spend just a few seconds skimming over it to see which pile you fit in.  Yes, No or Maybe. I have a check-list of all the skills & qualifications I'm looking for and if you don't tick any boxes you'll be going in the No pile. Why generic CVs fail. They often talk about duties you performed not the skills involved. The skills … [read more...]

Presentation or death?

“According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” (attributed to Jerry Seinfeld) Most of us dread public speaking of any sort and yet it is something we can’t avoid as often we’re required to make presentations to our peers or even to a … [read more...]

February News and Updates for Masters students

The work of the Careers Service is designed and delivered to give you control over your career (= job + life). None of us can ever have 100% control but through self-awareness and other skills of career management, you become more able to adapt and overcome adversities that are out of your immediate control, and able to seek guidance for support and advice for dealing with things both in and out of your control. With this in mind, I’ll be … [read more...]

Are you a Global Graduate?

Global Graduates is an exclusive programme for University of Manchester students, offering the opportunity to meet with alumni in host cities across the world (thanks to the generous funding of donors). This year's programme will take 32 lucky applicants to Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Toronto - an amazing opportunity! The 2017 programme is now open for applications from eligible undergrads (not in the final … [read more...]

Explore your interests at My Future Fest

February is one of the coldest, darkest and wettest months of the year. January exams are over, semester two has just begun and summer feels like a very long way off. But that magical time of the year without exams or assignment deadlines will come around sooner than you think, and it’s also the ideal time to do something a bit different and build your skills away from the University. Which is why we’re bringing you My Future Fest – a day packed … [read more...]

January News and Updates for PGRs

A big welcome to all the new PGR students who’ve just arrived at the University of Manchester! Spring is in the air. It’s true. Leaving work in the evening, I’ve detected a glimmer of sunlight lingering in the western sky.  More significantly, snowdrops, that well known harbinger of British Spring, have appeared in our garden (we live 200 m higher than Manchester, so I come into work to get warm). Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) was an early English … [read more...]

Help! I need to ring or email an employer, what do I do?

As part of your job search it is inevitable that you will have to write to or ring employers.  You may be applying speculatively for work experience, asking for more information about a job or have a query about the application process or interview. Employers are not ogres but they are busy and will have expectations about how you should communicate with them. Some employers will put their name and contact details on a job description. They … [read more...]

Applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme, 2017

2017 STP - opened 16th January, closes Monday 13th February at 5pm The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) is open for applications! Thousands of scientists and engineers of all disciplines work for the NHS, and the STP is how they recruit most of their Clinical Science trainees each year. Many Manchester students and postgrads apply to the STP, so we update this blog post each year to help you navigate the process.  We will also update this … [read more...]

Do you need career goals or are they a waste of time?

I saw this article  saying career goals are a waste of time, while it was written from the point of view of someone with a job, I think it does hold some truths. First it really depends on the type of person you are whether you are motivated by goals at all. If you regularly set yourself targets and deadlines and never stick to them, (diets and exam revision spring to mind at this time of year) then perhaps this is not what your mind needs to … [read more...]

Paid work experience opportunities for PhDs in January – invigilation

  University of Manchester Examination Invigilation opportunity for PhD students Semester 1 2017 exams – Monday 16th January 2017 – Friday 27th January 2017  Completed application forms received by: 12noon Monday 19th December 2016 Notification of shortlisting: Tuesday 20th December 2016 Interview: Wednesday 4th January 2017 Training: Monday 9thth January 2017 … [read more...]

10 Career lessons from Buddy the Elf

For me Christmas movies fall into 3 categories – the classics (A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life & Miracle on 34th Street), family faves (Elf, Home Alone & The Grinch) and the Channel 5s (I can’t think of any off the top of my head which says a lot).  However I also feel that one film and in particular one character could fall into the genre of careers advice. The film is Elf and the character the one and only Buddy! Perhaps not he … [read more...]

Keep your cool this Christmas

So that’s it, semester one is almost over and many of you are getting ready to head home (or elsewhere) for the winter break. Whether you’re a first year student that’s just made it through your first ever semester at uni, or a seasoned postgrad that knows these winter breaks like the back of your hand, there can be so much going on at this time of year that your future career probably won’t be at the front of your mind. Which is fine… you've got … [read more...]

Five tips for getting work experience in TV

There are no two ways about it – getting into the media is difficult. As somebody who’s been trying to get into TV for a while now, it can feel almost impossible to get that first break. So when work experience opportunities pop up – especially with the really big names out there – hundreds of eager students and graduates flood the inbox of a poor unsuspecting work experience manager, vying to get their foot in the door. Last month, I undertook … [read more...]

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