The latest featured posts from each of our blogs:

The latest posts from all our blogs

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Do the thing that scares you!

By former Careers Service employee Bryony Spencer - who has recently made the move to the Big City.  Something I learned during my time at university is that you should always say “yes” to the things that scare you. Typically, these are the things that teach you more about yourself – what you enjoy, what you’re capable of, what drives you, and what you want to do more of in the future. For me this meant studying abroad in Sweden for six months, … [read more...]

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Get ready to return to University.

It may be August but sure enough that remaining time will fly by. Are you ready for the challenges of the year ahead? Going into your second  or pre-final year? Everyone talks about internships,  looking for one, applying, interviews & assessment centres, getting one / not getting one. The joy, the despair! Internships are just another name for work experience. This term is often used by the big graduate recruiters and often heralds panic … [read more...]


From the exam hall to the office – starting a new graduate job

I'm Jamie, I just graduated with an undergraduate degree in Music, and a few weeks ago I started my new job here at The Careers Service. My final year at The University of Manchester was a strange one indeed. Final year is without a doubt the most stressful - the workload piles up, the exams are worth more than ever before, and the pressure is on to figure out what to do after your degree. At the same time though, you’re probably at your most … [read more...]


From your masters degree to mastering your career

Click on the image to access our very easy guide to making the most of your masters in the next step in your career. … [read more...]

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What have you learnt this summer?

It’s the middle of summer – your last day at university, school or college feels like a long time ago and yet you've still got a month to go. Not bad, eh? We know that you’ll be busy over the summer, whether you’re doing some voluntary work, working a temporary job to get some cash in your pocket or even spending some time travelling and experiencing new cultures. But how many of you have stopped to think about what you're actually gaining from … [read more...]


Is work experience worth it? Anthropology student Marisa tells her story.

By Marisa Bell Final year Anthropology student Nine months slogging through one year of your degree can feel more like nine years at times. One bad week slips past and before you know it you're neck deep in readings - most of which barely feel as though they are written in your native language. As you sift through the inaccessible writings and abstract theories, scribbling notes, highlighting this, highlighting that - constantly measuring … [read more...]

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Avoid common mistakes when applying for a job.

It's the time of year when new graduates and returning students alike are all looking ahead to graduate jobs or internships. Make sure you avoid some of the top application mistakes.  What does the employer want? The employer has a job to fill, they know what makes a good employee and will have a list of skills, experience and attributes they are looking for. Your job is to correctly identify these and provide evidence that you have them AND … [read more...]

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PhDs – another fabulous (and paid) opportunity: facilitate this year’s Sustainability Challenge

As you may be aware, the University is currently recruiting facilitators to support the delivery of the ‘Sustainability Challenge’. The Challenge forms part of the 2016 Manchester Welcome for all first year students, and takes place this year on Tuesday 20th September.  There are now a number of paid opportunities for PGR students to join the team of facilitators. Paid PGR Challenge facilitators will work alongside a wide range of volunteer … [read more...]


Fancy a job working in Careers helping students? Intern Hannah tells all.

Want to apply for my job? As my 12 month MGP role is coming to an end in September, maybe you’d be interested in filling the position? I don’t know what I want to do Smiling for my photos I had just graduated after completing a 3 year Psychology degree at Manchester. I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my future. Having just come home from backpacking around Thailand and now being named a graduate, I realised it really was time to … [read more...]

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Getting the third degree

A friend of mine was recently reminiscing about her graduation 4 years ago.  She was awarded a third class degree and hated her graduation day, struggling to work out what the 3 years were all for and what exactly she had learned. She had felt pretty down about it and wasn’t looking forward to her future career prospects. Four years on and she is happily pursuing a successful career path in PR – something she had never even thought of when she … [read more...]


Legally-related jobs for all Graduates

I went to a meeting recently where I met a number of graduates, some with law degrees, most with degrees across the disciplines, who have landed jobs that have a legal element to them. I have listed details below but a common theme was how each graduate describes ‘falling’ into the role – none of them even knew the roles existed before they saw them advertised and it was very much a shot into the unknown. The general message from these … [read more...]

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Think Insurance and Risk is boring or dull? Think again.

Who knew that Taylor Swift’s legs are insured for £10 million?  Or that 30,000 people have actually taken out insurance policies for alien abduction?  Ever wondered about the implications of insuring driverless cars; how to tackle the growing area of cyber-crime or exactly how to enforce stricter regulations on the use of drones? No - neither had I - but these are all projects that recent graduates have been involved with.   Think a career in … [read more...]


A 2:2 degree – Triumph not Tragedy

‘Well, I wanted to do a Graduate Scheme in Marketing, but they don’t take 2:2’s, so I’m going travelling. There’s nothing much else I can do’. – 2016 Graduate As she said these words, a gloomy silence fell on our little meeting, and we both sighed in an ‘ah well, nothing to be done’ sort of way, gazing wistfully out of the window, imagining what glittering career might have been. That pesky 2:2 went and ruined everything.. ‘NO!!’ I started, … [read more...]


PhDs – Want teaching experience and an opportunity to make the world a nicer place?

Are you passionate about your subject area? Would you like the opportunity to work with local school children? …then the Widening Participation Fellow programme might be for you! The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team is currently recruiting Postgraduate students for the position of Widening Participation Fellows. These positions support the University’s widening participation activities with a range of learners from primary … [read more...]


What’s going to happen to the graduate job market?

I can't pretend to know what's going to happen in the UK in the next half hour, never mind the next 6 months - other than I'm pretty sure we'll soon hear lots of press stories and anecdotes about problems in the job market (they've started already). We're in unprecedented times so history may not be an accurate predictor of what's to come, but it's worth looking at what happened to the graduate job market in the last recession. The press … [read more...]

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Don’t give up!

If you're graduating next month (well done!), chances are you've been sending off job applications left, right and centre. If you're lucky, you'll have had a couple of interviews and maybe even been offered a job. But unfortunately employers only have a finite number of positions to fill, which inevitably means that some candidates will be disappointed. This time last year I'd just finished my degree and couldn't tell you how many jobs I'd … [read more...]


Three ways to face an uncertain future

If you're feeling anxious and worried about how the EU referendum might affect your future plans and dreams, here are three things you can do: Look after yourself It's been a shock for almost everyone and you may find yourself going through some of the classic emotions associated with loss - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Be kind to yourself - it's OK to cut yourself some slack and seek out activities to give yourself a … [read more...]

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Accessing CareersLink as a graduate

Congratulations on completing your degree! Enjoy your success and your big day if you are coming to your graduation ceremony. You can continue to use full services at the Careers Service for 2 years after the end of your course including CareersLink which advertises job vacancies. Accessing CareersLink while you are still have student status You will be able to carry on using your CareersLink student log in in the 'Current Students' box … [read more...]


What to wear at work or for interview to make the right impression

I read this article the other day about how what your wear can affect what people believe your role is. People are biased, have preconceptions and a whole load of baggage that affects the way they react to you before you even open your mouth.   You can't change them but you can decide what you want them to see. When you arrive for an interview or meet new people, say in a new job or at a meeting they will decide who … [read more...]


What we learnt at Pathways

Well, the 10th anniversary of Pathways: Career Options for Researchers arrived along with 400+ delegates and panellists, all current or former researchers. The best way to report on it is to hear from current doctoral researcher, Marc Hudson, who's written a really clear, bullet pointed blog post with the advice he gleaned from the 5 sessions he attended, including: Academic Roles for Humanities Marketing your Skills and your … [read more...]


3 reasons to attend the Graduate Recruitment Fair

You've probably heard or seen quite a bit about The Graduate Recruitment Fair happening this month. It's one of The University's biggest Careers Fairs and this year there will be over 140 exhibitors attending, offering local and national graduate jobs, further study courses and other opportunities for students graduating in 2016. Now your exams are over (or almost over) and you can see a long, deadline-free summer stretching out before you, you … [read more...]


I don’t want a job for life, I just want to try something out.

Do you worry that you don't know what you want to do for the rest of your life?  Do you feel you would be trapped by taking a graduate job, and panic about not making the right choices? Don't panic a job is not for life  (unless you want it to be) No one really expects you to have a crystal ball and be able to map out your entire life. If you have a good idea of what you want to do for the year after you graduate that probably counts as long … [read more...]

Being articulate is for life, not just for Christmas...

Playing Articulate – Putting your experience into words that employers want to read

From guest writer and Faculty of Humanities Careers Manager, Paul Gratrick. It was the Bee Gees (and latterly covered by Boyzone) who once sang: "It's only words, but words are all I have to write on this application form" ...or something along those lines anyway. Writing a CV, cover letter, or in an online application form text box is often the first stage of many graduate-level applications. Whether you're applying to a large corporation or a … [read more...]

Managing your career can be fun. Really.

How to get good advice at Pathways 2016

(even if [especially if] no one is doing exactly the job you think you might want to do) Pathways gives you access to the career stories of many individuals doing many different types of work. Some may not been doing exactly the sort of job you imagine yourself doing, or that you might even find remotely interesting. Their stories are still valuable to you. During your academic research, you don’t just talk to and learn from people doing … [read more...]

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Preparing for your summer internship or vacation job

Exams are nearly over, it's time to celebrate and look forward to summer. Many of you will have something lined up for summer, an internship, work experience, volunteering, a vacation job or a working holiday perhaps? Before you head off to meet the challenge there a few things you can do to be prepared. Have you got the right outfits? Do you know what your dress code will be? Ask around and check you have a few outfits to get started. Do you … [read more...]


Please disturb examinations in progress

It’s oh so quiet, It’s oh so still, we’re all alone and so peaceful until… Well probably until the exams are over to be honest! There is a tense silence hanging over campus at the moment. A silence that can only mean one thing – exams have arrived. With students more interested in cramming than careers over the next few weeks why not take advantage of this lull if you’re a graduate? If you’re a recent UoM graduate (within the last 2 years) … [read more...]

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Advice for psychometric tests and assessment centres

Employers are all agree they want the best people for the job.  Employees who have the right skills, motivation & values are happy, more productive and stay longer. The company does better as a result  -  happy days! This is the goal of recruiters, how they get there differs. This is why there are so many differences in the types of applications, tests, and assessment methods. Employers will measure. Preferences: work preference tests, … [read more...]

LinkedIn: Use Alumni Search to connect with Manchester Graduates

This is a very useful post, courtesy of our colleague Suzanne Creeber. The Alumni Search tool will allow you to search all the profiles of all Manchester students and graduates on LinkedIn. Select My Network > Find Alumni from the menu options across the top of the page You can search Alumni profiles using the following criteria: Search the set of Alumni profiles using a key word Search for profiles between specific dates … [read more...]


Doing a PhD? Want experience in teaching? And elearning? Read on!

Manchester Leadership Programme is recruiting eTutors for 2016/17 The Manchester Leadership Programme is keen to hear from current PhD students who are interested in joining our pool of eTutors for 2016/17. eTutors are responsible for tutoring groups of approximately 25 undergraduate students, leading online discussion groups, conducting face-to-face tutorials and assessing students' work. Tutors are employed on a semester by semester basis … [read more...]

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33Sixty-Commonwealth Young Leaders

To rewrite Steve Jobs’ quote ‘Great things in the world are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.’ I had the opportunity to participate in the leadership programme- 33Sixty, alongside 99 aspiring young leaders across the Commonwealth, spreading from the rich diversity of South Africa and New Zealand, and, to the passion of Jamaica and Scotland. Each representative gathered into one room for a common purpose, a common wealth … [read more...]

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