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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...]

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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...]

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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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How to write a CV to use at a job fair

These are the 2 most commonly asked questions: Should I take a CV to a careers / job fair? What do I put on my CV? Firstly not all job fairs are the same Summer / graduate careers fairs: Recruiters at these fairs are looking for candidates to start work almost immediately for graduate entry level jobs or in some cases summer internships.  They are more likely to consider a CV as an initial method of application. (You may still have to apply … [read more...]

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Why do you want to work for us and other tricky questions

Q. Why do you want to work for us? It's implicit isn't it that if I take the trouble to send a CV off or fill in your overly complicated application form OBVIOUSLY I want this job.  Why on earth are you asking me this question? Actually it's a really good question that measures your motivation and understanding.  Have you just seen a job and banged out a CV or do you really want to work for them and understand what they do? So what is the … [read more...]

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Using recruitment agencies to find work.

Recruitment agencies can be a really useful way of finding work, both full-time graduate positions and temporary positions. There are lots of different types of recruitment agencies, covering a range of different industries and the level of support they offer varies. Jobs board websites Many popular jobs websites (or ones that you may have heard of) such as Milkround and Target Jobs act as jobs boards advertising lots of different vacancies in … [read more...]


Understand your learning styles: Know your strengths and weaknesses

If you are doing an undergraduate degree straight from school or college you may not have had much opportunity to think about how you learn and what works best for you. Nor will you have had much of a chance to do anything about it, exams have to be done thus swotting up has to happen. I knew I was bad at exams and always found it hard to learn something by wrote especially if it wasn't something practical.  When I chose a postgraduate degree I … [read more...]


Academic careers: Insights from the Principal Investigator Role

Some wise reflections from our Edinburgh colleague (part of a great team who organised a fantastic conference), Dr Sharon Maguire, on last week's AGCAS conference 'Supporting the transitions of research students and staff’. … [read more...]

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Why we all need feedback

If you are yet to be convinced of the value of feedback both for improving your performance and saving yourself time and energy, here are five good reasons to seek someone else’s thoughts on how you are doing.   Feedback gives you something unique We are all different with our own perspectives on life, so getting feedback from others will allow you to uncover different views to your own and take that broader perspective. You don’t have to … [read more...]


From Old Trafford Kiosk Attendant to University Admin Assistant: Presenting part-time jobs on your CV

From guest writer and former Careers Service MGP, Jenny Sloan. So you've managed to bag a few hours every week working in an administrative post in an office? That's fantastic, you've got essential office-based work experience that employers value so highly! But what if, like the majority of the working student body, you're slaving away in a cafe, shop or bar at the weekends or holidays? Part-time work is essential in order for most of us to be … [read more...]


What’s it like working for a small business or SME? UoM economics Alumnus Tom tells his story

If you're debating whether to work for a big corporate or a smaller organisation often called an SME (Small to Medium Size company) Tom has tried it out and has some advice. So what do you do at the moment Tom? My current role is Head of IT and Reporting at Click Travel. Click Travel is a business travel management company based in Birmingham and highly technology oriented, with our own team of in house software engineers and travel experts. So … [read more...]

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How my “wrong” experience was actually just right…

It's not uncommon to meet dejected-looking students coming to The Careers Service filled with anxiety that they don't have "relevant" experience or the "right" experience to put on their CVs in order to apply for jobs in their final year. If this is a concern you share too then fear not - it can be easily remedied. And not by changing your experience, but by changing your attitude towards experience itself. Whether you tended a desk at a large … [read more...]

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