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What are the ways of staying in the UK as an International Student?

Today I was asked what are the ways I can stay in the UK as an international student? Here are all the ways I know but see our website for more details as well as an immigration lawyer!!!!! Bear in mind this is a general overview of your options with visas and not meant as visa advice. Seek professional advice. 1. Take on further study and stay on a Tier 4 visa 2. If you progress to a PhD you can request from the university a 12 month … [read more...]

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December news and updates for Masters students

December is the month of optimism.  Although the solstice on December 21st may be the shortest day of the year, it’s the gateway to better things – from then on, days only get longer and brighter (notice I didn’t say ‘sunnier’). This has nothing to do with careers, but as a bit of fun, you can participate in the winter solstice in Orkney, an archipelago of islands off the far north coast of Scotland. Every year, local photographer Charles Tait, … [read more...]

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5 popular employer selection tests for students, and strategies for handling them!

Written by Amanda Conway, Careers Consultant You open the email, it’s from the employer and (yes!) you’ve been invited for interview. But wait, you have to sit a test first? Is it time to panic, or are there any top tips for acing these tests and fast-tracking yourself onto the “selected” pile? We think so.  The “does your brain melt when the clock is ticking?” test AKA: The verbal, numerical or logical reasoning tests Still a firm … [read more...]

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November News and Updates for PGRs

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”  Cynthia Rylant And what better food than food for thought? This month we've got career opportunities with Researchers in Schools and the Civil Service Fast Stream (but that's not all, … [read more...]

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Presentations – My Recent Experience and Top Tips

By Hannah Watson It's that time of year when you may be getting called to assessment centres and interviews. What if someone asks you to give a presentation? In my Psychology degree I didn’t deliver presentations often. In three years I gave two presentations as part of coursework modules to a few classmates and tutors. A year later, in my MGP role at the Careers Service, the day arrived - I was asked to create and deliver an hour long … [read more...]

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3 Things to do before & after the Law Fair

Guest blog post written by Avni Devgan, Law student at the University of Manchester The Law Fair is now less than a week away and for those who are interested in attending it, here is a list of things you should do before and after the fair to get as much out of it as you can. Before the Fair: Go through the list of exhibitors on the Careers Service website and try and get an idea of who you would be interested to interact with. Every … [read more...]

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November News and Updates for Masters Students – focus on PhD funding

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”  Cynthia Rylant And what better food than food for thought? There’s plenty of that in this month’s newsletter if you’re thinking about doing a PhD after you graduate, because it’s all about … [read more...]

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How to prepare for interview success.

Whether you have had an interview before or not it's always nerve racking when you get the call / email inviting you to come along.  The more you want the job the more daunting it feels! Interviews can be: Competency based, Strength based, Technical, By Phone, Video or Skype, Panel, 1-1, a chat over a coffee or incredibly formal. There are lots of different ways to interview but essentially the employer is always looking for the same … [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...]

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Internships; a competitive advantage

Guest blog post written by Todd Davies, Computer Science graduate from The University of Manchester Imagine an opportunity where you spend a summer travelling around, meeting amazing, clever and inspiring people on a daily basis, get to work on interesting and impactful projects, yet all the while getting paid for your trouble. In case you hadn't guessed from the title of the post, I’m talking about internships. On being asked to write a post … [read more...]

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Considering postgraduate study? Dates for your diary

Are you thinking about furthering your studies with a postgraduate degree? You may be considering further study to develop your subject expertise, demonstrate intellectual independence or to acquire a qualification to help you on your way to your dream job - but it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether you’re an undergraduate student thinking about what you want to do next, a master’s student considering carrying on to complete a … [read more...]

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The 1 page vs 2 page CV / resume dilemma. What should my CV look like?

In the UK the normal format for a CV is 2 pages.  There are some good reasons to use this format but we know there are also some exceptions. Why use a 2 page CV? Most employers will expect it. It gives you enough space to effectively talk about your skills. If you have a lot of experience you have space to convey this. Mainly the reverse chronological CV is used because it is easy to read, create and update. Sometimes a skills based CV may … [read more...]

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Slides for Becoming an Academic

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...]

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Slides for Job-hunting for Postgrads

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...]

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October News and Updates for PhD Students

Turning leaves… …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...]

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Slides for Interviews for Postgrads

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...]

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Where are all the science jobs?

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...]

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Slides for Covering Letter Basics for Postgrads

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...]

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October News and Updates for Masters Students

Turning leaves… ...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...]

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My career in Digital Marketing. UoM Graduate Amy tells her story

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...]

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So you’re not going to the Big Careers Fair?

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...]

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Slides for CV Basics for Postgraduates

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...]

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Do you want to work in or out of the lab? Things you need to know with a bio/life science degree – FAQs

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...]

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Making the Most of Manchester for Postgraduates: Getting Better at Connecting

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...]

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Careers Support for Humanities PhDs

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...]

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Graduate entry to medicine (GEM) 5 top tips

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...]

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My experiences of Ambitious Futures: A graduate scheme for university leadership

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...]

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Popular career options for UoM students. Your questions answered

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...]

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Some simple steps to calm the final year flusters.

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...]

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Calling all Humanities students who don’t know what they want to do after Uni….!

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...]

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