Whether you’ve just arrived in Manchester to start your first year, or are returning for your second, third or final year after the summer break, we can help you make the most of your time here and help you land a job for when you leave!
So how can we help you?
Exploring your options
We run a number of events throughout the year which can help you get an insight into a variety of industries and hear from people who do these jobs first hand. Search for events on CareersLink, log in using your university username and password: www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink
Work experience, whether it’s a part-time job, volunteering, an internship, work shadowing or getting involved in student societies, is vital to helping you get a job after you graduate! We offer a range of support and advice about work experience on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/workexperience and we advertise hundreds of part-time and work experience vacancies on CareersLink: www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink
Applications and Interviews
We offer advice and guidance on applications and interview whether for full-time graduate jobs, part-time work, work experience or for further study.
A good application will get you noticed and get you through to the important interview stage! We offer a range of advice on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/applications or you can come in for a 15 minute quick query appointment and get your application checked by an expert: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/services/quickquery
Interviews are usually the final hurdle between you and a job! Don’t let your nerves get the better of you, and make sure you’re prepared. We offer practice interviews and have a range of advice on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/services/practiceinterviews/
Want to boost your employability and earn credits at the same time? We offer two accredited modules, Career Management Skills which is largely delivered by employers so you can find out first hand the skills they are looking for: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/employable/modules/ and the Manchester Leadership Programme, which combines volunteering with academic study around leadership www.manchester.ac.uk/mlp
n.b. I’m just posting this article. Many thanks to our colleague Jamie Bytheway for writing this post for us before moving on to pastures new.
Two years after graduating with a degree in Politics from University of Salford I found myself still there, working in the library. I re-shelved books, got involved with projects and helped with student enquiries. Forced out in the big wide world when my project funding was cut I started temping as a Clerical Assistant in the HR Department of an engineering company. Demonstrating that I was enthusiastic and prepared to get stuck into anything thrown at me, saw a 12 week temp placement become a 2 year job full of opportunities. I learned employment law, how to recruit and even got involved in setting up a new business site in Dublin. Realising I wanted to develop my career in HR I found a role at University of Manchester initially as a Recruitment Assistant and then, in order to undertake a wider variety of tasks, as HR Assistant. I discovered a talent for training and jumped at the opportunity to undertake a placement in the Staff Training Unit to develop these skills. After 9 years in HR and training roles, the post of Careers Consultant seemed the perfect mix of using my HR/Recruitment experience and my interest in learning and development activities to support students as they find their own way into the world of work.