Events in March – your chance to meet people and find out more

Journalism eventThe sun shining through the office window has made me think about Spring and some of the great events we have coming up before Easter. I know it’s only a few weeks until the Easter vacation starts, but there are lots of opportunities for you to find out more about different sectors and job roles at some of the events lined up.

The events are a great way to speak to people and ask them questions which you might not find the answers to in brochures and on websites.  Representatives from different organisations will be coming to events and will be able to talk to you about the type of work they do, how they got into their role and much more.  As most of the events are information events rather than recruitment fairs, they are a great way to find out what it is really like to work in a specific job. The people there won’t necessarily be recruiters so they might not be able to answer questions about how many people they’re recruiting, but they will give you an honest insight into their work and their route into the sector they work in.

The events we have coming up are all listed in CareersLink – so you can login at www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink and you’ll be able to find out more about them and register to attend. Make sure to register in advance if you can, so that we can email a reminder and update you if there are changes to the event.  In the next few weeks, make sure not to miss:

  • Getting into International Development, Wednesday 6 March 1.30-5pm: This is an annual event we run with great speakers from organisations working in the international development sector including Mines Advisory Group and British Red Cross. There’s a keynote address from someone working at the Department for International Development (DfID) and a chance to network with professionals to hear about their experiences. Register now to secure your place.
  • Careers in the Environmental Sector, Wednesday 13 March 1-5pm: This is your chance to meet representatives from a number of organisations working in the environmental sector – from public, private and voluntary organisations who are working in a wide range of roles including energy management, law, compliance and community work to name a few! You’ll have the chance to network and ask questions to them about routes into the sector, what work experience is important, what you can do while at university to help you stand out and much more.  Full details and registration is on CareersLink.
  • Media Club: Writing for Film and TV, Monday 11 March 5.15-6.30pm: A great chance to hear from a Manchester graduate about their career writing for film and TV and also to discuss ways to get into this type of work. You need to register as the room has limited space.
  • Insight into Broadcasting and Journalism, Monday 25 March 9am-5pm: This one day course is a chance to gain some hands on experience in broadcasting or journalism. You’ll work on a full day case study as part of a group in either TV, radio or print/online specialisms alongside guest tutors who are media professionals. There’s a charge for taking part but it’s just to cover the cost of fees, materials, lunch and refreshments. You need to complete an application form and bring it to Careers along with your payment. Full details and the applciation form are on the Media Club webpage.

As well as these more information or practical advice sessions, we’ve got a number of employer events in the next few weeks which may be of interest. These are either presentations or skills sessions where you can find out more about a specific employer and the recruitment process at their organisation.  You’ll need to register in CareersLink to attend these too:

  • Sopra Group Graduate Info Session, Thursday 28 February 6-7pm: Sopra are a leading European consulting and IT services organisation. The event at University Place is a chance to find out about the range of work they carry out and how to apply to work for them. It’s tonight so not technically March and it may be a little short-notice – apologies for that!
  • Teach First Ignite! STEM Workshop, Monday 4 March 12-2pm: Your chance to find out more about Teach First and their Leadership Development Programme. It’s specifically for students with Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degree or A-levels. You need to sign up via Teach First and the contact details are on the event advert in CareersLink.
  • Sales Careers Skills Sessions led by Clear Path Company, Wednesday 6 March 12-2pm: A chance to find out what a career in sales involves and to dispel some of the myths. Students from any discipline or year are encouraged to attend to find out if sales is for you.
  •  Mock Assessment Centre skills session led by CIMA, Thursday 14 March 12-2pm : This session will be run by representatives from CIMA and will give you an understanding of what to expect at an assessment centre. It will include some activities used at assessment centres so you can have some practice before the real thing.

There’s loads more events on CareersLink so you can login to view the calendar or search by keyword/name if you’re looking for something specific. Hope you’ll find the events useful as they can be a great way to find out more from people in the role or sector you’re interested rather than just having to read information on a website!

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