Make your Easter vacation count – start planning your future


If you are thinking ‘What am I going to do after university?’ or perhaps ‘What am I going to do this summer?’ It is never too early to start planning ahead. Whether you are in your first year, penultimate year or about to graduate, it is definitely a good time to prioritise exploring what you want to do. As a well-known Latin phrase says CARPE DIEM, which means in other words, seize the day!

As a University of Manchester student, the Careers Service can provide you with the support and advice to explore options and much more, check out the Careers Website or pop in and contact us in The Atrium in University Place.

To get you started, here are some thoughts and ideas:

I have really no idea what I want to do for the future?

Where do I start looking for jobs or internships?

I have an interview but unsure how to prepare?

What else can I do over the Easter vacation to help with my future plans?

  • Thinks about who you know that works in the career area that interests you, it may be family, friends, ex-colleagues or other contacts. See if you can arrange a chat to talk about what the career or job involves to help you decide if this is what you want to do. (Read our Getting Conntected guide about the importance of building a network of contacts).
  • Arrange some work shadowing for a day or a few days volunteering within the area that interests you. This will give you an idea of what happens on a daily basis, the culture and work expectations etc.
  • Make a plan of action of what you need to do over the next Summer term to work towards finding an internship or graduate job, or to explore your career options. Look at our Getting Started section and use the CareersKickstart questionnaire to help your plan of action. Don’t leave it to the last minute, plan realistically around your study and revision commitments!

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