There are still opportunities available including in Manchester as well as other places.
Always keep checking CareersLink as your first starting point as a University of Manchester student. There are still options available not to be missed!
Here are a few points to consider with your current job search:
How are you searching for work experience?
- Where are you looking? How many different sources are you checking to find jobs?
**For example, local/national job websites, local newspapers, social media, CareersLink, friends and family etc
- If you discover one source, then are you checking all similar sources?
**For example, if you are looking for work experience in a school, are you checking all the schools in your area for possible work experience.
- Are you looking where jobs are advertised for the industry area that interests you?
**Check out our Which Career? Section which gives key information and links for different industries including industry related journals, professional organisations and specialist recruitment agencies.
- Have you researched companies of interest and thought of applying speculatively?
**Check out our Covering Letter guide for advice on making speculative applications.
- Do you know anybody that may know of any available opportunities this summer? Do they work or know someone who works in a company or role that interests you?
**Check out our Getting Connected guide for ideas on approaching people for possible work.
- Would you consider work shadowing or volunteering in the job that interests you for a short time? This could be combined alongside another summer job to support yourself.
**Your experience may also provide you with the opportunity to develop contacts with people for further paid work experience or jobs in the future.
**Check out our Get experience and skills section for more ideas on gaining more skills and experience.
How are you applying for jobs?
- Are you tailoring your CV or application to the skills and experience needed for the job?
- Tailoring your CV or application will give it focus, shows your effort to give attention to the detail including how your skills and experience match the job criteria.
- Tailoring make it easier for the employer to find the skills and experience quickly
**Check out our CV, Cover Letter and Application Form guides for more detailed advice.
- Are you being clear and consistent in formatting your CV? Is it easy to scan through and find information?
- Are you under selling your skills and making statements without providing evidence of how you demonstrated the skill?
- Are you being succinct in your writing style or including unnecessary information? Check out the CAR principle in our Application Form guide.
- Are you giving yourself enough time to complete the application or CV without rushing it?
- Are you using the support available to check the application’s content and tailoring?
- Are you giving attention to presentation, formatting checking spelling, grammar and asking a friend to proof read it?
Are you prepared to be flexible and consider other options?
- Look more broadly in your area of interest. Is there any related work experience?
**For example, if you want to be an investment banker or accountant, would you consider other finance related roles?
- Have you considered smaller or less well-known companies that could offer you work in what you want to do?
- Are you willing to travel further or go away to a new location for your work experience?
**Check if you have any family or friends in other locations in the country to stay with while on your internship.
- Would you consider work experience outside your area of interest that would still allow you to develop skills that you need for your career?
**All roles develop your skills and experience and in most part can be transferable to demonstrate your skills to employers for other roles.
**Perhaps there are internships and work experience that would develop some of the skills for the job you want but in an area you have never considered?