The University of Manchester Careers Service and Alumni Office recently held a joint event in The Atrium, University Place with 8 Alumni and over 60 international students. Students met with alumni at different stages of their career who were able to offer advice and guidance and had the opportunity to ask them about their individual career paths.
Students were put into groups eight, and had 10 minutes with each alumnus before moving onto the next alumni and repeating the process. The event operated smoothly and the venue offered a great space for everyone to meet.
Networking is a great way to get personal insights and a good way to start deciding on a career path. Hearing others’ experiences and making contacts with people in the area you’re interested in is beneficial in making career choices. Students were encouraged to talk to as many people as possible from a variety of roles and consider talking to people from a different background to broaden their options and insights.
After everyone met they had the opportunity to network with alumni staff, careers staff and the alumni volunteers over drinks and nibbles. Our students were asked at the end of the night to write a thank you to our alumni for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come and share their experience and expertise and the response was overwhelming. Feedback after the event is excellent and we plan to run another event next semester with more alumni form a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend our dedicated international events, and to find out more information and what is on offer visit our webpages www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/international
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