October News and Updates for Masters Students

Turning leaves…


…leaves of books, leaves of trees, leaves of a new or continuing life in Manchester. While the rest of the world is winding down for the year – “the nights are drawing in” – here at the University of Manchester, we’re just getting into the swing of things: the excitement of a new academic year and all of the challenge, enjoyment and possibility that comes with new beginnings.

With so much to do and see and plan for the coming months, you probably don’t want to think too much about what you’ll be doing this time next year.  Or even the year after.   If your future seems like a big thing to tackle all at once, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are a few simple things you can do now to help prepare for a smooth transition after your Masters:

1.    Read our advice on Planning Your Master’s Year
2.    There are career-related events every week on campus
3.    Read (and try the suggestion) 1 easy (but very useful) thing you could do today to prepare for life after graduation
4.    Read 10 (and a bit) Things Every Master’s  Student Should Know About the Careers Service
5.    “But I don’t know what I want to do!”  If that sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone – and the Careers Service can help. Start with our handy publication “I don’t know what I want to do” for reassurances, ideas, inspiration and actions

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thinking of doing a PhD?

Although PhD opportunities in many disciplines are advertised all year round, Autumn is key time of year for fully funded studentships. Key websites for PhD opportunities in the UK include:

www.findaphd.com also includes good advice on finding, choosing, applying, funding and other PhD related topics
and Careers Link

Talk to academics sooner rather than later about the possibilities of doing a PhD and potential sources of funding.  If you are finding it hard to decide if a PhD is right for you, right now, a discussion with an academic(s) or with with a careers consultant might help.  PhD supervisors report that the interview is often the weakest part of candidate’s application process.  If you have a PhD interview coming up and are feeling a little rusty on the interview skills, consider booking an interview simulation.

Find out about jobs, events and other opportunities …

…by making sure you have a CareersLink account
_dsc1719Register with CareersLink, our job vacancy and events database where you can find out about all the inspiring things happening across campus. We hold hundreds (if not thousands) of events every year, so don’t miss out on opportunities to learn about sectors such as the media, charity, justice, crime and social work, and find out how a Physics degree can be used for careers in maths and engineering, for example! Last year we advertised over 10,000 jobs on CareersLink, and there’s also loads of information on thousands of employers. A CareersLink account will give you access to practice psychometric testing too, and so much more.

Are you an international student?

Don’t miss these webinars. Designed and delivered just for you by Noeleen Hammond-Jones, International Careers Consultant. And don’t forget to use the information and advice for international students on our website.

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