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 simple things you can do from time to time to make the task of thinking about you career easier and enjoyable:
1. Curious about a type of job or organisation but just not sure? Meeting people doing the work can help clear up uncertainty. There are career-related events every week on campus
2. Read (and try the suggestion) 1 easy (but very useful) thing you could do today to prepare for life after graduation
3. “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
“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
What we do for PhDs
Think the Careers Service is just for undergrads or people who know what they want to do? We’re not. Find out “10 (and a bit ) things that PhD students need to know about the Careers Service”
Not sure where to start?
Our year by year guide to doctoral study will help you reflect, plan and support career conversations with your supervisors and peers.
Planning an academic career? Or not sure yet?
Then our award winning website, An Academic Career is a good place to start.
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
Dedicated support for Humanities PhDs
The SALC Graduate School and the Careers Service have joined forces to make it even easier for all Humanities PGRs to access careers support – including drop-in guidance appointments: bit.ly
How to find out about jobs, events, opportunities and PGR career news
Register with CareersLink, our vacancy and events database. We advertised over 10 000 jobs last year. There are also hundreds (if not thousands) of events on campus every year. Don’t miss opportunities to learn about sectors such as the media; charity; justice, crime, and social work. You can also find out information thousands of employers. A CareersLink account also gives you access to practice psychometric tests…and more.
Join Darcey, Elizabeth and other careers colleagues on @ManPGCareers to find out about events, opportunities, news – and just get to know us.
The Man Uni Careers blog abounds with articles to help you manage and develop your career. Some useful posts for PhDs include:
Making the most of Manchester for Postgraduates: Getting better at connecting
The Art/Science* of Academic Networking
Are you putting off dealing with procrastination?
Where are all the Science jobs?
Personalise your Linkedin emails
And for international students, the International blog has:
Making the most of your time in Manchester
A great one for preparing for the fair – Approaching Employers – the dos and don’ts
International jobs on CareersLink
… as well as useful posts on visa regulations, employer visits and more.