Written by Zofia Rozalska, Student Engagement Consultant at the Careers Service
In your final year of study and wondering ‘What next?’
It’s totally fine to feel overwhelmed with the amount of important decisions you have to make in your final year. So we’ve come up with a handy checklist that will hopefully help you take things one step at a time.
- Get started with LinkedIn
Add a LinkedIn profile, keep it updated and join professional groups. It’s a great way to make yourself visible to potential employers and make connections with people you already know. Plus you can use the search to connect with alumni around the globe for insight and guidance. More tips on LinkedIn here.
- Browse through CareersLink
Use the service to search for job vacancies and set-up email alerts for new opportunities. You can find anything from part time jobs, internships, work experience, graduate jobs and voluntary opportunities. Some vacancies are even exclusive for Manchester graduates!
- Talk to the Careers Service
Whether you are just getting started thinking about your future or have some clear ideas, we can help. Come visit us for a one to one appointment to discuss your career ideas and plans. Can’t come in person? Phone or Skype guidance appointments are available as well.
- Prepare for interviews
Got an interview coming up? We can help! From 1-1 help with preparation and practice to interview simulations, there’s a wealth of resources available to help you build your confidence.
- Attend a Careers event
Looking for jobs or just want to browse? There are plenty of events held every week to cater to your needs. They are a great opportunity to meet people from the organisation and ask any questions you have. There are also workshops and interactive training sessions where you can practice skills for assessment centres or find out about a job from the people who do them.
Most importantly, don’t stress. Take one action at a time and make small changes to set yourself up for success. And remember, it’s not too late to start now.