Graduation: top tricks for life after university

Written by Callum McAvan, Student Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Careers Service

It’s that time of year again –graduation! The time of year that holds the most potential for dominating Instagram feeds with cap throwing boomerangs and proud paragraphs of (well deserved) self-praise. However, once all of the ceremonies are over and the bottles of prosecco popped, your future should be at the fore and that’s where we can help.

Here are some of our top tips for making the most of your career after University:

Link up with opportunities

The University’s careers hub – CareersLink – is an absolute must for anybody who is just graduating. Why? Not only are there over a thousand job opportunities advertised at any one time, but there’s something for everyone, from a marketing internship in Hong Kong to engineering work in Greater Manchester.

If you’re not sure about what your next step is, or you feel stuck when it comes to writing up that stellar CV, worry not! You can book advice appointments with our Careers Consultants on CareersLink too, and whether in person, over the phone or via Skype, their advice and support can be a welcome boost in your job search.

Make connections, expand your network

When it comes to maximising your career potential, getting or perfecting your LinkedIn account is the best way forward. It’s quick, it’s easy and if done right, it can quite literally lead to you finding yourself in a job you love (or at least quite like). Chances are, you already engage with social media on a near daily basis, and LinkedIn is no different, beyond the focus on professionalism. Sign up, complete your profile, make connections and you never know, it could lead to an opportunity you’d have never come across otherwise.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for advice from University alumni, then our very own Manchester Network is just a click away, and well worth your time.

Join us at My Future Festival

In February, we’re launching our very first My Future Festival! Two weeks of events to improve your employability, enhance your career skills and showcase some great opportunities available to you. This includes The Fair, our headline event, on 17th February 2020 which will be host to over 50 different employers and institutions who all want University of Manchester graduates. This is a great opportunity to network, meet recruiters and find out about amazing graduate roles.

Save the date, it’s not one to miss!

Make the most of our service

We’re available to you for a whole two years after you’ve finished your course, and we’re only a call, email or hop, skip and a jump away. Whether you’re still in Manchester following your graduation or you’re in another country altogether, our support is available to you.

And whilst we’ve got your attention, feel free to take a look at our Graduate microsite, which can give you some great steps to making your time after University a success!

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