Final Year Future Week is a weeklong programme of careers events, especially for final year students and recent graduates, of all disciplines and degree levels. The programme will run from Monday, 14 – Friday, 18 June 2021 and aims to help participants plan their first steps after university. The week will be packed with employer events, alumni panels and careers workshops.
All Final Year Future Week sessions will be held on Zoom, so you can join in wherever you are. You do not have to have your camera or microphone on unless the sessions are interactive, when you may be expected to have both these functions on for group work. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions in each of the sessions.
Monday, 14 June
11am-12pm – Where are All the Grad Jobs? Fact vs Fiction
Final Year Future Week kicks off with our keynote session about useful tools and resources you can use to maximise your graduate job search. Join in to find out how you can build an effective graduate job search strategy.
1-2pm – Tech Careers for Non-Tech Graduates
Meet three graduate employers within the technology sector who are keen to connect with final year students and graduates from non-tech degrees. Find out more about the sorts of jobs that are available and how to find them.
2-3pm – Tech Careers for STEM Graduates
This session is for final year students and graduates from STEM degrees. Hear from three graduate employers within the technology sector, who are keen to engage with students and graduates with a degree in a STEM-related subject.
3-4pm – Non-Linear Careers: The New Normal
Worried about making the wrong career choices? This event will introduce you to non-linear careers. You’ll find out about the benefits of portfolio career journeys and strategies to help you to reflect on what you want out of your first graduate job. You’ll also be guided through practical activities that you can do on your own during the session, to help you to work out how a non-linear career could benefit you.
Tuesday, 15 June
8.30-10am – Returning Home: Planning your Career Development
This session is especially for students and graduates who are planning to move, or have already returned, home after their degree. It aims to help you identify how far you are you in your career planning, and will help you to explore strategies and understand the options available to you.
11am-12pm – Healthcare Careers for Non-Healthcare Graduates
Interested in working within the healthcare sector but don’t have a healthcare-related degree? Learn about the variety of graduate opportunities within the sector and hear from three healthcare employers with graduate opportunities for students and graduates from non-medical and non-clinical related subjects.
1-2pm – Relocating as a New Graduate
Find out about how to look for more regional graduate roles and get tips from three alumni who moved to smaller cities or towns. The session will cover regional graduate job searches, relocating, finding house-shares and making new friends in a new area.
3-4pm Boosting your CV during your Graduate Job Hunt
It’s important to continue to boost your CV, employability and skills while you’re looking for graduate roles. Learn about the tools, techniques, and resources that you can use to gain experience, knowledge, and skills during your job hunt.
Wednesday, 16 June
9-10am – Making Applications with Confidence for those with a “Disability”, Health Condition and/or Mental Health Condition
The term “disability” includes a wide range of physical and mental health, learning difficulties or a diagnosis of neurodiversity. If you have little or no work experience due to your conditions(s), questions about how to present yourself positively, or queries about how to ask for adjustments in the workplace, this confidential session is for you.
11am-12pm – The First Month: Surviving and Thriving in your New Graduate Job
Find out more about preparing to enter the world of work. This session will be packed with tips on how to effectively transition from university to graduate work, advice on how to connect with colleagues remotely, and information on how to prepare for a changed working world. You’ll also have the chance to hear from three alumni panellists who have recently started their first graduate job remotely.
1-2.30pm – Careers Panel: Creative Manchester
Hear from a panel of employer and alumni speakers representing a range of creative industries across Greater Manchester. The panel will be discussing the opportunities within their industries and will provide tips and advice on how to find and secure work within the creative sector.
3-4pm – Conversation with Careers: New Graduate Q&A
Whether you know exactly what you want to do, have no idea, or feel overwhelmed when you think about the future, the Careers Service is here to help, now, and for two years after you complete your course. This session will introduce you to all the careers support and resources available to you as a recent graduate.
Thursday, 17 June
11am-3pm – Future Week Fair
Explore and meet with over 30 graduate recruiters, offering a range of opportunities and specifically targeting graduates from The University of Manchester. You will be able to book 1-to-1 slots to chat with individual exhibitors to ask specific questions about their opportunities or simply to find out more about what they are offering.
You must register to attend in advance via CareerConnect.
For top tips on having networking conversations, read our ultimate networking list.
You can also register for ‘Prepare for the Fair’ on Thursday, 10 June (2pm-3pm) to find out more about how you can confidently interact and network with employers during the Fair. Register for Prepare for the Fair here.
Friday, 18 June
11am-12pm – Graduate Guide to SMEs
You don’t have to work for a large corporate employer to kickstart your graduate career. Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or businesses also offer fantastic opportunities. This session will provide you with an understanding of the benefits of working for a smaller organisation, what an SME is, and the important role SMEs play in graduate careers.
12.30-2pm – MGT Employer Panel
Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) sources paid, graduate-level opportunities across a range of sectors in Greater Manchester, for 2020 and 2021 UoM graduates. Hear directly from MGT recruiters about what they are looking for in applicants, graduate opportunities, and why they want to hire graduates from UoM.
3-4pm Alumni Panel: Meet the MGTs
Find out more about MGT from the graduates who have started their careers through the programme! A panel of MGT alumni will be available to tell you more about their experience f MGT, how it has supported their career developed, and how they managed their transition from university to the world of work.