Written by Louise Croft, Student Engagement and Enterprise Assistant at the Careers Service
Leaving university and finding a graduate job can feel overwhelming, especially when faced with competitive job markets or feeling uncertain over what you’d like to do next. Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) can help with your grad job concerns.
MGT sources paid, graduate-level jobs exclusively for University of Manchester students graduating in 2021 and 2022. We offer positions in a range of organisations based within Greater Manchester including start-ups, multi-national firms plus many roles within the University.
I speak from experience, as I’m currently in an MGT role at the University. MGT has given me the opportunity to develop skills and launch my career. Read on to find out how MGT can help you kick-start your career.
My MGT Experience
After completing my Master’s in Arts Management, Policy and Practice in September 2021, I felt unsure about what to do next. I knew I wanted to build my professional skills in an engagement and marketing role. I was advised by a careers consultant to explore MGT roles on CareerConnect, and was excited to find a wide variety of positions.
The application process was simple; all I had to do was submit a CV and cover letter through CareerConnect. I had my interview a week later and was thrilled to be offered my current role as Student Engagement and Enterprise Assistant with the Careers Service.
Nearly six months into my role and I have already learnt so much! I have gained new skills such as creating graphic design content and newsletter campaigns. I have also developed skills I obtained from my degree; for example, I have used the written communication skills I gained from writing assignments and applied these to writing and editing marketing content. MGT has also helped me build a wealth of transferrable skills including teamwork, organisational and administrative skills.
My MGT role has also provided me with exciting opportunities such as being a panel member during online events, which really boosted my confidence in public speaking. As I work for the University, I’m also able to access training sessions for a range of skills including writing for the web and project management. These can be great for enhancing your knowledge, CV and applications.
Overall, my role has taught me a lot and given me a great platform to launch my career further. I also still have lots of exciting opportunities for experience and development on the horizon. Even though my MGT internship isn’t over yet, I already feel more prepared for my future career and positive about my options.
Here’s what other MGT interns gained from their experience:
“Through my MGT role, I was able to develop my skills in teamwork, planning, problem-solving and leadership. From leading my first team meeting to managing my first social media campaign, the role pushed me out my comfort zone – it challenged me in the best way possible so that, by the end of the internship, I felt that I’d grown professionally and developed my confidence as a marketer.” – Lydia, BA English Literature 2018, Marketing and Communications Intern.
“My MGT allowed me to gain more confidence within the world of work and develop skills that will be relevant when applying for future jobs. My role is quite flexible so I’m able to tailor it to what I’m passionate about and make it my own. Working at the University also means I can work on my professional development, as I can get involved with other services and activities I’m interested in that I feel will help me with my future career.” – Anam, BSc Psychology 2021, Student Wellbeing Assistant.
“My MGT taught me how to manage and plan projects, getting my organisational skills up to scratch. It developed my skills in communication as I was working with different teams across the university. This taught me how to work collaboratively, understanding the different ways people work together. This is now something I do a lot in my current role. I also developed my skills in marketing, content creation and using social media as a marketing tool.” – Kareem, BA English Literature and Linguistics 2018, Student Communications and Marketing Assistant.
To find out more about MGT and how to apply, visit our website and make sure to sign up to the MGT 2022 Facebook Group and Vacancy Bulletin to hear about new roles. The University of Manchester is a Disability Confident Employer meaning it offers applicants a guaranteed interview if they meet the minimum essential criteria.
If you’ve found an MGT role and you’re ready to apply, you can request feedback and tips on how to tailor your CV and cover letter to the job description from our MGT team. To request application advice, or for any MGT queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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