About the Postgraduate Careers Blog

What’s this blog all about?
Want to keep up-to-date with the news?
Isn’t there another Manchester Postgraduate Careers Blog?
Who am I?
Why am I writing this?
Got something you want to publicise to our postgrads?

What’s this blog all about ?

  • Pretty well does what the title says – it’s the chance to talk to University of Manchester postgraduates (or anyone else reading the blog) about things which could help your career.
  • The posts are designed to either add new information about postgraduate careers issues, or draw your attention to vacancies, events etc which may be of use to postgrads. Just occasionally I reserve the right to blog about stuff which isn’t really careers. Just ignore these posts if you’re not interested – I promise I’ll be back to careers in the next post.
  • You want up to the moment news updates? Keep an eye on our Twitter feed, @ManPGCareers – the latest tweets are also displayed in the side bar of this blog. When I hear of info which might be of use to you, I decide whether to “blog or tweet”. If it’s urgent, or I don’t have much more to say other than give you a nod and a link, or if I just don’t have time to blog that day, I’ll tweet the info. In particular, I’ve started using this for vacancies – I’m occasionally notified directly of vacancies with very short  deadlines aimed at postgrads, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Important note – links to vacancies and some of our events are likely to need you to log in as a University of Manchester student, graduate or postgraduate to view them (sorry to anyone not in these categories). If you’re one of our recent alumni, you can still get access to this info through CareersLink.
  • This is not an official University of Manchester blog, and all views expressed here are my own (though I’m pretty uncontroversial and “on message” so don’t expect anything too juicy here…)

Want to keep up to date with the news?

  • The great thing about blogs is that you can ask for any new items to be sent to you, rather than you having to visit the blog.
  • For those of you who know about feeds, there is a WordPress feed for just the postgraduate posts, or you can get a feed for all our posts.
  • For those of you who really can’t be doing with all this feed stuff, you’re very welcome to subscribe by email using the button on the right hand side-bar. This subscribes you to all the feeds on this blog, which you can get sent to you daily or weekly, in html or plain text format. We are also investigating an alternative service for those who only want the postgraduate posts sent by email.
  • Even if you set up a feed of the main blog or subscribe by e-mail, you won’t get the most up-to-the-minute news included – that’s what you get with our @ManPGCareers Twitter feed. (Don’t worry – I have a second “professional” twitter account, and yet another personal account, so you won’t be getting thrilling details of life as a careers consultant, or links to my holiday pics…)

Isn’t there another Manchester Postgraduate Careers Blog?

  • Yes – it’s our old Postgraduate Careers Blog! This was started four years ago and has built up a large following and an extensive library of posts – which is why you’ll probably still find it appearing in search engines. However, many of these posts are now out of date, so although I’m leaving the old blog active for the moment, I’ll be taking some of the old posts which are still relevant, updating them and adding them to this new blog.

Who am I ?

  • I’m Elizabeth Wilkinson and I work for The University of Manchester in the Careers and Employability Division (ie the Careers Service) as Head of Postgraduate Career Development.
  • I look after our strategy for supporting postgraduate careers – keeping my colleagues up to speed with all things postgraduate and making sure we all realise that “postgrads are not scary” (well, some of you are, but most of you are delightful to work with).
  • In  a former life, I used to be
    • a “chemistry-with-maths” graduate.
    • a software engineer (grungeing around writing communications control software in assembler code in the dark ages of microprocessor control software).
    • a graduate recruitment manager (recruiting other unsuspecting new grads to write all that machine code that bored me senseless).
    • a Personnel Manager in the hi-tech polymer industry.
    • a Production Manager (in charge of a manufacturing unit, making high performance cables).
    • and finally, jumped from the corporate ship and re-invented myself as a careers consultant at this university – finally found the job I could do till I retire (or get kicked out).

Why am I writing this?

  • Because this is a quick and easy way to get careers information to our postgraduates.
  • Because I can get your feedback through comments made on this blog (do comment – we love it when you talk to us.)
  • Because in spite of the fact that writing code makes me lose the will to live, I love using new technology, and we’ve now reached the point where anyone can get stuff on the web without having to understand how it gets there. Why not have a go yourself?

Got something you want to publicise to our postgrads?

  • Vacancies – naturally we’re delighted to publicise these for you, for free (see also our vacancy advertising policy and services we can offer to recruitment agencies). To get the best coverage, please register for a CareersLink account. This will allow you to upload your vacancies, get your vacancy listed on our CareersLink database, will be searchable on-line by all our students and graduates, and once accepted, will be automatically e-mailed out to all students and graduates who have asked to be notified of vacancies of that type. I don’t normally blog about specific vacancies but I do send out occasional tweets highlighting vacancies suitable for our postgrads – try tweeting me @ManPGCareers.
  • Other events or news for postgrads – again, very keen to help. I’m not planning to “cut and paste” screeds of advertising blurb directly into the blog, so if there’s a link to your own information that would be the most useful way to get your message across.
  • Got something you want emailed to our postgrads, or a lovely pdf with info about your event or vacancy?
    Er, afraid we can’t help you there. We don’t send out unsolicited e-mails to students (it’s university policy not to send our students what they would see as spam). It’s also hard for us to summarise a document in a 140 character tweet! However, if you’ve got your pdf or event info on the web somewhere, just let us know and there’s far more chance that we’ll be able to tweet it or add an update to our Facebook groups (we have groups for most of our subjects).

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