December news and updates for Masters students

December is the month of optimism.  Although the solstice on December 21st may be the shortest day of the year, it’s the gateway to better things – from then on, days only get longer and brighter (notice I didn’t say ‘sunnier’).

This has nothing to do with careers, but as a bit of fun, you can participate in the winter solstice in Orkney, an archipelago of islands off the far north coast of Scotland. Every year, local photographer Charles Tait, in partnership with Historic Scotland runs a web cam in Maeshowe, a prehistoric chambered cairn on Orkney’s West Mainland.  For a few days each midwinter, the sun shines directly through the cairn’s entrance passage, illuminating the cairn’s interior.

Whilst we’re on the topic, mid-winter is also a good time shed some light on your career options… file0001176305134

Essential Career Actions for December

Give yourself a pat on the back, take some time to wind down and celebrate (maybe with a trip to the Christmas markets?) as you’ve made it through the first semester of your Masters! The upcoming winter break is a good time to reflect on the past few months – take a look at what you’ve achieved and what’s gone well, and maybe what hasn’t gone quite to plan and how to change that in the new year.

The winter break is also the prime time to be thinking about your future, whatever stage you’re at. Whether you’re applying for graduate schemes, wondering what other jobs might be out there, or thinking of further study, we’ve got a graduate recruitment timetable that’ll give you the low down on essential actions to take this year, and when to take them.

View our essential actions 

Vacancy alert!

If you haven’t started looking for job opportunities (graduate scheme or otherwise) for after you finish your course, December is a very good time to start:

Careers Link – our very own ‘job shop’ for University of Manchester students

Targeted job searches and vacancy source by career area in the Careers Service Which Career? Section

Passport Career – for those looking for a career anywhere in the world.  Passport also runs helpful webinars on working internationally.

Knowing where to look for jobs is fine, but…“Help! I’m a Masters student – and I’m not sure what I want to do next.” 

If you don’t know what you want to do next, be reassured you are not alone.

This article by our Postgraduate Careers Manager, Elizabeth, is a fantastic place to get started with easy things you can reflect on to help you decide what direction your career could take after graduation:

It’s never too early to start preparing for interviews

If you missed the Career Essentials: Successful Interviews for Postgrads, you can find the slides here. If you prefer the face-to-face approach, a little elf has just produced some teaching space, so keep an eye out for more Careers Essentials sessions in early 2017.

Our ‘Interviews’ pages contain information, advice, practice materials and videos.

Some excellent general preparation advice.

…and advice for more specific types of interviews

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5 popular employer selection tests for students, and strategies for handling them!

Written by Amanda Conway, Careers Consultant

The keys of successYou open the email, it’s from the employer and (yes!) you’ve been invited for interview. But wait, you have to sit a test first? Is it time to panic, or are there any top tips for acing these tests and fast-tracking yourself onto the “selected” pile? We think so.

  1.  The “does your brain melt when the clock is ticking?” test

AKA: The verbal, numerical or logical reasoning tests

Still a firm favourite and used by over 70% of the major graduate employers, these tests explore how well you can reason with either written, numerical or diagrammatical data.

Our tips:

  • Don’t underestimate the impact that familiarity can have on your result. Whilst these tests are generally good at predicting future performance, they don’t account for you simply not being prepared to sit a test. Take a practice test and feel more comfortable with what follows.
  • Watch out if your basic maths is a bit rusty! Check out the free video tutorials on the basics of numeracy from percentages and ratios to exchange rates and beyond. Think “Year 11 type stuff”… nothing more.

Watch out for: The clock will be ticking, but don’t worry too much. Although you need to work quickly, you don’t usually have to finish all the questions to go through.

Best places to practice: Without a doubt, the Graduates First site is our number one go-to recommendation – you get over 20 different practice reasoning tests to try for free, video tutorials for numeracy and better-still, you can even find out what the right answers were and where you went wrong, too.

  1. The “how soon could we let you loose on our clients and customers?” test

AKA: The Situational Judgement Test

Relatively new, and yet increasingly popular, these tests are a “Do you know much about what this job really involves” test where you have to decide on your most (and least) preferred ways to respond in a series of scenarios.

Our tips:

  • Find out more about the job you are applying for – the skills sought and the qualities required. Job profiles on the organisation’s website or on prospects.ac.uk will help.
  • If you need a steer, perhaps think about the importance of customer focus, client care, professionalism, effective communication or taking action.
  • Doing nothing in a situation is often not a good strategy!
  • Take a look at the employer’s website and explore the values or behaviours they aspire to- this could give you a few more clues about what is important to them.

Watch out for: Think carefully over your least preferred option – it’s not just about selecting the most appropriate one. It’s also about being able to recognise how not to behave.

Best places to practice:  Beyond Graduates First, we would also recommend taking a look at Assessment Day.

  1. The “will others want to sit next to you?” test

AKA: The personality questionnaire

Only joking, of course they will. (Why wouldn’t they?) For many jobs and roles, organisations seek a diverse workforce who approach problems differently and bring in alternative perspectives. However, joking aside, for some roles employers find it useful to consider whether your typical approaches are appropriate for their jobs. For example, would you really want to see someone who is not particularly “rule conscious” serving in your police force or someone who doesn’t come across very confidently with new people in your lead sales role? Some jobs just utilise particular strengths more than others.

Our tips:

-Try to answer honestly and consistently – it’s about your future fit and happiness in a role after all.

– Have a go at some of the online questionnaires now, as they could give you a steer on jobs that may be a good fit for you.

– Try not to worry too much about these assessments. Firms often look more at extreme behaviours that would not be a good fit rather than only looking for the narrow profile of an ideal candidate. They will tend to use other indicators from your application or performance to inform their selection too.

Watch out for: Impression management scales are present in many tests to uncover whether you are trying to impress the employer. For example, have you really “always got on with everyone?”

Best places to practice: Graduates First has a personality assessment questionnaire that you can try out. Jobmi.com is also a great site for getting a sense of some of your strengths. 

  1. The “I am no longer a test, I am now a fun computer game” test

AKA: Pymetrics or Games-Based Assessments

New for this year, and being used by a few of the big names, these tests involve either short online rapid-response games like memorising number sequences, sharing winnings (or not), and responding to images, or playing longer interactive games. It’s not always easy to be sure what these tests are getting at but scoring could reflect how you approach problems, whether you plan ahead, your determination in the face of setbacks and your ability to stay focused. Testers stress the value of collecting data from these real-life in-game scenarios, as opposed to relying on how you say you would behave!

Our tips:

– Are you clear on the rules before you begin? Maybe worth reading one more time before you click start?

– Have you made sure you won’t be distracted mid-game? Are all your notifications switched off, is your battery fully charged on your device and have you been to the loo? (This may be one time you don’t want anyone tweeting you the latest “Fail” video or a shot of rabbit on a scooter)

Watch out for: Don’t try too hard to second guess what these games are looking for – different firms will have their own individual requirements from each game. You may choose to focus on making the most profit, for example, to show your commercial flair, when a game may actually be looking for your trust in others.

Best places to practice: www.pymetrics.com or www.arcticshores.com

  1. The “bet you wish you had kept that grammar text book” test!

AKA: Blended verbal reasoning test

The final test in our big five line-up is a new test for 2016, the Blended Verbal Reasoning Test, being used by a few financial services firms this year. Picture a blend of traditional verbal reasoning questions combined with ones about grammar, spelling, punctuation, choosing writing styles for different audiences and communication techniques.

Our tips:

  • Get the basics right and practise your verbal reasoning test taking, then take it up a notch by revisiting some of your old work on Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation. Just googling “Key stage 2 / 3 English Literacy” can help you to access sites like BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education, and IXL https://uk.ixl.com/
  • To help with professional versus informal communication styles you could compare the style of annual reports or executive summaries with the way organisations present themselves on social media or in the PR section of their websites. Comparing the written styles of the broadsheet newspapers to the tabloids is another strategy.

Watch out for: Although this one is a real newbie, with the stress employers are placing on accuracy and professionalism, this test could really take off.

Best places to practice: CAPP have kindly put some sample questions online at: http://practice.cappassessments.com/Vrt/VrtPage.html

Ready to click go?

So our run-down is complete and now it’s up to you. Get practising, pound the pages of Graduates First and other free practice testing sites and then go show them what you are made of!

www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/psychometric

November News and Updates for PGRs

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”  Cynthia Rylant

And what better food than food for thought? This month we’ve got career opportunities with Researchers in Schools and the Civil Service Fast Stream (but that’s not all, don’t forget to investigate CareersLink if you are interested in what might be on offer outside academia). You can also find out why a new online resource dealing with financial news is good for you (yes, you, too, over in the back on the left studying Victorian drama and you over on the right studying composite materials for aerospace applications…). And more…read on!

Researchers in Schools – a teacher training programme for people with PhDs

Researchers in Schools will be holding an information webinar in December.  Find out more about signing up by checking @ManPGCareers during the week of November 28th

Researchers in Schools offers PhDs a unique, fully salaried route into teaching tailored to their abilities, knowledge and experience. Through a bespoke programme blending classroom teaching and research opportunities, you’ll develop the skills to become a highly-effective classroom teacher, helping support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.

  • Pursue a three-year training and professional development programme placing you directly into a school to develop your teaching practice on the job.
  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status through a structured programme of observation and classroom teaching.
  • Undertake our Research Leader in Education Award, a professional qualification recognising excellence in research practice within schools.
  • Access bespoke training, supporting you to develop strong leadership skills and work towards the programme’s mission.
  • Receive one day per week off-timetable to pursue the programme’s wider aims: Deliver subject- and education-focused research and high-impact interventions in schools to boost attainment and promote university access.

Benefits include:

  • A highly competitive salary and benefits package with salary uplift for maths and physics teachers
  • Dedicated time off-timetable to pursue the Researchers in Schools aims and maintain a research profile
  • Minimum 11 weeks’ paid holiday

For more information and to apply, visit www.researchersinschools.org

Next application deadline 8th January 2017

Last chance to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream – applications are closing on the 30th of November

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/civil-service-fast-stream

You can find useful background information to help you apply on the Careers Service website, too.

 Read this even if you think you don’t need to!

(Commercial awareness made easy)

Commercial awareness is essential to every job, whether you are an academic, a teacher, working for a charity – and working for the Civil Service. (It’s also useful for being an engaged citizen).  Keeping up to date with financial and related news can feel overwhelming, especially for those who have little to no interest in business news.

Until now.

Finimize is a financial news service with a twist – it aims to help readers learn from the news. Items are presented under 3 headings:

  1. What’s going on here?
  2. What does this mean?
  3. Why should I care?

In their own words:

“Finimize is financial news for everyday people. We strive to demystify finance by making financial news easy to understand, succinct and relevant to our readers. By enhancing their financial literacy, we give our readers the ability to make more informed decisions when it comes to their own money.”

Sign up is free.

Do you know Which Career?

It’s surprising the number of PhDs that I meet who’ve never visited the Careers Service website (or know that we have one!).  Which is a shame, because there is a lot of useful stuff on it.

This month I want to highlight our Which Career? section.    For those who are unsure, open minded or absolutely mystified as to possible careers post-PhD, these pages give you the opportunity to explore different career areas from the comfort of your own desk/bed/bean bag chair/wherever.

What does a management consultant actually do?  (My top question from PhD students).

Can I use my language skills in a career outside of academia?

What about careers in libraries and archives?

Where can I put my social stats skills to work?

…and much much more.

3 Things to do before & after the Law Fair

Guest blog post written by Avni Devgan, Law student at the University of Manchester

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The Law Fair is now less than a week away and for those who are interested in attending it, here is a list of things you should do before and after the fair to get as much out of it as you can.

Before the Fair:

  1. Go through the list of exhibitors on the Careers Service website and try and get an idea of who you would be interested to interact with.
    Every organisation, firm and chamber has a different work ethos and demographic so make sure you’re making the most of your time by meeting the ones that match what you may be looking for now, or in the future. You don’t have to go on to every exhibitor’s website and scan all the information on it on to your memory. However, narrowing down what you’re looking for by choosing between organisations that are national or international, engage barristers or solicitors, sponsor work visas or do not sponsor them, fund your training or don’t, will help you gain some guidance to navigate your way through the fair. When you’ve got an idea of who you’d like to meet (or even if you don’t!), it’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions to take with you, such as how to get some work experience at the organisation, or about the work they’re engaged in.
  1. Pick up a Starting Point Guide for careers in law from the Careers Service (or view it online). 
    If you think you may be interested in a career in law, do your research and find out what positions and sectors suit you. From being a solicitor to a barrister, and even a CiLex, these guides offer a lot of information about what pathways to working in law are currently available and how you can prepare yourself to work in them. Knowing about these pathways will also aid you in narrowing down what you like, who you would like to meet at the Fair and what you would like to ask them.
    Starting Point Guides are available from The Careers Service, in the Atrium, University Place, or online here.
    Law for law students guide
    Law for non-law students guide
  1. Try and keep an open mind.
    The Fair is a place where you can learn about things you may not know by interacting with people representing different legal organisations engaged in different legal work. Coming to the Fair with preconceived notions about what may not suit you may result in you losing out an opportunity to discover a legal career you could be truly passionate about. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t research on firms and careers that you know will be interested in working in, but do try and think outside the box and interact with exhibitors who you may not have considered while doing that research.

After the Fair:

  1. Look for vacation schemes, mini-pupillage or any work experience related to the career pathway that interests you.
    If you’ve found something you think you would like to work in, look for some internships so you can experience what it would be like to work in that position or at that particular organisation. The exhibitors should have information on such internships and how you can apply for them, and they may also be advertised on CareersLink and websites such as TARGETjobs and Milkround.
  1. Book an appointment with the Careers Service for CV writing advice and interview practice.
    These appointments are extremely helpful as they help you to polish your CV and tailor it according to the internship you are applying for. Interview practice is a great way of knowing what you can expect out of interviews, and to prepare for them if you’ve gotten through the first round of internship applications.
  1. Research on whether you need to study further for the career you’re interested in pursuing.
    Studying at university is expensive and it is important that you know whether you need to undertake further studies for the career you’re interested in pursuing and if yes, how you can arrange the finances for it. Pick up a Starting Point Guide for the career you’re interested in from the Careers Service to know more about this, and then make an appointment for career advice to decide how you should plan for this period of study.

You can sign up for your free ticket in advance here, to avoid queueing on the day.

Also, make sure that you download the new Manchester Careers Fair app – it’s the digital fair guide to see which exhibitors are at the fair, where they are, and what opportunities they have available. Available now on the App Store and Google Play store.

I hope this helps and and that you have a great time at the Fair, good luck!

November News and Updates for Masters Students – focus on PhD funding

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”  Cynthia Rylant

And what better food than food for thought? There’s plenty of that in this month’s newsletter if you’re thinking about doing a PhD after you graduate, because it’s all about funding.

Important note This is just a getting started guide.  Applying  for PhD funding, especially in the Arts and Humanities, can be a messy, non-linear, discursive suite of tasks. Even if you are applying for a funded opportunity – more common in STEM subjects, it still requires a proactive approach and resilience along with good planning and organisation skills. Good written and verbal communication skills go without saying (but I thought I would say so anyways, just in case). The aim of this article is to point you in the direction of things to think about and to encourage you to talk to people – especially prospective supervisors or current PhD students for advice – but even then, taking action and making it happen is all up to you.

 Not sure if a PhD might be right for you – start with our Doing a PhD pages on the Careers Service website

Apply for a funded studentship

Normally, a studentship is when you carry out the research on an already formulated project that has been funded by one of the UK Research Councils: “Please do not apply for UK studentships on this site unless you qualify for UK Research Council funding or have access to funding from other sources. Funding for PhD studentships from UK Research Councils is available to UK citizens or those who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.”

  • Find out more from FindaPhD (includes advertisements for PhD opportunities).

Other places to find RCUK studentship opportunities:

Talk to academics and– one of the most effective ways of tracking down studentship opportunities

NB: Some studentships may be sponsored by non-RCUK funders, in these cases eligibility may be different. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR BEFORE APPLYING FOR FUNDING.  TALK TO PEOPLE IF YOU ARE NOT SURE.

University Scholarships and Bursaries

Most universities will set aside money so they can offer a number of scholarships to students who are accepted onto a course. Highly ranked universities usually offer the greatest number of this type of scholarships. The amount of money also depends of the scholarship.

Bursaries are different from scholarships as they take into account the financial need of the student. Bursaries usually range from £100 to £4,000. The sum of money may be deposited into the student’s bank account, so they can use it to pay for any university related expense they choose or the university may automatically deduct it from the tuition fees.

Funding opportunities at The University of Manchester

Not planning to do your PhD at Manchester?  Check what funding your target institution(s) offer.

When in doubt, Google

My search for “PhD scholarships for Nigerian students” came up with a range of funding options (although some of the results did include UG and PGT, there was still a reasonable amount to choose from).

Self-funding

Not easy, but highly satisfying.  It is messy, hard work and a route for the highly motivated who passionately love their subject and research.  Yours truly self-funded her PhD, and knows of several other successful self-funders, so she knows of what she speaks.

The University subscribes to The Alternative Funding Guide and you can find it here: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=21086  (needs your UoM login)

Many Postgraduate students fund their studies through working part-time, opportunities may be available in the local area or at your University. It may be possible to earn money teaching or as a research assistant where you are studying. Under the scheme, research postgraduates receive direct payment or a waiver of fees in return for undertaking teaching or research duties.  Postgraduate students may also be able to apply for pastoral roles in Halls of Residence, although this may not be possible at every institution.

How about an online searchable database of all sorts of charities and grants, called Turn2Us?

It’s not aimed at students or education particularly, but covers all sorts of grants. There are many categories, but try starting with “Studying (16+)” or head straight to the “Grants Search”.

It’s worth ticking any religious affiliations, health issues, or different family circumstances which apply to you, as some trusts were set up with terms which only allow them to give out grants to people who are, for example, from the Clan Forsyth or the Buchanan Family. Funds are also available to vegetarians, and there are some available to those from overseas residing in the UK.  Definitely worth a try!

Studying overseas?

Start with the advice on FindaPhD 

Talk to PhDs in your department about how they funded their PhDs

Considering postgraduate study? Dates for your diary

Are you thinking about furthering your studies with a postgraduate degree? You may be considering further study to develop your subject expertise, demonstrate intellectual independence or to acquire a qualification to help you on your way to your dream job – but it can be difficult to know where to start.rgb_uom_careers_lock_ups_the_academic-01

Whether you’re an undergraduate student thinking about what you want to do next, a master’s student considering carrying on to complete a Doctorate or you’re even thinking of returning to education after working for a few years, now is the time to start planning ahead for next September. You may be just starting to consider options, or you may know exactly what you want to study at – we have a few dates for your diary that may help you to make up your mind.

At The Careers Service, we organise the Postgraduate Study Fair in mid-November each year, which is attended by many different universities and institutions all with postgraduate opportunities. But you may also have heard about The University of Manchester’s postgraduate taught and research open days, which are also held in November, featuring opportunities at our university. While there is no harm in going along to all three, it can be quite time consuming. So I’ve written this blog post to give an overview of each and help you decide which one is right for you.

The Postgraduate Study Fair, Wednesday 16 November 2016 

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Our very own Postgraduate Study Fair is your chance to plan your next steps by meeting with representatives from over 90 institutions, all offering courses and further training for September 2017. This is ideal if you’re not sure where you want to study!

Open to students and graduates from any university, institutions from throughout the UK and overseas will be represented, offering hundreds of postgraduate course places. You will also have the opportunity to speak to advisory bodies such as FindAMasters.com, FindAPhD.com, US-UK Fulbright Commission and many more.

The fair provides the perfect opportunity for you to make personal contact with a range of institutions and get a feel for the courses or universities that would suit you – without needing to visit each one individually. You can register your interest in a particular university, or attend a talk to receive expert advice on topics such as funding, teacher training, and what postgraduate study is really like.

More information, including a full list of exhibitors is available on the website.

To book your place: register online

We also have a Facebook event which you can join to stay up-to-date with what’s planned for the day.

 

If you are considering postgraduate study at The University of Manchester and you have already identified some courses or areas of study that interest you, then our two upcoming postgraduate open days, both on University campus, may be for you.

Postgraduate Research Programmes Open Day, Wednesday 2 November 2016

A postgraduate research degree allows you to demonstrate intellectual independence in a particular area at doctoral level, and to contribute to the University’s thriving research culture. Some programmes may involve a taught element, or specific training in research skills; others may focus on interdisciplinary research, or involve a research partnership with another institution or external organisation. Whatever your subject of interest, this Open Day will give you an insight into the broad range of postgraduate research opportunities we have.

You will also have the opportunity to speak to a variety of staff about the many aspects of postgraduate research study and meet some of our current research students. While a master’s degree is often required for entry onto a PhD programme, it may be possible for you to progress directly with an undergraduate degree – come along to learn more about the vast range of courses we have to offer and to find out what your options are.

To book your place: register online.

A full open day programme is available on the website.

Postgraduate Taught Programmes Open Day, Wednesday 23 November 2016

The Postgraduate Taught Programmes Open Day is your opportunity to learn more about the vast range of master’s-level courses that the University has to offer, and how you can continue to make use of the skills you’ve developed during your undergraduate degree.

You will get a flavour of what life as a postgraduate taught student at The University of Manchester is really like. As well as the chance to speak to a variety of staff about the many aspects of postgraduate study, you’ll also be able to meet representatives from some of our key student services, tour our campus, learning facilities and accommodation and meet some of our current master’s students.

In the afternoon, our academic Schools will lead sessions relating to your subject area, where both admissions and teaching staff will be available to answer your queries about the course(s) that you’re interested in. Further information about our postgraduate research programmes can be found on the University website.

To book your place: register online.

A full open day programme is available on the website.

If you have any questions about either of our Open Days, contact the Postgraduate Team at pg-admissions@manchester.ac.uk

 

Of course, The Careers Service will be represented at all three of these events. We’ll be on hand to discuss how we can support you in securing the top jobs in industry and academia. Hope this has helped clear up what’s what with postgraduate study events, and don’t forget you can always drop in to the Atrium or get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Slides for Becoming an Academic

Thank’s to everyone who came along to the second running of this Career Essential’s session, and great contributions and discussion!  If you are in FSE, keep an eye out for a full day workshop on Planning an Academic Career and Academic CVs (with lunch in the middle) coming to a location near you in March 2017.

The slides are here: becoming-an-academic-2016-web-version

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Slides for Job-hunting for Postgrads

Thanks to everyone for coming along to the last session in the Career Essentials series! And many apologies for running over time (Simon Building Lecture Theatre C and I don’t seem to suit each other very well, it seems).

Here are the slides from the session: job-hunting-strategies-2016.Find Job

October News and Updates for PhD Students

Turning leaves…

…leaves of books, leaves of trees, leaves of a new or continuing life in Manchester.apple

While the rest of the world is winding down for the year – “the nights are drawing in” – here at the University of Manchester, we’re just getting into the swing of things: the excitement of a new academic year and all of the challenge, enjoyment and possibility that comes with new beginnings.

With so much to do and see and plan for the coming months, you probably don’t want to think too much about what you’ll be doing this time next year.  Or even the year after.

If your future seems like a big thing to tackle all at once, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are simple things you can do from time to time to make the task of thinking about you career easier and enjoyable:
1.    Curious about a type of job or organisation but just not sure? Meeting people doing the work can help clear up uncertainty. There are career-related events every week on campus
2.    Read (and try the suggestion) 1 easy (but very useful) thing you could do today to prepare for life after graduation
3.    “But I don’t know what I want to do!”  If that sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone – and the Careers Service can help. Start with our handy publication “I don’t know what I want to do” for reassurances, ideas, inspiration and actions

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”   Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

What we do for PhDs

Think the Careers Service is just for undergrads or people who know what they want to do? We’re not.  Find out “10 (and a bit ) things that PhD students need to know about the Careers Service

Not sure where to start?

Our year by year guide to doctoral study will help you reflect, plan and support career conversations with your supervisors and peers.

Planning an academic career? Or not sure yet?

Then our award winning website, An Academic Career is a good place to start.

Are you an international student?

Don’t miss these webinars. Designed and delivered just for you by Noeleen Hammond-Jones, International Careers Consultant. And don’t forget to use the information and advice for international students on our website

Dedicated support for Humanities PhDs

The SALC Graduate School and the Careers Service have joined forces to make it even easier for all Humanities PGRs to access careers support – including drop-in guidance appointments: bit.ly/2e1JuOO

How to find out about jobs, events, opportunities and PGR career news

Register with CareersLink, our vacancy and events database. We advertised over 10 000 jobs last year. There are also hundreds (if not thousands) of events on campus every year.  Don’t miss opportunities to learn about sectors such as the media; charity; justice, crime, and social work.  You can also find out information thousands of employers. A CareersLink account also gives you access to practice psychometric tests…and more.

Join Darcey, Elizabeth and other careers colleagues on @ManPGCareers to find out about events, opportunities, news – and just get to know us.

The Man Uni Careers blog abounds with articles to help you manage and develop your career. Some useful posts for PhDs include:

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The Art/Science* of Academic Networking
Are you putting off dealing with procrastination?
Where are all the Science jobs?
Personalise your Linkedin emails

And for international students, the International blog has:
Making the most of your time in Manchester
A great one for preparing for the fair – Approaching Employers – the dos and don’ts 
International jobs on CareersLink
… as well as useful posts on visa regulations, employer visits and more.

Slides for Interviews for Postgrads

Thank you to everyone who attended today’s session – it was nice to see new faces and some returners!  Again, I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions to the session – it makes it more helpful and interesting for other participants – and me!

Here is a no frills PDF of today’s session Career Essentials: Interviews for Postgraduates: interviews-dfg-2016-web-version

scenicrouteDon’t miss the final Career Essentials session tomorrow:

Career Essentials: Job hunting for Postgraduates
October 20th 2016 – 1pm – 2pm
Simon Building Lecture Theatre C
Learn to manage your job hunt productively by examining the importance of having a strategy and take away practical activities to help you develop your own.

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