March Newsletter for Masters students

The clocks spring ahead, the days are longer and (a little) warmer, the nature is waking up from its long winter’s slumber – and the job market is coming alive; make sure you don’t miss out on some great opportunities this Spring, these are detailed below.

If you’re not sure what you want to do, Spring is a good time to practice a little daydreaming – occupational daydreaming:

Morgan, J.I., & Skovholt, T.M. (1977). Using inner experience. Fantasy and daydreams in career counseling.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 5, 391-397

Do your daydreams contain thoughts, images, or feelings about work? Morgan and Skoholt (and subsequent work) indicates that daydreams are an important part of planning and managing our careers.  Make a record of how work and career appear in your daydreams – can you tease out any clues or patterns? Alternatively, try and visualise in as much detail as possible your ideal day at work: What are you doing? What’s the environment like? The people you work with? Where are you living?

What not to miss:

Manchester Graduate Talent

MGT helps source paid graduate-level jobs exclusively for University of Manchester students graduating in 2017. We work with a range of organisations based in Greater Manchester, from start-ups to multi-national firms, plus recruiters within the University. MGT vacancies cover a variety of sectors and a wide range of roles. They include both fixed-term contracts and permanent positions.

http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/graduatejobs/mgt/

The Grad Fair 2017

Thursday 4 May 2017 10:30am – 4:00pm
The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester

Coming soon to Manchester – The Grad Fair is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment fairs. On the day, you will be able to meet with over 140 exhibitors offering thousands of graduate opportunities including:

• Grad schemes
• Local and national vacancies with immediate start dates
• Internships and summer positions
• Work, teach and study abroad programmes
• Postgrad and further study courses

No matter what you study, if you’re graduating this summer The Grad Fair will have something for you.

http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/events/gradfair/

It’s not too late for a PhD.

As we went to press, 4 515 opportunities all over the world were being advertised on Find a PhD: https://www.findaphd.com/search/    You can also find opportunities on www.jobs.ac.uk .

Do you need career goals or are they a waste of time?

track-mistI saw this article  saying career goals are a waste of time, while it was written from the point of view of someone with a job, I think it does hold some truths.

First it really depends on the type of person you are whether you are motivated by goals at all.

If you regularly set yourself targets and deadlines and never stick to them, (diets and exam revision spring to mind at this time of year) then perhaps this is not what your mind needs to motivate it. For some people having a goal is too rigid they need to keep options open.

Is your goal possible to achieve?

Giving yourself an impossible or improbable goal just makes it easy to give up on or fail.   We have all seen celebrities achieve ridiculous bikini bodies in 3 weeks – but just ask their personal trainers what they had to do to achieve it. Most of us mere mortals don’t have the time and money!

If you are a current student maybe your goal is to get some experience this summer or find a job when you graduate?  When you put it this way it doesn’t seem too unreasonable but add in other people’s expectations and misinformation about what you need to do and when and it starts looking much harder.

Students often come to us saying I must get an internship, or I need to find a job in the next 3 weeks. After a little unpacking of the issues it’s usually not quite so black and white. There are plenty of great opportunities for work experience that are not called internships and they tend to be advertised all year round.

Why not ask people with more experience what is reasonable to achieve with what level of effort.

Do you need a career goal?

As ever it depends; on what you want to achieve and if you have a clear idea of what that will take.  If you are on a vocational career path – law, engineering, teaching, etc then there are some clear milestones to achieve your goal. BUT sometimes even then the how and the when can differ for individuals.

If you are making your own goals… I want to be a XXX or earning £££ by the time I’m 25. Ask yourself a few questions:  What exactly are you basing this on?
How firmly held is this goal?  Have you researched it?
What have you done so far to achieve it?
Have you set milestones and decision points where you can reassess and change direction if needed? 

It’s perfectly fine not to know what you want to do in some dim and distant future, indeed it allows for a great deal of flexibility which can be a very useful thing.  Many people take opportunities as they come along, follow a path for a while and then change direction. The reasons for taking those decisions at those points may be due to personal circumstances or simply taking advantage of an opportunity. Serendipity!

Make the most of now

To make sure you are ready to make a plan or seize an opportunity:

  • Know yourself – what are you good at and what motivates you
  • Know your skills and where the gaps are.
  • Get out and try new activities to challenge yourself
  • Take opportunities to meet new people and build relationships
  • Explore ideas and options

You don’t have to commit to anything right now, just be ready to try things out if they come up.

For more about career planning or not planning read our guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your cool this Christmas

So that’s it, semester one is almost over and many of you are getting ready to head home (or elsewhere) for the winter break. Whether you’re a first year student that’s just made it through your first ever semester at uni, or a seasoned postgrad that knows these winter breaks like the back of your hand, there can be so much going on at this time of year that your future career probably won’t be at the front of your mind. Which is fine… you’ve got your upcoming exams or dissertation to tackle while smiling politely through family dinners and social occasions. Until that dreaded question comes up: what are your plans after university? What do you want to do with your degree?

Cue awkward silence, followed by a muttered response about travelling the world, being snapped up by a major company in London or finally writing that best-selling book.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in hating that moment – whether you know what you want to do with your future or not. I graduated over four years ago and still get irrationally annoyed whenever someone asks about my career plans. So I thought I’d share my top tips on dealing with this social anxiety and being that cool, calm and collected person with everything under control.

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High quality decorations in the Careers Service office: Rodney the Reindeer

What to tell the family this Christmas

Friends and family are bound to ask about what you’ve been up to this semester and what you plan to do next. To handle this question like a pro, I have three tips:

  • Don’t be scared to say that you don’t know what you want to do yet. Many people don’t – so many that we have a whole webpage dedicated to just that. There is no shame in spending some time to work out what you enjoy and deciding what might be right for you.
  • Even if you’ve spent the semester enjoying yourself and making friends, fact is you WILL have developed your skills. It doesn’t matter how you acquired them – are you a better communicator now that you’ve worked with (or maybe even had a few clashes with) people from very different backgrounds to yourself? Have you learnt about time management the hard way, having left your work until the last minute? Don’t panic about what you’ve not done, but focus on what you have achieved. Use these skills as a starting point.
  • Rejection is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to deal with a set back and turn it into something positive is one of the best lessons you can learn. So don’t fret if you didn’t get that job you wanted; pick yourself up and keep going. If you need further inspiration, check out these celebs, all of whom were rejected before making it big.

Socialising, socialising, socialising

There are so many social events at this time of year, it can be exhausting. And don’t worry, I’m not going to say “any event is a networking opportunity”. You should enjoy yourself and switch off sometimes. But I will say this:

  • Be honest about what you are thinking about for your future. You may find that friends and family have suggestions to help you out – maybe by putting you in touch with someone useful. No pressure.
  • By all means, have fun, but be aware of what you’re sharing on social media. Are you tagged in any pictures on Facebook that an employer may not look favourably upon? Are there photos on your Instagram that you wouldn’t want a potential boss to see? Here are some tips on managing your digital footprint.
  • If you’re exhausted from being sociable in real life, why not spend a bit of time on your professional profile online? Join LinkedIn if you haven’t done already, and put some time into creating a great profile. Get started here.

Don’t freak out about being “last minute”

Got friends that have already secured an internship for the summer, or landed that grad scheme? That competitive panic can creep in….but it’s all part of the plan, right? Remember that:

  • Yes, many of the graduate schemes with big companies close in October/November. But these schemes only account for a small proportion of the UK job market. There will be graduate level jobs advertised all year round – especially in the education sector, media, arts, charities and smaller companies. Look at employers that you might not know much about. There is plenty of time to find the right opportunity for you.
  • There are still summer internships out there – just search on CareersLink for those still advertising. Alternatively, our Summer Experiences Internships programme, in which second year undergrads take an internship either within the Uni or a not-for-profit organisation, is not even open for summer 2017 yet. So nothing to worry about yet, is there?

Exams & Dissertations

Feeling stressed about having to do some work and revision over the winter break? Try to keep on top of things while you’re away from uni to prevent too much stress when you’re back. Here are a couple of things to help:

  • Exam support workshops in AGLC every day between Monday 9 and Friday 20 January. Check out what we’re offering here.
  • While you’re not on campus, remember that the University provides a wealth of online resources to help with things from assignments, dissertations, presentations, or, well, anything really! Search for what you’re after here. I guarantee there will be something to help.

So that’s it for my tips for being in control over your winter break. Of course I have other tips, like don’t eat a full packet of mince pies in one go (speaking from experience, you won’t feel great afterwards). Don’t spend all of your money on overpriced mulled wines (ditto). But above anything else, have a great break and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Popular career options for UoM students. Your questions answered

back-to-schoolIn Semester 1 it all kicks off: The search for internships, graduate schemes and your future career direction.  Each year we get some interesting and quirky career options that students want to pursue (running an airline, circus performer…) but we also get some familiar favourites.

So here are the things you need to know about the most frequently asked about career areas.

file00013111606305 Top Tips for Getting into International Development

10 things you need to know about starting a career in Human Resources

10 things you need to know about starting a career as a Solicitor or Barrister

So you want to work in the media? Top 3 tips

Interested in investment banking seven tips on getting in.

10 Things You Need to Know about Law Careers with a non-Law Degree

5 things you need to know about starting a career in marketing

Interested in Management Consulting? Seven tips on getting in

So you’re considering teaching? 5 Top tips on what you need to know 

Graduate entry into medicine top 5 tips

Want to know more, or find out about different careers no problem, check out our website.

Some simple steps to calm the final year flusters.

I am certain that a lot of graduates will agree with me when I say that the final year of your degree is full of blood sweat and tears (metaphorically speaking that is). It is the year that you pull your socks up, knuckle down and really give it your all so that when June comes around and you put on your graduation gown you are filled with pride. But, as if final years didn’t have enough to stress about with their degree, there is a certain ominous 7 word sentence which plagues the mind of a lot of students. That is…

thelma     What am I going to do next?

*Runs away quickly*

Fear not final years, these 7 words don’t have to fill you with fear and stress. There are tons of things you can be doing to address this question early on in the year so that when June comes around you have some positive thought-out options, rather than a dark abyss of uncertainty.

The first thing to note is that just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, it’s unlikely that you will wake up one day with your career path planned out. If you don’t know what you want to do then it’s a good idea to take some steps early on which may lead you in the right direction.

  • Instead of focussing on the things that you don’t know, try writing a list of things that you like and dislike. It might be as simple as ‘I like engaging with people’, ‘I don’t like working in a lab’, ‘I like the Friday feeling’. Narrowing down your tastes can drastically help your job search. If you like the idea of the Friday feeling then perhaps a 9-5 job may suit you more than one where you will have to work weekends.
  • Another good move is to start reflecting on yourself and thinking about what skills you have. If you are not an international student this may seems a bit weird to you as it goes against all British customs to actually praise yourself about an attribute you have (?!). But starting to think about yourself in a positive way can help you work out what sort of sectors may suit you and where your talents may be able to flourish. If self-reflection seems too alien to you then ask your family and friends as they may be able to give you an insight into what you’re good at (a far more British way of dealing with it).
  • Network, network, network. Whenever you’re faced with an opportunity to talk to a professional then go for it. You never know, if you decide in April that banking is the career for you, you’ll be grateful that you charmed Jane from Barclays at the Big Careers Fair back in October. Speaking to people is absolutely the best way to find out information about a specific sector and may even lead you onto some work experience if you’re lucky.

Alternatively, if you don’t like the idea of reflecting on yourself quite yet why not try doing a bit of volunteering or getting a part time job? Exposing yourself to new environments may be just the push you need to help you explore different paths for the future. Remember though that you will have a lot of work on at uni, so don’t burn yourself out by working part time too much!

You see, there really is no need to tremble at the knees when your relatives bombard you with questions about the future during your trip home for Christmas. The world really is your oyster, so get cracking on breaking open the shell and getting on track to finding an absolute pearl of a job.

By Cecily Rooney

 

 

Calling all Humanities students who don’t know what they want to do after Uni….!

Lost and Confused SignpostHave you had That Conversation, yet? The one that goes something like:

‘So! What are you going to do when you’ve finished Uni’

  • I don’t know, yet

‘You don’t know yet? I see’

  • No, I don’t know yet

‘Well, have you got any ideas?’

  • Well, some. But no, not really. I’m waiting until I’ve got my final year out of the way then think about it’

Hmmm…. If you are familiar with this or similar conversations, or quite simply have no idea what your plans might be after graduation, then remember this – it’s perfectly ok and you are in good company alongside thousands of other students. We have however arranged an amazing week of activities directly aimed to help you. Hoorrahs all round as we introduce ….

‘I Don’t Know What I Want to Do!’ Week

OR IDK WEEK (for short. We like to keep things simple)

Monday 10 October to Friday 14 October 2016

Pop this week in your diary right NOW. It’s a whole week of workshops, chats and drop-ins especially for our students who feel they don’t know where to start, where to look, who to ask … or just need some help getting started. Just choose which ones might help you most – I’ve listed them all below. They are really very useful – useful for ALL degree disciplines, ALL years, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate. It’s that good.

We decided to run this week after we spoke to a whole bunch of Humanities students, and discovered that so many students didn’t take the first step because they felt it was too ‘big’ and that there was little support for them. And this troubled us. For example, we heard things like:

‘I don’t know where to start’

  • (that’s fine, thousands of students don’t either. We can help you start!)

‘But isn’t the Careers Service for when you know what to do?’

  • (no way. We are really good at getting you started if you don’t know what you want to do)

‘I really should know by now, but don’t’

  • (it’s never ever too late. Really)

‘All my housemates seem to be sorted’

  • (hmmmm. Even if they are, which they may not be, there is no time limit)

So, have a scoot at the bag of IDK booty below.

Every day of that week we have a ‘Short ‘n’ Sweet’ Lunchtime session (1-2pm) and you can reserve a place by logging on to Careerslink. Every day, we also have an afternoon of live online chat – accessed here. Just log on and email us your queries. We are also at the Little Careers Fair … Read on and book in. Bring a friend who you know is also unsure of the next steps. It’s nice to share.

 MONDAY OCTOBER 10

  • 5 Things You Can Do After You Graduate: Short ‘n’ Sweet Lunchtime Session with some ideas on options after the final year. Travel, work experience, volunteering, professional internships, and lots more you may not have even considered. 1pm – 2pm University Place, Room 5.206
  • Live Online Chat: Careers Consultant, Delia will be online all afternoon (2pm – 4pm) to answer any queries/concerns you have and to get you started. Just log on and type your question.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 11

  • 5 Reasons Not To Panic if You Don’t Know What to Do: Short ‘n’ Sweet Lunchtime Session with reassuring reasons why it’s all going to be well, and practical steps to making sure you feel confident in exploring some career ideas.   1pm – 2pm  University Place, Room 5.206
  • Live Online Chat: Careers Consultant, Louise will be online all afternoon (2pm – 4pm) to answer any queries/concerns you have and get you started. Just log on and type your question

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12

  • Little Careers Fair from 10am to 4pm at Academy 2: We are there all day, so look out for our banner which you will know by the IDK logo. For all details see LINK. Pop in, anytime, with any query or question or to have a general chat about careers stuff. Don’t leave us sitting there with nothing to do – it’s embarrassing. It’s also a good time to browse around employers, find out what they all do. Ask us anything at anytime.
  • Live Online Chat: If you can’t make it to the Fair, then Careers Consultant Emma with be chatting from 2pm to 4pm. Just log on and type your question

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13

  • Personality Psychometric tests: Demystifying psychometric tests, this session explains some basics and guides you through what they are and how to navigate them. 12-1pm Room 2.4, Roscoe
  • 5 steps to decide what to do next: Short ‘n’ Sweet Lunchtime Session exploring why making career decisions seems difficult, and how these steps will make decision-making easier. 1-2pm  Room  G6,  Humanities Bridgeford Street
  • Live Online Chat: Careers Consultant, Bernie will be online pretty much all afternoon (2pm – 4pm) to answer any queries you have and get you started, signpost you to resources. Just log on and type your question

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14

  • 5 Steps to Get Work Experience: Some handy signposts to where you can find all work experience, paid, volunteer, vacation work, part-time and professional internships. 1pm – 2pm Room 1.010, Roscoe
  • Live Online Chat: Careers Consultant, Helen will be online pretty much all afternoon (2pm – 4pm) to answer any queries you have and get you started, signpost you to resources. Just log on and type your question

We are very keen to meet you – so please come and discuss whatever is on your mind about what you might like to do after graduation.

 

                   

 

 

Interested in Management Consulting? Seven tips on getting in

Image converted using ifftoanyManagement consultants are specialists who help organisations maximise their growth or improve business performance. They are called in to deal with difficult challenges the organisation is having difficulty solving themselves, or where they want a new approach. This makes management consultancy an interesting career for those who love problem solving, innovation and varied challenges. It has a mystique which attracts many graduates, which makes it a very competitive career to get into. Here are our tips for beating the odds.

  1. Do your homework

Understanding as much as you can about the industry can help you be seen as focused, well informed about the work, and make a better impression on applications and in interviews. A great place to start your research is the Management Consulting careers page on our website.

  1. Consider what specialism/s you’re interested in

‘Management Consulting’ is a broad term covering many areas of specialism, for example strategy, technology, human resources, economics. So become familiar with the different types and try to work out which area/s you find most appealing.

  1. Make contacts

Meet people working in consulting to help you gain knowledge, and find out about opportunities. Check out the events listed in CareersLink for opportunities to meet and talk to these firms.  For example, on 13th Oct (5-7pm) there’s Meet The Professionals: Finance and Consulting – where you can meet employers and alumni. The Big Careers Fair (Day 1, 18th Oct) typically attracts a number of consulting firms, and this year firms including Accenture, Deloitte, Mercer, Capco and PwC will be there.

You can apply to be matched with a mentor working in management consulting,  which can be a great way to gain inside knowledge and advice. Read about the Manchester Gold mentoring scheme for more details.

You can also use the LinkedIn alumni search as a great tool to find where previous Manchester graduates now work – useful for finding potential contacts in niche firms you can’t meet on campus. Get some great LinkedIn tips on our website about how to use it effectively, and how to make new contacts.

  1. Get relevant work experience

Consulting related experience will really help you stand out and reassure potential employers you have the right stuff. If you’re in your first year, check if any firms offer ‘Spring Internships’ or ‘Spring Insights’ which help you gain some understanding of the industry. In your second year, you should be applying for summer internships. Check the advice on the internships section of our website.

You can also join the Consulting Society, a group of like-minded fellow students who organise events for students interested in a career in consulting.

Another great way to experience working in project teams is to join Enactus, a student led organisation which uses the entrepreneurial skills of students to make positive change in communities.

  1. Consider: Is it for me?

Management Consultancy can seem appealing but it’s not all glamorous – it’s really hard work. Someone once told me that in management consulting, at times you could strike lucky and for your new project be jetting off to Madrid, but equally you could find yourself working out of a portacabin along the M4 Motorway. You go where the client is, and you have to roll up your sleeves and get on with it. Hours can be very long – you’re there to deliver results and approaching project deadlines the pressure can be intense. You are likely to travel a lot and live out of a suitcase for periods of time, so consider if that suits you and the lifestyle you want. In addition, there are the academic grades – most employers will want a minimum of a 2:1 and excellent UCAS points. 

  1. Get interested in business

Management Consultants are by nature business problem solvers. You don’t have to study a business related degree, though exposure to business concepts can be helpful. A good tip is to start following business news stories and become curious about what’s happening in different industries. If a business is underperforming, what might be causing this? What has happened in the wider industry or region which might have impacted on this? What ways out of this situation can people see?

  1. Apply early

Management Consulting internships and graduate schemes open for applications early, sometimes even in late summer before the start of the academic year. Sometimes jobs are advertised in spring, but these are rarer so plan to make applications in autumn and allow time – they take a lot of effort and only a great application will make the grade. There’s lots of applications advice on the website to get you started.

Interested in Investment Banking? Seven tips on getting in

Roll of moneyInvestment banks help organisations, individuals and governments to raise capital, often by investing in the financial markets or selling shares. They also provide other services to organisations, for example performing large mergers and acquisitions. Investment banking is a very popular area with graduates looking for a challenging career and high financial rewards, however combined with that there is a great deal of competition for places

  1. Do your homework. Understanding as much as you can about the industry can help you be seen as focused, well informed about the work, and make a better impression on applications and in interviews. A great place to start your research is the Finance careers section on our website. You can also join societies like MUTIS (Manchester University Trading and Investment Society), who a group of like-minded fellow students who organise events and training for students interested in a career in investment banking.
  2. Make contacts. Meet people working in investment banking to help you gain knowledge, and find out about opportunities. Check out the events listed in CareersLink for opportunities to meet and talk to these firms. For example, on 13th Oct (5-7pm) there’s Meet The Professionals: Finance and Consulting – where you can meet employers and alumni. The Big Careers Fair (Day 1, 18th Oct 2016) typically attracts a number of banks and other finance firms, for example Barclays, BNY Mellon, HSBC, Maven, and JLL.
    You can apply to be matched with a mentor working in investment banking, which can be a great way to gain inside knowledge and advice. Read about the Manchester Gold mentoring scheme for more details. You can also use the LinkedIn alumni search as a great tool to find where previous Manchester graduates now work – useful for finding potential contacts in niche firms you can’t meet on campus. Get some great LinkedIn tips on our website about how to use it effectively, and how to make new contacts.
  3. Be clear on the area that interests you most, and why. There are what can seem a bewildering array of roles in investment banking, and employers will expect you to understand what area interests you and why. Following the tips above will help you to do this, as the guides often point out what qualities are required for each role, and the kind of person it might suit. For example, someone who is more introverted, methodical, very good at analysis and understanding detail might be more suited to working in compliance more than trading. A great guide to help you with this is the Unofficial Guide to banking.
  4. Academic grades are very important. Most investment banks will look for a minimum 2:1 degree and approximately 320 UCAS points. If you can demonstrate that you can achieve this, you are highly unlikely to be successful. Banks receive huge numbers of applications, and can afford to select only those that meet their very high standards. Be aware that your first year grades will also be important – if you’re applying for an internship in your second year, these will be used as evidence of the grade you could achieve in your final degree result.
  5. Get work experience as early as possible. Gaining investment banking related experience is very important and will really help you get your foot in the door when competing for graduate positions. If you’re in your first year, some firms offer ‘Spring Internships’ or ‘Spring Insights’ which help you gain some understanding of the industry. In your second year, you should be applying for summer internships. Check the advice on the internships section of our website.
  6. Get interested in finance and how it works. You don’t have to study finance to work in investment banking, but gaining some knowledge of how finance works is important. You could start with following finance and investments news on the BBC website and other media, before working up the Financial Times. Websites like Investopedia have some useful guides to help you understand the terminology used in finance and banking.
  7. Apply early. Investment Banks open for applications early, and some will close before the end of October. Make your applications as early as you can and allow time – they take a lot of effort and only a great application will make the grade. There’s lots of applications advice on the website to get you started.

 

So you want to work in the media? Top 3 tips

  1. RunnerExplore roles and find out what’s right for you
    Working in the media is a popular career choice for many students and graduates.  The most common reason is that they’ve been inspired by something they read, watched on TV or heard on the radio, and would like a creative role such as journalist, television researcher, radio presenter and so on.However, in practice, these represent only a small selection of the jobs that people do in the media.  There are dozens more that aren’t very well known about, from audience research, production management, set designer through to finance roles, artist liaison and so on.  To learn more about the different jobs available, look on the creative skillset website and see what captures your interest.
  2. Get experience
    Regardless of the area of the media, and role that interests you, you’ll need to build relevant experience.  While you’re studying, a great way to do this is by getting involved in student media.  You’ll find information of what’s on offer on the student union website    or you can call into the student media office in the student union and find out that way.A good starting point for finding out about working in the media, looking for experience and so on, is the Careers Service website   You can also use our online vacancy service CareersLink  to search for placements, volunteering and part-time work that links to your interest.  However, bear in mind that a lot of work experience comes about through word of mouth or by going onto an organisation’s website.  The BBC, for instance, has a careers page  that’s worth keeping an eye on.  So, if you’re interested in the media, start your search right away so you can follow in the footsteps of our many graduates who have built successful and rewarding careers in the industry.
  3. Build up your networks – meet people!
    You need to start connecting with people working in the industry.  To help you, the careers service’s Media Club runs regular talks and workshops given by people working in the media industry.  All events are included on CareersLink  and are featured on the Media Club Facebook group  There’s also a Media Club twitter account so you can find out about the latest opportunities we’ve become aware of.
    Our one day Insight into Broadcasting and Journalism course at Easter is open to all students and although hard work is a lot of fun.

Louise Sethi, Careers Consultant

 

10 (and a bit) things Masters students should know about the Careers Service

  • We’re here for you during your Masters (and for 2 years after)
  • We have web pages chock full of useful information and resources including pages just for Masters students
  • We’ve made it easy for you to plan your development during your Masters year
  • You can talk to us
    1. drop in to the Atrium to talk to one of our Information Specialists
    2. book a one-to-one guidance appointment (NB – due to demand, these are reduced to 15 minute quick query sessions during September-October, but are usually 30minutes)
    3. see an Applications Advisor
    4. if you have an upcoming interview, you can get interview support
  • Manchester Gold Mentoring
  • We like connecting with you on social media (this blog, for example) and @ManPGCareers to share and discuss Masters related topics, events, opportunities, activities, hear your ideas – and just to get to know each other.
  • CareersLink advertises opportunities for you during and after your Masters (as well as events)
  • You can attend other Careers Service events to meet employers and get career ideas
  • Interested in a PhD or academic career after your Masters? Start with Doing a PhD and our award winning An Academic Career website
  • Careers Essentials – 1 hour sessions to help you plan your post-Masters career with confidence.
    Career Essentials: Becoming an Academic  
    October 4th 2016 – 1pm-2pm
    Zochonis Lecture Theatre A
    Do you want an academic career? Is it right for you? This session will help you understand the reality of academic careers, assess your potential and plan your next steps.
    Career Essentials: Making the most of Manchester for Postgraduates
    October 6th 2016 – 1pm-2pm
    Simon Building Lecture Theatre C
    Your postgraduate qualification is only one way that Manchester can help prepare you for the rest of your life. This session will help you understand and access the range of personal, career and professional development opportunities you can take advantage of while you study.
    Career Essentials: CVs for Postgraduates
    October 11th 2016 – 1pm-2pm
    Zochonis Lecture Theatre A
    Your CV needs to get you to interview. This one hour session tells you what you need to know in order to create an effective CV that works for you
    Careers Essentials: Covering Letters for Postgraduates
    October 13th 2016
    Simon Building Lecture Theatre C – 1pm -2pm,
    Your covering letter is a critical part of your application. In this one hour session you’ll find out how to write a compelling letter that will make employers notice you.
    Career Essentials: Interviews for Postgraduates
    October 18th 2016 – 1pm-2pm
    Zochonis Lecture Theatre A
    A successful interview is all that stands between you and your dream job. This one hour workshop will introduce you to the basic skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a successful interview.
    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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