5 ways to get your career off to a flying start this summer

Exploring your career options ahead of graduation may seem like the last thing on your mind right now, but did you know there’s plenty you can do ahead of your final year to develop your experience? From jetting off to Dubai, New York or Singapore as part of Global Graduates, or gaining a Student Experience Internship and volunteering abroad, here are some ways you can get your career off to a flying start this summer.

Go global with the Global Graduates Programme 2018

The Manchester Global Graduates is back for 2018 and this exclusive programme could give you the opportunity to meet with alumni from across the world and help you develop the skills employers are looking for. Over the course of a visit, you could learn more about their businesses, roles, opportunities and their cities. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice and develop your existing skills, start building your professional networks and increase your understanding of your employability.

This year, Global Graduates could take you to Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris/London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore or Toronto. Interested? Find out more about the scheme and apply by Sunday 11 March.

Apply for a Student Experience Internships

Building up your work experience is a vital part in your journey to achieve the graduate job of your choice. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the University runs its own internship scheme – the Student Experience Internships (SEI).

The SEI scheme offers pre-final year undergraduates with the chance to undertake an internship either within the University, or in a charity/not-for-profit organisation. All SEI internships are paid, full-time and last up to eight weeks giving you the chance to gain some valuable experience in just a few weeks.

There are three types of opportunities available within the SEI programme with slightly different eligibility criteria. Full details of the internships are available on the CareersLink site and for vacancy updates, join the Student Summer Internship Facebook Group. Fancy hearing what last year’s SE interns thought of the scheme? Check out Hope, Leitita and Julian’s stories – plus some more!

Get support with a Work Experience Bursary

If you’re looking to pursue a work experience placement but finding it financially difficult to take up the opportunity you really want, you may benefit from a Work Experience Bursary. The Careers Service offers a limited bursary fund to help you with the costs of undertaking career-related work experience, which can cover travel, accommodation and/or dependent care costs.

For further details about the Work Experience Bursary and to apply, visit the Careers Service website.

Make a difference through volunteering

If you’d like to spend the summer bringing practical or social benefits to the wider community by volunteering in the UK or overseas, why not consider applying for a Global Impact Award?

The Global Impact Awards offer £250 to help current undergraduate and postgraduate students who are enthusiastic and committed to volunteering, to undertake an activity which will have a sustainable benefit to the community. If you’re interested in applying, the deadline for applications is Friday 2 March 2018.

For more international volunteering opportunities, don’t forget throughout February there are a range of information sessions to find out more about volunteering overseas.

Try new things

If you want to make your summer a time of experience, use it to try new things and to visit new places. Perhaps you want to use the time developing a hobby or skill you enjoy as that could help you with future interviews. Or maybe by trying something new, you’ll discover a career path you might not have previously thought about. You never know where it may take you or who you’ll meet!