Career Future

Graduating this summer – what’s next?

Thinking about and planning for a time after the structured and timetabled life of University can be daunting.  There’s a lot to consider – what are your options? How do you continue (or even start) to job search? What goes into a great CV? How do I nail a job interview? Is it too late?

The answer to last one is it’s never too late, and remember lots of students are in the same situation. The peak months for advertising graduate vacancies are May, June and July so there’s still plenty of time to find the right job for you.

As for everything else – there’s plenty of support on hand to help you, no matter what stage you’re at.

Where to look?

It’s important that you know what your options are –  take a look at what’s  being advertised.  Even if you have no idea what you want to do, browse everything and get a sense of the types of roles that are available, and what might interest you.  Here’s a few good places to start:

  • CareersLink is the University’s online jobs database, and advertises hundreds of local and national graduate jobs from companies who are specifically targeting University of Manchester students.
  • The Graduate JobSearch offers 200+ targeted mobile friendly job searches and sites for you to explore.
  • If you want to meet employers in person then head along to The Grad Fair taking place on Wednesday 9 May at the Armitage Sport Centre in Fallowfield.

Many final years say that their biggest worry about securing a job is the competition. While it’s true thousands of students graduate each year, there are also hundreds of thousands of graduate jobs that need filling. Research from Prospects shows that from 2006-2016 there has been an average of a quarter of a billion jobs available each year – more than the number of graduates. So try not to worry too much about the competition, and be assured you do have options.

Building up experience

If you’re still looking to build up your work experience because  you need more experience in a specific sector, or you’re not sure what type of role/job you might be interested in, why not think about a Graduate Internship. Shorter term graduate level positions (1-12 months) where you can gain more experience and you can ‘try before you buy.’

  • Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) is a programme exclusive to University of Manchester students that sources and advertises paid graduate level jobs in the Greater Manchester area.
  • Graduate Talent Pool is a national programme that provides government backed and funded internships to graduates. The roles are all paid and include a training element.

Graduate Internships are a great way of giving you some time to think about what you enjoy doing, what your skills are and how they can be applied in the workplace, and what roles they are suited to.

Building up your networks

Another concern when it comes to looking for jobs is that you might not have the right networks. Now is a great time for you to start building up those networks and connections.

  • Manchester Gold Finalists is a mentoring programme for final year undergraduates. The programme is a great way to speak to someone about their career path following University, and how they made decisions and overcome anxieties about graduating.
  • The Manchester Network has hundreds of alumni (graduates from the University of Manchester) that are available for you to ask questions – about industries, job roles, and much more. A much more informal approach to Manchester Gold mentoring, you can ask alumni one off questions such as ‘how did you find your first job following graduations?’

We’re here to help

Finally a key thing to remember is that the Careers Service is here to help, whatever your question may be.

We’re open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm in The Atrium in University Place (even over the exam period). So if you have any questions get in touch, or drop in to see us.