Career Future

Get career ready in your final semester

Final year, semester one exams? Done. 

Post-exam party season? Finished.

After-uni plans? Err…

If this sounds familiar, there’s no need to panic.

It is true that many of the big name graduate recruiters will have just closed their graduate schemes (for this year’s round anyway!). But, there is still time to take action.

There are hundreds of great jobs and postgraduate programmes still being advertised. In fact, the highest number of full-time vacancies advertised on Careerslink (the University jobs board) is May / June time – just before you graduate.

So, good news! Here are the five top things you should be doing in semester two of your final year to boost your CV and pave the way for life after uni.

1. See what’s out there

Whether you know what sector you want to work in after graduation, or you don’t have a clue (and that’s totally fine), it’s important to regularly check vacancies and stay updated about the types of graduate jobs out there. Check out Careerslink, where hundreds of recruiters from all industries across the globe advertise their vacancies and events to target UoM students and graduates.

You can also sign up for alerts for Graduate Job Search, which features over 200 job searches and vacancy sites. If you want to work in Manchester after uni, have a look at Manchester Graduate Talent, which offers a number of internships and graduate jobs in and around Greater Manchester.

Now is the time when lots of postgraduate degrees and programmes open for applications and interviews. If you’re considering further study, research your options, look into funding or explore professional development courses.   

2. Dust off your CV

While some recruiters only accept online application forms, many require a CV and Cover Letter, or a CV alongside your online application. It’s great to have an up-to-date CV, not only to remind yourself of all the great things you’ve done, but also so you can quickly tailor it for any one-off jobs you spot. Check out our CV guide for handy hints and templates, and update your LinkedIn profile while you’re at it. You can also learn more online about structuring and tailoring your CV, or pop into the Careers Service for one-to-one applications and CV advice.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to develop essential skills that employers are looking for (from project management to team work and communication), as well as enabling you to do good and meet new people. You can dedicate an hour per week for the rest of the semester, or just give a day of your time via a one-off volunteering opportunity. From education to environment, sports to oversears opportunities, there’s something for everyone. To find out more, why not pop along to Student Volunteer Week on campus from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 February.

4. Talk to people

Networking doesn’t have to be scary. It can be as simple as asking an alumnus how their degree helped them land their current job, or reaching out to an employee of your dream company on LinkedIn. There are loads of opportunities to connect with employers and alumni on campus, from one-off events to larger careers fairs, such as My Future Festival, running from 10 to 21 February. During the festival you can hear more from big names like the Civil Service, Amazon and Experience Canada, and connect with alumni working in sectors like marketing, the arts and PR. With almost 30 events across the 10 years, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year, replacing the usual February Careers Fair and the Graduate Recruitment Fair in June.

5. Reach out

The Careers Service is full of people who want to help you figure out your next steps, support you through application and interviews, and provide sector-specific advice.  Feel free to pop into the Atrium on the first floor of University Place to book an appointment with a member of our team. Or give us a call on 0161 275 2829.

Or, if you’re a final year and want personalised support delivered straight to your inbox, fill in our short survey and a Careers Consultant will be in touch with the next steps.

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