As you near the end of your final semester as an undergraduate at the University, you’ll no doubt be thinking about what comes next. This can often feel like an overwhelming process for students, and so now more than ever we want to remind you that the University Careers Service is here to help you explore your options; offering guidance on how to network, create successful job applications, and how to ace an interview.
There is no deadline when it comes to preparing for post-university life, and so if you’re feeling anxious because you haven’t yet started, or even because you’re still unsure of your career path, don’t panic! There are still plenty of options and support available to you.
If you’re not ready to leave our great city, Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) is a fantastic source for graduate-level jobs and internships in the local area that are specifically targeted at UoM students. From start-ups to multi-national firms, these jobs offer amazing opportunities to gain experience and kick-start your career whilst staying in Manchester.
If you think you’re interested in certain sectors but still have questions, make sure to sign up to the ‘Meet the Professionals’ online events. Hosted by the University careers service in partnership with our vast alumni, you will get the opportunity to meet working professionals, ask questions and talk about their experiences. Upcoming events are as follows:
Meet the Professionals: Banking and Finance Tuesday, 20 April, 1pm-2.30pm
Meet the Professionals: Marketing, PR and Advertising Thursday, 22 April, 1pm-2.30pm
Meet the Professionals: Public Sector Monday, 26 April, 1pm-2.30pm
Meet the Professionals: Legal Wednesday, 28 April, 2pm-3.30pm
Meet the Professionals: International Thursday, 6 May, 1pm-2.30pm
Don’t forget to sign up via CareerConnect in advance.
There are also many financial bursaries still open for applicants! The Work Experience Bursary is open to all full-time undergraduates seeking support with the costs associated with undertaking career related work experience. If you’re finding it financially difficult to take up unpaid work experience opportunities, definitely consider applying today to receive up to £1000 in support.
Post graduate study is also always an option! Explore the course catalogue online, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities here. Applications for the Manchester Masters Bursary are now open, with 75 awards of £4000 each for courses starting in September 2021 available.
If you are feeling particularly concerned about graduating during the pandemic, read Samantha’s story for tips and advice that will help you to secure a job in 2021. It’s important not to lose hope! Companies are still actively hiring graduates, and as the country begins to open back up, more and more opportunities will start flooding in. In fact, many industries have experienced a boom as a result of the pandemic, and so you shouldn’t feel like doors are being closed to you.
By beginning to plan for your future now, you will feel more positive and secure after graduation. If you’re still confused or anxious about your next steps, we encourage you to make use of the WebChat Service offered on the UoM Carrers website. You can also book one-on-one meetings with a career consultant where you can discuss your individual options and needs, and be offered practical advice on how to kick-start this exciting next chapter. Whether you are just getting started thinking about your future or already have some clear ideas, they are here to help.