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Make the most of this semester

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Settling in, or back into University life and your studies makes this a busy time of year, and we know there’s a lot going on.

So, here we have collated a few key events, and activities that will help you make the most of all the opportunities available to you as a student here.

Go Abroad Fair

Working, studying or volunteering abroad is a great way to expand your horizons and discover exciting new places by studying abroad. You will also enhance your employability, experience new learning styles and develop your confidence, communication skills and cultural awareness. And did you know that many of our undergraduates can access an international experience as part of their degree?

So, if you’re in your first or second year of undergraduate study this semester is a great time to explore your options at the Go Abroad Fair Tuesday, 17 October 1-5 in University Place.

Social Justice and Volunteering Fair

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in something new at University, make new friends, gain valuable skills, give something back to your community and above all have fun. Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at student Content Creator Dorsa’s blog 7 Reasons to Volunteer.

And don’t worry if you don’t know where to start or are feeling a bit apprehensive about what’s involved, this October we have help on hand at the Volunteering and Social Justice Fair 2023:​ Academy 1 – Tuesday 10 October, 11am-3pm​. ​

You will have the chance to talk to volunteering staff and student volunteers as well as the opportunity to speak face-to-face with both local and international volunteering organisations!​

Try a UCIL module

The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning UCIL allows you to study units from across the university that contribute to your degree programme, and each one is free and fits into your timetable. UCIL units introduce you to new topics and ways of thinking, tackling the key questions facing society in the 21st century. Open to undergraduates and postgraduate taught students from all disciplines, There’s still time to take a look at what’s on offer this semester and register before the deadline of 6 October.

Careers Fairs

No matter where you are in terms of your future planning, the Careers Service has something to help and support you, and this semester you’ll find a whole host of events to help you explore your options, including three careers fairs:

  • The STEM Careers Fair: Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October
    For students looking for graduate jobs, student internships and placements in engineering, science or technology.
  • The Autumn Careers Fair: Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October
    For students interested in graduate jobs, student internships and placements in business, finance, management, consulting, HR, marketing, advertising, charities etc.
  • The Law Fair: Tuesday 21 November
    For law and non-law students interested in pursuing a legal career.

But that’s not all, there’s a whole host of other types of events including employer presentations, workshops and meet the grads networking events. Find out more on the Careers Service Website.

Part-time jobs fair

We know many of you will be looking to boost your income by working alongside your studies. Manchester is a big place and there are plenty o f opportunities in the the city and right here on campus. You can find advice and support on looking for work from the Careers Service and this October the Students’ Union is hosting a part time jobs fair to help your search.

They are also hosting two workshops to help and support international students navigate looking for work in the UK, take a look at the Student’s Union website for the details.

Start your Stellify journey – or keep it on track

Whether you need a final push to complete your award or you’re just looking at getting started, there’s plenty to get stuck into this semester to help you progress your award. From the getting in your volunteering hours to completing one of your ethical grand challenges, you can really make progress this semester!

Find out more about Stellify

Explore the city, and beyond

Although there’s plenty going on, remember taking a break and recharging is just as important as anything else, and there’s some great ways to do that in Manchester, and just beyond! Student blogger, Imogen has recently shared her favourite day trips, and take a look at 100 things to do in Manchester  plus outdoor spaces that are completely free for more inspiration!