This blog is moving

September 18, 2012

We have great news – the Undergrad blog has been upgraded to a new format and is now up and running!

Same great content PLUS you can see posts for our other blogs too.

So if you are an undergrad thinking about postgrad study, media careers or are also an international student you can find out everything in one place.

or just the undergrad posts on the undergrad tab

We hope you like it!


Welcome (back) to Manchester!

September 17, 2012

Whether you’ve just arrived in Manchester to start your first year, or are returning for your second, third or final year after the summer break, we can help you make the most of your time here and help you land a job for when you leave!

So how can we help you?

Exploring your options

We run a number of events throughout the year which can help you get an insight into a variety of industries and hear from people who do these jobs first hand. Search for events on CareersLink, log in using your university username and password:

Work experience

Work experience, whether it’s a part-time job, volunteering, an internship, work shadowing or getting involved in student societies, is vital to helping you get a job after you graduate! We offer a range of support and advice about work experience on our website: and we advertise hundreds of part-time and work experience vacancies on CareersLink:

Applications and Interviews

We offer advice and guidance on applications and interview whether for full-time graduate jobs, part-time work, work experience or for further study.

A good application will get you noticed and get you through to the important interview stage! We offer a range of advice on our website: or you can come in for a 15 minute quick query appointment and get your application checked by an expert:

Interviews are usually the final hurdle between you and a job! Don’t let your nerves get the better of you, and make sure you’re prepared. We offer practice interviews and have a range of advice on our website:

Accredited Modules

Want to boost your employability and earn credits at the same time? We offer two accredited modules, Career Management Skills which is largely delivered by employers so you can find out first hand the skills they are looking for: and the Manchester Leadership Programme, which combines volunteering with academic study around leadership

Are you going to be hot off the blocks like Oscar Pistorious? Summer internship schemes with graduate companies open from NOW!

September 11, 2012

If you want to work for a well known corporate employer, now is the time to research, plan ahead and apply. Some summer internship schemes are already opening applications for summer 2013.

With the start of the new academic year it is easy to forget to plan ahead for summer 2013. It may seem far off but NOW is the time that the big graduate employers advertise not only for graduates, but also for their summer internship schemes for 2013. If you want to work for a particular company or type of work, now is the time you should research their summer internship schemes and when they’re open for you to apply. Planning to get your application in early will avoid disappointment at a later stage when some companies may have filled their places before the closing date.


Accountancy, finance, banking, management consulting, IT and legal roles are being advertised now including on the CareersLink university website and also Top graduate employers advertising include: Barclays ( No.1 voted company for internships 2011), Morgan Stanley, KPMG, LEK Consulting, Saffery Champness and Standard Life.

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All change at the undergrad blog!

August 31, 2012

Just to let you know that we are giving all our blogs a facelift.

We are going to be using a new template where we can integrate all our blogs into one website.

You will have tabs for each blog and still get the same great content but it will be much easier to swap between blogs and to be able to find out about news stories of interest to you.

So watch this space for more updates soon

Get ahead in the graduate job market – choose career management skills

August 24, 2012

It’s that time of year again when many of you are choosing your modules for the next academic year.  Decisions, decisions, decisions….What will I enjoy?  What am I interested in? What am I good at?

Have you thought about how your module choice will help your future career?  Have you thought about choosing a career management skills (cms) module?

For a number of degree programmes – single honours maths, all BA(Econ) courses and many courses in the faculty of humanities, you can opt to study for a career management skills module. An excellent opportunity to gain academic credits and help your future career at the same time!

Here are 3 good reasons why taking a cms module is a great idea:
•    CMS courses are delivered by the careers service and key graduate employers.  It’s a great opportunity to find out first-hand what recruiters look for in their graduates and how to get-ahead in their recruitment processes and the graduate job market in general.
•    Employers look for a good degree, but also for key practical skills such as leadership, communication and team working. Have you thought about how you are going to provide evidence of these skills when applying for jobs in the future?
As part of the module, you may work on a group project for an outside organisation which will provide some real evidence of these practical skills to add to your CV. Previous projects have included: event management for a local charity, researching ‘user’ satisfaction for a community group, devising marketing materials for arts and sports organisations. CMS will also help you to sell these skills effectively on your CV or in application forms and in interviews or assessment centres
•    It’s assessed by 100% coursework so no exams!  You will get extensive feedback on your graduate level CV and cover letter and attend workshops on Interviews, Assessment Centres, Career Choice plus many more.

You will need to confirm your eligibility with your course administrator. Many final year as well as second year students have been given approval to take cms modules in the past.

Find out more about the courses today:
For Humanities Students
For Maths Students

Any don’t just take my word for it.  Here are some quotes from students who took cms last year….

“Career Management Skills surpassed my expectations and has been one of my most enjoyable, though challenging modules at University.”

“I was recently offered a job and I feel CMS contributed to this.”

Don’t be a type of person

August 14, 2012

We all know that those prepared to leave things till the last minute sometimes pick up the best deals, it’s positively encouraged!

However there are loads of things best not left till the last minute. Sorting out things that affect your future is one of them.

Hindsight is a marvellous thing.
Graduates always tell us “if only I had known earlier” or “if only I had done that earlier it would have been so much easier”.  We are so busy dashing through our lives making plans; to go out, meet for coffee, go on holiday etc, that we rarely make time to think about our future. It’s often something we would prefer not to think about.

When things don’t go to plan it can make dealing with the situation rationally and effectively quite difficult.

So give yourself a little time.

  • If you see a job you want to apply for make sure you seek help well before the deadline.
  • Don’t send applications on the deadline anyway – you may press send before 5pm but if the server doesn’t actually send it for several hours you may miss out.
  • If you are graduating or going home for the holidays you don’t need to panic about having an appointment that day. We are open in the vacations and can set up telephone appointments for those out of the area.
  • If are sure you are going to fail your exams, there are probably reasons behind this. Seek help from academic advisers, the counselling service and careers as soon as you feel unsure or stressed. We may not be able to fix the problem but we can help you evaluate your options.
  • Got a deadline coming up –  like a date to pick modules or submit coursework by?  Think there might be issues? Take action early, you may have to book appointments with academic staff and they may refer you to other services such as Careers. The process is never as quick as you think it will be.
  • Employers can surprise you by offering you an interview at the last minute but it is rarely next day. Ask the information team for help on how to prepare – no appointment needed!

It’s generally a lot less stressful if you can take a few minutes to plan in advance.  The new semester starts in just 33 days so why not:

  • Check to see if any of the graduate or placement schemes you are interested in are open yet.
  • Have a careers appointment to start clarifying your ideas.
  • Check over your CV and update it with activities and experience from this summer.
  • Start researching sectors and roles you might be interested in, find out what the entry routes and typical employers are.
  • Watch the interview and assessment centre videos on our website to familiarise yourself with the processes.

Short term work experience over the summer

August 7, 2012

There are still some short term vacancies for over the summer, so if you don’t yet have any work experience sorted yet, then check out what is still available and apply before it is too late! Work experience of even a few weeks can give you an opportunity to develop your skills for both continuing your degree studies and preparing you for a job after your course.

Some companies offer up to four week placements or even part time work, which in some cases is longer term and could fit around your studies. Look through a variety of sources including local newspapers, job websites, through your own contacts or contacting employers direct, as well as firstly checking vacancies on the University’s CareersLink website.

One example of a current summer internship for undergraduates is:

Journalist Student Internship with the Red Army on CareersLink, Ref: 14089.

There are 10 part time Journalist positions available. This role needs interns who are inquisitive, excellent at writing for magazines and the web, relating with all kinds of different people, as well as having a cool head under pressure and absorbing information quickly. As the Red Army is a publication for Manchester United, it is important for this role to have an interest in the football club and football in general.

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