Budding student writers – join our blog team and get experience for your CV!

June 25, 2009

In September, the Manchester Undergrad Careers Blog will have been in existence for a year, and we must be doing something right, as we’re getting up to 1500 hits a month! So next year, we want to carry on writing the posts you seem to be finding the most useful (judging by the hits) but also introduce some new topics and themes.

For example, we want some of our students readers to be regular contributors to the blog next academic year, sharing their personal experiences of thinking about careers and job hunting. So, we’re on the hunt for any current University of Manchester undergrads (any year) who are budding journalists, creative writers or just want the opportunity to write regularly for fun!  Read the rest of this entry »


How can I find careers help over the summer?

June 22, 2009

Did you know that the Careers Service is open all summer?

  • If you are a student or graduate of The University of Manchester you can use us all year round and are eligible for full services for 3 years after you graduate.
  • During the summer both guidance appointments and our daily drop-in service are available.
  • If you are a recent graduate from another UK university outside the Manchester area you may be eligible to use our drop- in service in July and August – see the information on graduate access cards . We would also recommend that you contact your own University careers service to see what they can offer you.

Did you know that we can help you even if you are out of the area or overseas?

(These services are only available to University of Manchester students and graduates)

  • Talk to a careers adviser online – using LiveGuidance
  • Use our careers forums to share experiences and questions with other students
  • Get advice by phone:
    If you need a few tips or a quick piece of advice the information team may be able to help you there and then.  We are open 9-5 Monday to Friday: Ring 0161 275 2829.
    If you have an in-depth enquiry or need to discuss your plans in detail, we may refer you for a guidance appointment. We will discuss your needs and schedule an appropriate time for you to talk to a consultant by phone.
  • E-mail us – best for information-based questions or tips on CVs and applications.

Other sources of help

Use our website to find vacancies, and to get you started on your career planning.

Try Prospects website – the jobs and work section is great for exploring options and finding out about entry into different job roles.

Talk to friends and family about their jobs – their experiences may give you an insight into careers you had not previously considered.

Don’t forget if you are graduating to check out the graduate blog for the lastest on vacancy updates and news.

Common application mistakes

June 15, 2009

…. A Guide from the ruthless recruiter

Don’t make it easy for me to put you in the reject pile, if you are going to apply for a job put the effort in to do it well or don’t waste my time!

Do – include your personal details. Even if your application is wonderful, it’s no good if they can’t contact you.

Do – make sure that you refer to the correct job role at the correct organisation. The reader will be instantly put off if they think you can’t be bothered to get the basics right.

Put enough stamps on to pay for the postage! Letters that don’t have sufficient postage on them are kept at the sorting office. An employer is unlikely to pay for the postage plus the admin charge to get it redelivered.

Check your spelling. It’s just careless and is especially inappropriate if the job calls for written skills and attention to detail.

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Talk to a careers consultant live online!

June 11, 2009

We know you sometimes need advice or help with your career plans and applications etc when you’re not on campus, so this summer we’re piloting a new online LiveGuidance service.

The idea of this service is that you will be able to talk to a careers consultant or one of our other careers specialists (e.g. a work experience specialist or international student adviser) from the comfort of your own sofa. Read the rest of this entry »

Jobs Seen on the Street 11.6.09

June 11, 2009

This will be the last ‘Jobs Seen on the Street’ post for this academic year, and the series will return again in September. Hopefully if you are still looking for a part time job during this time you can use the tips and links we have been posting since January.  A reminder on some of these is at the foot of this post.

Part time jobs for this week are:

Seen on the  Arndale Centre website

Seen on the Job Centre Plus website
(Enter job ref and click ‘GO’ for details)

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The graduate fair 2009

June 9, 2009

Hi there,

This year’s graduate recruitment fair is running on the 17th and 18th June at the Armitage centre.  Aimed at final year students about to graduate, the fair has a number of different exhibitors interested in you!

Take a look at our sister blog, Manchester Graduate Careers, for more information about the fair as well as loads of other news, tips and info for new graduates.

Graduate internships in Manchester – find our more…

June 5, 2009

You might have seen Jenny’s post a few weeks ago about Graduate jobs and opportunities in Manchester for those of you graduating this summer.  If you’re thinking about applying for an internship on the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme, then you might not want to miss the opportunity to find out more and ask the team any questions you have in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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