Hi all,

Just over a month ago I told you about our MGIP programme, but today I’d like you to have a read of a post one of my colleagues (who is currently on the scheme) has written about it in more detail.

Chris writes:

“It’s coming to the end of your time at University now, and bar a few exams and the odd dissertation, it’s just going to be one long party for the next couple of weeks! But what about after that?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have wandered through Uni without any plans for the future, just the happy belief that the student lifestyle is going to last forever…

Well it’s not!

The reality of the situation is that many of us end up moving back in with our parents after Uni while we wait for the next round of graduate schemes to come through. Not ideal.

That’s where the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) comes in. This is a University organised scheme that finds placements for graduates within the Greater Manchester region. The placements are all paid (minimum £1000 per month), and last between 4 and 12 months. These are a brilliant way of gaining graduate level experience and getting a taste of the particular sector you think you might be interested in.

At the moment I’m on an Internship as Marketing Assistant for MGIP. The experience that I’ve got out of this job has been absolutely brilliant for improving my CV. I’ve been able to make videos, design websites, give presentations, and design advertisements for newspapers. This has been absolutely brilliant for job interviews where you’re required to give examples of how you have used creativity, organisation, teamwork etc.

With many of our internships taking place at small and medium enterprises throughout Manchester, there is also scope to make a real impact on the company and get fully involved in their organisation. Two of our current interns have worked at events in France and Spain, another has been given the opportunity to attend courses on Search Engine Optimisation and Google Analytics- two increasingly relevant skills in many organisations today.

If you are a UK/EU based undergraduate due to graduate this year, you can register with the programme. To apply for an internship, all you need to do is send in an up to date copy of your CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the position, how you display the skills required, and why you want to work there.

Good luck with exams!

Chris”

I’d just like to add that there is loads of help available to help you to write a brilliant CV and covering letter which show off your skills to their best advantage – take a look at our website, pop into the resource library or book yourself a quick query slot.

Jenny

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