Yes, it’s a time of major transition if you’re a 2011 graduate. A lot of students I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks are checking out of their accommodation, maybe moving back home, or moving to a new house in Manchester with friends. I know this is a time that quite a lot of you – exams and coursework all finally behind you – will be starting the job hunt in earnest. If you haven’t already got your career plans sorted and a job or course lined up, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Our Careers Service for graduates: You can use the Careers Service for up to three years after graduation, so that’s until June 2014! So you’re welcome to book an appointment to see a careers consultant over the summer or come in to look at our resources or get feedback on your CV. We even offer telephone appointments and CV/applications feedback by email for those who have returned home and can’t make it into the Careers Service in person. See more info about the services we offer.
- Our Graduate Careers blog: We have a sister blog just for graduates, our Manchester Graduate Careers blog, which is full of excellent tips, news and information about the latest jobs. If you’re about to graduate, this blog will give you the most relevant information rather than our undergrad careers blog. Here’s an example of a recent post:
- Next steps after graduation guides: A couple of good things to have a look at on our website are our ‘Next steps after graduation’ pages and our downloadable ‘Life after Graduation’ PDF guide. Also check out our dedicated ‘Graduates’ pages.
- Paid graduate internships in Manchester: If you feel you need to get more work experience under your belt or you don’t want to commit to a career path just yet, you might be interested in our dedicated Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) providing paid internships of 4-12 months in length in a variety of roles and organisations in Manchester.
- Jobs jobs jobs: Some students don’t realise that the Careers Service is advertising 100s of vacancies targeted at University of Manchester students and graduates at any one time via our CareersLink system (you just need to log in to use it). Some interesting examples right now include:
- Graduate internship (MGIP) as a marketing assistant with a media company based in Old Trafford.
- Junior chemist in nanomaterials in a Manchester-based company.
- Trainee patent attorney in a firm based in London/Cambridge.
- International management trainee programme for a major travel company.