Something for your CV…

September 29, 2011

something-for-your-cvGetting work experience is a competitive business. It’s a vicious circle; often you can’t get work experience without already having some work experience. 

This year we are piloting a new 2-day workshop for undergraduate students, to help you start building up your CV. The workshop will offer students the opportunity to:

  • Work in a team
  • Problem solve creatively
  • Work to deadlines
  • Make decisions related to a business environment

The event will challenge groups of students to undertake a team challenge, develop a proposal and ‘pitch’ their ideas to a panel of seasoned professionals.

  • Only 40 places available
  • Free 2-day workshop
  • Held on 31st October and 1st November 2011

Further details and information on how to apply here

Closing date for applications is 17th October 2011


Christmas Jobs at Royal Mail

September 28, 2011

The Christmas period is naturally a very busy time of year for Royal Mail.  To help them handle the increased volumes of mail they require casual workers to sort mail in their mail centres, and some to deliver the mail to addresses throughout the UK. These are important tasks in ensuring all those Christmas cards and presents get delivered to the right address!

More information on these job opportunities on the Royal Mail website.

Looking for an internship?

September 28, 2011

New in this year “A students’ guide to the  Top 50 Placement and internship employers 2011-2012”

Quite a handy little guide to see at glance who is offereing work experience this year.  Placement years, short term internships and insight days are all included.

Obviously its not fully comprehensive as there are loads of employers that we get vacancies from in Careerslink that will advertise only with us or just a few universities, but its worth a look.

If you want a copy pick one up from the Careers Resource Centre while stocks last, or check out the rate my placement website.

A degree is not enough!

September 26, 2011

Sorry if you are just about to start your degree but this is the harsh reality!

In a recent article Sonja Stockton, director of recruitment, PwC, said:
“Applying for a job can actually begin years before sending off a CV or filling out an application form. Volunteering, positions of authority and working in the wider community are all ways students are becoming more strategic in building their experiences, galvanising their CVs and getting onto their chosen career path. School and college students need to be savvier and think more long-term about their broader experience because good exam results are no longer enough to be distinctive.”

“The graduates of tomorrow absolutely need to adopt a new set of skills and approaches in their approach to employment. In the past, having a degree was strong currency and some thought it was all you needed. But now with university being the academic pursuit of many, the value of a degree is perceived differently.”

Read the full article

Recruiters like PWC are not alone. Even if your degree is vocational and you feel it has given you all the knowledge required for a job you can’t take it for granted.  

You may find attitudes to your degree can be quite old fashioned, based on the days when only a few percent of the population went to university, things have moved on. In 2008 it was reported that around 30% of the UK population have a degree, thats about a third of a million graduating each year with a first time degree. 

Today most employers want to see you demonstrate practical skills on your CV or application so that they can evaluate whether you can do the job. The fact is there will always be other applicants who have gained some skills through extracurricular activites, volunteering or work so you need to be able to compete.

It really doesn’t matter whether you are just about to start your degree or have just finished your degree, you need to take action to improve your employability.

Check out our pages on ways to improve your employability and getting work experience

Why not try CareerKickstart to see how you measure up and what you should do next.

Get the latest news – Careers Facebook groups now open

September 16, 2011

Careers Service Facebook groups for most academic schools or programmes are now open.

We will be using these to tell you about relevant events, vacancies, tips and advice tailored for your subject of study, feel free to ask questions.

We know that just becase you are studying geography it doesn’t mean that you necessarily want to teach, or even use your degree, so we will also  tell you about some things that could be of interest to students of any discipline.

We hope you like them – see you online!

Please note you must be a student of The University of Manchester to join a group.

Student life in Manchester on a budget

September 14, 2011

A friend posted this article on FB. 10 tips for your room at university – from the Telegraph

What planet are they on? 
Who has a trunk? and who shops at John Lewis for Egyptian Cotton sheets? Well it is the Telegraph so go figure…

It made me think, if a friend of mine was coming to Uni in Manchester what would I tell them?

If your folks aren’t going to give you a lift with all your stuff, invest in a giant rucksack.
While not being as stylish as a pink leopard print wheelie case they do have a few advantages:

  •  Both of your hands are free to carry more stuff / text your mates / check what’s happening on FB while waiting for the bus.
  • Easier to get on and off buses – many Manchester buses do not have luggage space so cases are a pain.
  • You are going to have to walk either from the coach or train station to the bus station and at the other end – curbs, potholes and puddles play havoc with your wheelie case!

About public transport – Manchester has one of the best networks. If you are a student living in Fallowfield you are on the busiest bus route in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Times Top 100, 2011-12 now in stock

September 12, 2011

New edition is now ready to collect from the Careers Resource Centre.

This directory is compiled using students answers to the following question 

 “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”

Students use very diffrerent criteria when thinking about this question –  public image, business reputation, commercial success and recruitment experiences !

The directory can include big or small companies but usually they are all pretty well known, thus making it a very popular resource for comparing some of the most popular recruiters.

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