Manchester Gold Online Q&A

May 2, 2012

Got a burning question for someone in the world of work which needs to be answered? Missed out on Manchester Gold earlier in the year? This could be for you!



 New for 2011-12, Manchester Gold Online Q&A enables you to ask questions of a database of mentors, a number of which are graduates from The University of Manchester!


Mentors will be able to offer advice and provide information on specific careers areas/roles and share their experiences and knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more from people who are actually out there in the world of work and hear their advice first hand!


You will be able to search the mentor database via CareersLink, selecting the Mentor Search option. Once you find a mentor who you would like to ask a question, you can contact them through CareersLink.

For more info visit:


Everything you wanted to know about work experience & internships

March 12, 2012

Is it suddenly on your radar that summer isn’t far away? Do you have this vague feeling that your CV is a bit bare and there should be more on it? Then read on.

Aside from your degree, work experience is the number one thing future employers will be looking for on your CV.  A scary thought perhaps, if the best you have so far is a few days from when you were at school. But the good news is that everything you do counts, and there are many ways to get it, including casual vacation work this summer, a professional summer internship, industrial placement, work shadowing or a few weeks informal work experience. They need not be related to your degree. Even part-time work can count toward your work experience, its about what skills these experiences give you and how you talk about them that matters.

The key is to do something now, while there is still time before the end of your degree!

If you haven’t yet seen the work experience section of our website, you will find lots of tips and advice there, with links to where you can find advertised vacancies in CareersLink and other jobsites.

You can also get instant advice online at the National Work Experience Campaign website, which is live until the end of March 2012. 

If you would like to ask your burning questions to a real person face-to-face, then come along to one of our work experience talks taking place on  14th and 21st March. You can also speak to someone in the Careers Service, including our information team whenever we are open (Monday – Friday 9-5), an applications advisor if you need some advice on your CV for an internship, or a Careers Consultant if you want to discuss what kind of careers you could go into, and what kinds of experience would boost your chances.

My career in… Careers Guidance (a mash up)

March 5, 2012

Many students ask about becoming a careers adviser. Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds and training routes so there is no one answer or job description that fits all.  But you will find there are some common themes…

Two Careers Advisers give their views

What does your job involve?  Read the rest of this entry »

No clue about a career?

June 22, 2011

We hear all the time that students think the careers service is only for people who know what they want to do. NOT TRUE

We see lots of students who don’t mind admitting that they have finished their degree and are none the wiser about what they want to do next. (I was in that position myself)

So what happens? Read the rest of this entry »

My career in… Social media

June 2, 2011

Tom is the social media campaign manager for Delineo, an advertising agency in Manchester.

What does that involve?

My job involves planning the social media marketing strategy for clients, including campaign development and management. This also sees me represent a number of clients on various social networks like Twitter or Facebook, as well as educating other companies about the benefits of using social media platforms to promote their services or products.   Read the rest of this entry »

May special offer – free careers guides

May 2, 2011

Special offer for University of Manchester students and graduates only.

Show your Student/alumni Id to get a free copy of any of these guides, while stocks last.

Available titles:

  • No idea about a career
  • Making wizzard applications
  • First interviews sorted
  • Dr Job’s Psychometric tests
  • Second interviews and assessment centres

Collect your copies from the Careers Resource Centre and say you saw it on the blog.

Exams, graduation and beyond.

April 24, 2011

Easter vacation – lovely long weekends and hopefully some nice weather, well it is Manchester but you can but hope!

If you are in your final year some of you may not be planning on coming on to campus now other than for your exams and hopefully for graduation, so what’s next ? Read the rest of this entry »

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