Welcome (back) to Manchester!

September 17, 2012

Whether you’ve just arrived in Manchester to start your first year, or are returning for your second, third or final year after the summer break, we can help you make the most of your time here and help you land a job for when you leave!

So how can we help you?

Exploring your options

We run a number of events throughout the year which can help you get an insight into a variety of industries and hear from people who do these jobs first hand. Search for events on CareersLink, log in using your university username and password: www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink

Work experience

Work experience, whether it’s a part-time job, volunteering, an internship, work shadowing or getting involved in student societies, is vital to helping you get a job after you graduate! We offer a range of support and advice about work experience on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/workexperience and we advertise hundreds of part-time and work experience vacancies on CareersLink: www.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink

Applications and Interviews

We offer advice and guidance on applications and interview whether for full-time graduate jobs, part-time work, work experience or for further study.

A good application will get you noticed and get you through to the important interview stage! We offer a range of advice on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/applications or you can come in for a 15 minute quick query appointment and get your application checked by an expert: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/services/quickquery

Interviews are usually the final hurdle between you and a job! Don’t let your nerves get the better of you, and make sure you’re prepared. We offer practice interviews and have a range of advice on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/services/practiceinterviews/

Accredited Modules

Want to boost your employability and earn credits at the same time? We offer two accredited modules, Career Management Skills which is largely delivered by employers so you can find out first hand the skills they are looking for: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/students/employable/modules/ and the Manchester Leadership Programme, which combines volunteering with academic study around leadership www.manchester.ac.uk/mlp


*NEWSFLASH* Places still available on the Manchester Leadership Programme

May 31, 2012

In case you missed it the first time, see here for more details: https://manchesterundergradcareers.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/the-manchester-leadership-programme-201213-applications-open-4-may/

The Manchester Leadership Programme 2012/13 – applications open 4 May!

May 4, 2012

“The MLP helped me to show that I have the leadership skills recruiters want….” Take the course that boosts your employability, take the Manchester Leadership Programme.

Apply at www.manchester.ac.uk/mlp/apply

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The Manchester Leadership Programme is in its 7th year and is established as one of the most unique programmes in the country, as highlighted by leading industry professionals and students for its quality.

The MLP offers lectures from high profile guest speakers, debate and discussion of current issues, accredited volunteering in the local community and the chance to meet students from all disciplines in the university.

Furthermore upon completion of the MLP the prestigious Manchester Leadership Award appears on your university transcript.

Places on the course are open to the majority of university students. For more information and to check your eligibility visit www.manchester.ac.uk/mlp/eligibility/   

 To apply for the programme go to www.manchester.ac.uk/apply

***Registration opens 4 May***

There are a very limited number of places so apply early to avoid disappointment.

The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme

April 27, 2012

Exams are fast approaching and graduation is just around the corner. Very soon you’ll need to make some decisions about your career, but don’t worry the Career’s Service has a brilliant scheme that will get your future moving.

The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) is exclusively for 2012 graduates from The University of Manchester and offers paid positions with a variety of businesses and organisations in Greater Manchester. The average salary for a MGIP internship in 2011 was £15,000 per annum pro rata and can last between 4- 12 months, with most start dates falling between June and December.

Katie Franklin, the Marketing Intern for Volunteering & Community Engagement Team at the University of Manchester describes her experiences.

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BBC work experience – Mastermind

April 13, 2012

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a motivated, self-starting student or recent graduate to undertake four weeks work experience between mid-June and the end of November (depending on availability) with the production team of Mastermind. This is the perfect chance for a hard working individual to gain invaluable studio-based TV production experience and an insight into the workings of one of the BBC’s flagship and most successful brands.

You need to understand the nature of the programme and adhere to the confidentiality that surrounds it.

The work experience may include supporting the production team in the office, on studio days and on location; maintaining the contributor database and the Mastermind email account; establishing and maintaining tape logging and interview cataloguing systems; actively contributing to the generation of ideas across the Entertainment Department; and ad hoc research into specialist subjects for briefing documents

This unpaid opportunity is full-time and based at Media City UK, Salford.

To apply, please send to mediaclub@manchester.ac.uk your CV and answer the following questions:

  1. What appeals to you about working on Mastermind? (200 word limit)
  2. What ideas do you have for developing the Mastermind brand?  (200 word limit)
  3. What do you think makes a good Mastermind contestant? (200 word limit)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 23rd April 2012 at 5pm

Guest post: Ad Agency Open Evening

March 2, 2012

Last week Manchester based advertising agency BJL opened up its doors to a group of students from Manchester and Salford Universities. The evening was full of talks, questions and hands on tasks for the group to take part in. Here  Jess Neary, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Manchester, discusses her thoughts on the evening:

Walking into BJL building for the first time I was apprehensive to say the least. Finding a seat was a task in itself; stacks of awards on the surrounding tables caused difficulty for the eager amounts of students that were beginning to collect in the reception area.

Around twenty five students from the University of Manchester and the University of Salford had arrived for a night of expert advice, challenges and to truly understand why the agency’s foyer could easily represent Meryl Streep’s mantelpiece!

With a great night planned ahead we started the evening with a walk around the agency to gain an insight into each of the departments, meeting different members of the BJL team along the way who were willing to answer any questions thrown at them. The team were enthusiastic and showed a genuine rapport with all of us, creating an atmosphere that made even the most nervous looking candidates appear much more relaxed.

Once upstairs we were led through the job roles within the agency and were introduced to various members of staff within each team. The discussions were insightful and provided hands on experience for each department with 10 minute group tasks following each of the presentations. Planning, proposition development, creative and PR were just a few of the tasks which resulted in glue in hair, and tip-of-the-tongue infuriating mantra situations.

Many students showed a natural aptitude for certain roles and it was clear that everyone was keen to impress. Listening to recent graduate Charlie Keeble and intern Lauren Watson talk so passionately about BJL made it clear that this was where every enthusiastic soon-to-be graduate should, and unfortunately for me, would be clamouring for a place.

Written by Jess Neary

Originally published here: http://blog.bjl.co.uk/2012/02/bjl-university-open-evening.html

Find out more about BJL here: http://www.bjl.co.uk/

3 Simple, Stress-Free Ways to Get Ahead!

December 22, 2011

Now deadlines have past, and with the Christmas break, everyone including myself must be feeling like this:

The best thing you can do now is breathe, step back and relax. I have realised you can do this and still be productive. Here I have compiled 3 little things you could do to get the most out of the break, before revision kicks in:

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