Short term work experience over the summer

August 7, 2012

There are still some short term vacancies for over the summer, so if you don’t yet have any work experience sorted yet, then check out what is still available and apply before it is too late! Work experience of even a few weeks can give you an opportunity to develop your skills for both continuing your degree studies and preparing you for a job after your course.

Some companies offer up to four week placements or even part time work, which in some cases is longer term and could fit around your studies. Look through a variety of sources including local newspapers, job websites, through your own contacts or contacting employers direct, as well as firstly checking vacancies on the University’s CareersLink website.

One example of a current summer internship for undergraduates is:

Journalist Student Internship with the Red Army on CareersLink, Ref: 14089.

There are 10 part time Journalist positions available. This role needs interns who are inquisitive, excellent at writing for magazines and the web, relating with all kinds of different people, as well as having a cool head under pressure and absorbing information quickly. As the Red Army is a publication for Manchester United, it is important for this role to have an interest in the football club and football in general.

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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.

Can’t find a part-time job? Try volunteering!

November 28, 2011

Since returning to Manchester following my year abroad (which I spent in Saint Petersburg, Russia), I have been constantly applying for jobs to no avail. At first I was optimistic, assuming my work experience from before my year abroad, and the life experience gained by spending 9 months in Russia, would be enough to secure me some kind of job. As the weeks passed, and more and more of my applications went unnoticed, I decided to try and gain some experience for my CV through volunteering.

After a quick Google search along the lines of “volunteering in Manchester”, I found out about a charity called WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service – but they do take male volunteers too!) which runs coffee shops and tea trolley services in hospitals all around the UK. Thinking this would be great first-hand customer service experience in an interesting environment, I applied online and heard from them within a matter of days. Not only was this a great confidence boost after so much rejection, I also felt good that I would be spending my spare time helping people rather than sitting around lamenting my dream job. I arranged an informal interview with the WRVS branch at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, filled out the full application form and got my two references, and within a couple of weeks I had a volunteer job.

I have now been working at WRVS once a week for almost 2 months, and I can safely say it’s the best job I’ve ever had. My fellow volunteers are all very talkative and friendly, the customers are polite, and I now know how to use a coffee machine, despite hating coffee myself. Though the job is unpaid, it feels great to offer my spare time to a charity that really needs the help, whilst meeting plenty of lovely people in the process. As we are mostly volunteers, the shifts are extremely flexible and are perfect for students. I am still applying for paid jobs as I could do with the money, but I enjoy this job so much I would continue to do it alongside a paid job (and the heaps of work I have to do in fourth year!) – my only regret is not thinking to volunteer sooner!

Though this post has simply been about my story with WRVS, I hope it will inspire other students to put their spare time to use and gain experience for their CV through volunteering, especially if they have been unsuccessful in finding a paid part-time job in the past.

Some useful links on volunteering:


Naomi Powell – Student Blogger

The upside of the downturn

November 2, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about the recession and how it is inevitably going to affect most final year students. I was given the opportunity to volunteer at Refugee Action because they were in strong need of people within a department that was heavily cut in staff, following Home Office funding cuts. In the same way there was inter-departmental competition for jobs, there is equally stronger competition for graduate jobs within certain sectors. So whilst I’m stepping into a career in international development at a time when many are becoming redundant following Home Office cuts, it comes as no surprise why people are grasping as many opportunities as they can. Read the rest of this entry »

Am I employable yet?

October 17, 2011

It can be difficult to evaluate your own CV.  Would someone employ me?  What have other people got that I haven’t?

Employers are looking to see if you can do the job they are advertising so they need to see some evidence of skills. Here’s a check list of some things you could do that would look great on your CV.  Categorised under some typical CV headings!

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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.

Are you paying tax on your summer job?

July 22, 2011

MoneyHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding 108,725 students across Greater Manchester that they may not have to pay tax on the money they make from summer jobs. To earn extra cash, we know many of you take summer jobs. But large numbers of students are unaware that, provided their total earnings for the tax year are less than the personal allowance of £7,475, they will not have to pay any tax on the money they make.

To ensure your employer doesn’t deduct tax you don’t owe, you need to fill in a form P38(S), which you can download from the HMRC website at

Even if you don’t fill in the form don’t worry that you will lose out. You can reclaim any tax paid by sending HMRC a form P50, available online at

Stephen Banyard, Director General of Personal Tax at HMRC said:

“We don’t want students to pay tax when they don’t owe any, so we’re encouraging them to fill in a P38(S) and return it to their employer. That way they can keep all the money they’re earning for student life’s essentials.”

You can find more student advice on tax matters at:

A handy student tax calculator is also available at:

If you fancy following HMRC on Twitter you can find them at: @HMRCgovuk

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