The University of Manchester
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"The support from the careers service is excellent. They organise workshops, one-to-one guidance sessions and employer-led events."
"The careers service gives out a list of employers and guidance on how to write your CV and prepare for an interview. The employers that present and recruit on campus give detailed insight of their company and useful information."
"If you have a loose idea of what sector you want to work in then I would highly recommend using our careers service. They offer continuing support for things like CVs, interviews, placements and internships that I'm currently trying to get onto for next year. The university also offers the Gold mentoring scheme that pairs you up with a member of the alumni who is working in a similar job/sector to the one you describe in the application form that you fill out prior to being assigned. My mentor offers me expert knowledge from having gone down exactly the same route and I cannot recommend it enough based on the experience I've had with it."
"This is the best part! The regular careers fair is always full of prestigious companies and the careers portal online has a lot of jobs that you can easily access and apply to."
"Our careers service is top notch! They're always advertising workshops and guidance appointments and the people who work there are so friendly and supportive. I've booked a couple of appointments with them and they helped me work out what paths I could follow when I graduate. They also helped me form a plan on what I should do to gain experience before graduation and how to strengthen my applications. Careers fairs are always happening around the university and you get to meet companies and organisations from all kinds of sectors. Plus, the university has really good links with alumni who tend to come back onto campus to give talks etc."
"The careers services and fairs on offer are amazing. You get to speak to representatives from huge companies and really get insight into what they do. You get reminders constantly about things you can attend and are encouraged to explore different industries. They really support you and make sure that you have all the help you need."
"The careers service is good at relaying the opportunities available and lots of employers target Manchester. The alumni network could be better communicated to the students and more events set up. Overall, the careers service offers a good service for those who utilise the opportunities and events that are on."
"The second-year reading week consisted of a week working with the careers service reading over our CVs, practising interview skills and psychometric test etc. It was very useful."
"Due to the vast size of the Manchester student population, the number of careers events on campus is large and varied. Furthermore, this is regularly being added to and improved. This year, a new event began called Future Fest where a large series of tents were set up exhibiting a more diverse range of career opportunities beyond the typical large financial/legal businesses that often dominate. Additionally, in my third year, I got a place on the Gold programme where I was paired up with an alumni who gave me advice on the particular career area I was looking into. This was an invaluable service that I would highly recommend."
"The careers service is an integral part of geography at Manchester. One unit within the course is dedicated to employability, where you evaluate the skills you have gained and identify any gaps that need to be addressed. It also teaches you how to write a CV properly, especially for future job applications. They also offer simulations of assessment centres and similar activities that may be asked of you in a job application process."
"There's a lot of information about training contracts etc for law students after university and you can book appointments with the careers service if you need to. There are always opportunities to take part in networking etc via information sent in emails."