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Can I book a careers appointment?

If you are a University of Manchester student or recent graduate you can book a careers guidance appointment to discuss your career options or job search strategy.

Find out how to book here 

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Can I do an internship or placement?

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There are different options for work experience available to students at different times of year and in different academic years.

Some may be a part of your course; often called a placement or year in industry: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/placement/

Others may be something you do in your vacation time; often called an internship:  https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/internships/

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Can I get help with my CV?

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University of Manchester students and recent graduates can get help with applications and CVs for jobs or courses. 

Find out how to get advice on CVs and Applications

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I want to speak to a person 

The answers to most careers questions are on our website,
If you have a question you would like to ask in person - use the live webchat on this page or look for our drop-in times on CareerConnect under events. Drop-in sessions may be via zoom or in person on campus, select a time and location a that works for you and simply turn up.

Alternatively if you need a longer duiscussion around your career planning book a careers meeting via CareerConnect.

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I don’t know what I want to do? Can I speak to someone?

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Don’t worry if you don’t have your career mapped out let’s start with the first step.

Start by assessing what is important to you and what your skills are: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/whichcareer/idontknow/

Explore different career areas  to help you understand what different jobs are like and what skills they need. https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/whichcareer/

You can find out about how to access our advice and guidance services, drop-ins and appointments here: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/services/

 

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How do I get a graduate scheme or graduate job?

There are lots of types of graduate jobs. Graduate training schemes that take on lots of new graduates in one intake are just a small proportion of the jobs available. Find out more about finding graduate jobs here: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/graduatejobs/

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Can I get help with a covering letter?

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Yes, University of Manchester students can get help with covering letters.

First see our advice here

Find out how to get advice on cover letters and applications

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How do I get an academic or employer reference?

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Depending on your circumstances and the purpose of the application, an employer or postgraduate course provider may ask for a number of references. These may come from your current employer or academic school, or past employment or study depending on what you have done most recently and, or what is relevant. Find out more https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/applicationsinterviews/faqs/references/

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An employer is asking for an internship or placement agreement – how do I get one?

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Some international employers require an internship or placement to be part of your course or take place while you are a student.  Find out more about if your placement or internship is eligible https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/findjobs/placement/internationalplacements/placementagreements/

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How do I get my degree transcript?

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The Careers Service does not have access to your transcripts: 

You can find out about accessing transcripts here http://www.graduation.manchester.ac.uk/after-youve-graduated/copies-of-degree-certificates-and-transcripts/

If you have questions about your transcripts email  ssc@manchester.ac.uk and be patient they have a lot of enquiries.

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What help can I get for interviews?

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We have information and advice to help you prepare and practice for an interview.  These include guidance/coaching to help you prepare or simulations to improve your technique.

https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/applicationsinterviews/interviews/

Why not get interview practice and feedback online via Shortlist.Me

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How can I practice psychometric tests?

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There is a lot of information about different employer tests on our website.  University of Manchester students and recent graduates can also access Graduates First and Profiling for Success tests for free. https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/applicationsinterviews/psychometric/

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My CareerConnect account is not working

If your course is due to end / has ended recently, continue to use the 'Student sign in' option up until the point where you receive a 'permission denied' error message after entering your details.

At this point you'll be able to register a new password for your account using the 'Graduate sign in' option as explained below. (You cannot apply for a graduate account while your student account is active.) There are 2 options below:

  1. Active your graduate account by selecting forgot password on the graduate registration page and following the instructions (when using forgotten password to activate your account please use the email that you receive correspondence from us on to do this).
  2. If you find this does not work please register for a Graduate account, making sure to include your Student/Alumni ID. Simply click the 'graduate sign in' button and fill in the short registration form. You will need a non-student email address and your Student/Alumni ID number.

Your Alumni and Student ID is the same number. If you don’t have your Student/Alumni ID card, check emails from Development and Alumni Relations as your Alumni ID is recorded there. If you are unable to locate your Alumni/Student ID please request it here

For student account issues or if you have left your course without completing please see: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/services/aboutcareerconnect/ 

 

 

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How do I cancel a careers appointment?

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If you are unable to make your careers appointment you can cancel it by clicking on cancel in the appointment email we sent you . This will take to to your  CareerConnect account where you can cancel the appointment.

You can only cancel before the start time of your appointment.

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Can I get a visa to work in the UK after my degree?

There are a number of options for international students to stay and work in the UK after study.  Find out more here: https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/

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 I can’t remember my appointment time or location – how can I find it?

The time date and location of your careers appointment are in the confirmation and reminder emails we sent you. ( check your spam folder too)

 

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I want to change or leave my course, who do I talk to?

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If you are thinking of changing or leaving your course you need to contact your school support office to discuss what is possible and the options open to you. http://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/uni-services-az/school-support/

If you are unsure about what course to change to, or career directions with a different degree, or options without a degree talk to us. https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/services/

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What hours can I work on my student Tier 4 Visa?

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Most students can work while they are studying find out more here:

https://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/workduringstudy/ 

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I missed an event / webinar is there a recording?

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Many of our online events and webinars are recorded.  Check back after a week to see if it’s made it onto our YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/c/manchestercareers

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