Careers Service


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  • The Careers Service organises and advertises a range of events including careers fairs, information and skills events and recruiter events. We aim to provide a high quality, informative events programme relevant to students, graduates and postgraduates of The University of Manchester.
  • The University can take no responsibility for the statements or actions of an organisation at an event.
  • Events are advertised in good faith based on information provided by the organisation and this should not be taken as an endorsement of those opportunities and organisations.
  • We screen event adverts for the following before agreeing to publish them:
  1. Opportunities appear to meet our employer vacancy advertising policy
  2. UK opportunities appear to meet requirements of UK equality legislation
  3. UK opportunities appear to meet requirements of the National Minimum Wage
  • We advertise hundreds of events each year. Due to this high volume, the above checks should not be considered a vetting of any organisation. Students and graduates must conduct their own research and checks to clarify all details relating to the organisation and their opportunities, and make their own decision as to its suitability for their needs.
  • The Careers Service does not make checks relating to health and safety of vacancies or organisations, with the exception of UK volunteering opportunities. We recommend you check if an organisation provides insurance cover in the event of accidents/injuries, particularly for opportunities outside the UK, and that you seek appropriate insurance cover if they do not. See our international work experience section for further information on insurance matters.
  • The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage suffered by a student or graduate as a result of taking up an opportunity advertised through the University.

Job hunting issues and advice

The Careers Service provides information on the following to enable students to be more aware of some of the issues when working, volunteering or job hunting:

  • Employment rights
  • Spotting scam jobs
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Unpaid internships
  • Tax and National Insurance
  • International volunteering

For general advice on job hunting see the Find a Job section of our site.

Safety and security

  • When attending an event you must take care with, and responsibility for your belongings (e.g. bags, laptops). The Careers Service accepts no liability for any loss or damage to such items during an event.
  • Sensible precautions should be taken in attending any interviews at or following an event, including: familiarising yourself with the location in advance of the interview and letting a third person know about your whereabouts.
  • The Careers Service does not make checks relating to health and safety of vacancies or organisations, with the exception of UK volunteering opportunities. We recommend you check if an organisation provides insurance cover in the event of accidents/injuries, particularly for opportunities outside the UK, and that you seek appropriate insurance cover if they do not. See our international work experience section for further information on insurance matters.
  • If you are concerned about the health and safety arrangements of any employer, please notify the Careers Service. See 'complaints' section below.

User commitments

Students should be aware of their study obligations and not undertake work during term-time which will be detrimental to their study. The University of Manchester recommends that students work no more than 15 hours per week during term time. You should satisfy the work and attendance requirements for your programme of study. Information on these can usually be found in your programme handbook.

Users' financial commitments

  • Students and graduates should be aware of any conditions attached to scholarships or funding which they have been awarded, which concern taking up paid employment. The University accepts no responsibility for the breach of any such condition or restriction by the student.
  • The Careers Service can provide basic information on tax and National Insurance and refer to sources of advice. However, users of our service are responsible for ensuring that they pay tax and National Insurance for any paid employment they undertake, whether through PAYE as a paid employee, or through undertaking freelance or piece rate work.

Complaints

  • Students and graduates can notify the Careers Service if they believe themselves to have suffered discrimination or other inappropriate treatment by an employer at an event.
  • In such cases, the Careers Service will attempt to give appropriate advice, but may refer to other relevant organisations more qualified to provide guidance.
  • The Careers Service may choose to withdraw services from the employer where appropriate.
  • In cases where employment law has been breached, the student is solely responsible for bringing official complaints or legal action against the employer.