Careers Service


Postgrad Careers Events

Where do I find information about careers events for postgraduates?

  • Most of our careers events are open to all our students, including postgraduates. Look out particularly for employer and alumni events - employers and alumni will often only visit once a year, for all students.
  • Check out our events page on the Careers Service website or login to Careerslink, our Careers Service database of vacancies, events and recruiting organisations.
  • Look out for announcements via Twitter (@Manunicareers and @ManPGRCareers) and our other social media.
  • Postgrad Careers Talks
    Details of our regular series of postgraduate careers talks are below. For talks which are coming up, details include timings and venue. Missed the talks? You can catch up with the slides and podcasts (slides + audio) here: Postgrad Careers Talks.

Events to look out for:

Some careers events are particularly appropriate for postgraduates, including a number specifically targeted at PGRs (postgraduate researchers). Our interactive PGR Life calendar of events highlights:

  • Careers Service postgraduate careers events.
  • Careers events not organised by the Careers Service, including employer and student organised events.
  • Social and other events to help you make the most of your time at the University of Manchester.

Postgraduate Careers Talks

Whether you're looking for an introduction to postgrad careers, need a refresher, or want to go beyond the basics, this programme of 50 minute talks will get you started. Open to taught and research postgrads across the University.


Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: Finding a job this academic year

Whether you’re in the middle of a one year Masters or are coming into the home strait of your PhD, if you’ve decided you’ll need a job sometime in the next 12 months, this will get you started. This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • Smart targeting – homing in on your ideal job, plus what to apply for when you don’t know what you want to do
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs
  • Smart timing – knowing what happens when, so you don’t miss it

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks


Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: CVs and other types of written application

If you haven’t applied for professional jobs recently (or you have, but could do with an update), this 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • What should go into a CV
  • A quick formula for your covering letters
  • How to structure application form answers

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks


Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Written applications which stand out

You know the basics of CVs and online profiles, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Curate your life (Tailoring and presenting the most appropriate version of yourself to an employer)
  • From description to insight (Addressing the "so what?" factor, making sense of your life to an employer)
  • Make every word count (Using words with impact, professionalism without losing your personality)

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks


Postgrad Careers - The Essentials: Interviews and other types of assessment

Employers are always finding fiendish new ways of assessing whether you are the right person for their job, but interviews never go out of fashion. This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • Tackling tricky interview questions
  • Preparation and performance to make the best impression
  • Other assessment techniques to be prepared for, including online and face-to-face tests

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks


Postgrad Careers – Beyond the Basics: Interviews – latest trends and tips

You know the basics of interviews, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? And what are some of the new ways you might be assessed? This 50 minute talk will focus on three tricky areas which can really make a difference:

  • Find the feeling (Tackling strengths based interviews)
  • Thinking in bullets (How to tackle tricky questions and brain fade)
  • What's in shot? (Professionalise your video interviews)

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks


Postgrad Careers – The Essentials: Becoming an academic

A postgraduate degree can be the first step on a long journey to becoming an academic. It’s one of the most competitive careers there is, but someone has to make it – could it be you? This 50 minute talk will cover the fundamentals of:

  • What do today’s academics really do?
  • Pathways to academic careers – variations by discipline, by academic role and by location
  • What are my chances – and how do I improve them?

Resources - see Postgrad Careers Talks