Careers Service


Self employment and starting your own business

There is an increasing trend for some graduates to start their own business rather than pursuing the traditional graduate training scheme. Self-employment could provide a more flexible way to live and earn. Developing and nurturing your enterprising streak could be beneficial in whatever career path you take. Recruiters will appreciate your creativity, innovation and self-motivation.

You may be involved in running a business alongside your studies, or in the holidays, already. Considering expanding this as a potential graduate job could be an exciting challenge.

Where do I start?

A good starting point to thinking about the possibilities of self-employment could be to consider if you have enough self-belief and have the right personality along with assessing the strength of your business idea. Developing a business plan, testing out the market and securing financial investment are also major issues. All are contained in our guide:

Support for starting your own business

Ask about business start-up or self employment when booking a Careers appointment and look out for our events on CareersLink

Other beneficial activities to inspire an enterprising mind-set include

International students: Start-up visa

A new Start-up visa scheme was introduced in March 2019, which replaces the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.

If you are a current student or graduate of The University of Manchester and wish to receive further details about the application process when available, please e-mail: startupvisa@manchester.ac.uk

The first deadline for applications will be mid-September.