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Careers Service


Student FAQs

We are here for you.

As you may be aware, The University of Manchester has moved many student support services to online delivery. So even though you may not be able to visit the Careers Service in person, we are still here for you - you can access our staff and our services online. Careers staff are working remotely to ensure we continue to support all students and graduates.

We realise these are challenging times and you will have many questions, you can reach us on careers.info@manchester.ac.uk or have a chat with us on our live web chat.

We have compiled a list of FAQs and concerns below which we hope will start to answer some of your questions.

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*I have a careers query but don’t have an existing appointment. Can I still speak to someone?

*I have an offer with an employer but not sure what happens now given COVID-19?

  • Whether you have an offer with an employer or you are unsure of your current situation, don’t be afraid to get in touch with your employer. Keep contacting them and make sure you have all the information you require.

*I have been offered a placement – will it go ahead?

  • If you have a confirmed offer of a placement with an employer, it is best to contact the employer directly if you have concerns. They will be able to update you as and when they have information to share.

*There is a placement being advertised that I am interested in – should I apply?

  • If you are interested in the role and it meets your course requirements, please apply!

*How can I find out what schemes/roles/placements etc. are available if I can’t meet with recruiters on campus?

  • Recruiter activity on campus has been cancelled and many will be changing the activity they have scheduled for the coming months.
  • Check CareersLink to see if there are any webinars planned and refer to the recruiters’ website directly. Any employers who are still actively recruiting for students and graduates will also be posting details via CareersLink and their own websites. If you haven’t already done so, activate your CareersLink account.
  • We would also encourage you to follow us on Social Media (Facebook / Twitter) so we can keep you up to date with any new activities we introduce to help you engage with recruiters during this time.

*How can I access support for assessment centres/applications and other aspects of the recruitment process?

  • We have lots of resources available throughout this website.
  • We are continuing to add new online workshops and events which may replace physical sessions, take a look at our Events and Lunchtime Live programmes.All events are also added to CareersLink.
  • Company recruiters usually have informative sections about their application processes on their own websites and social media pages. If you have specific questions about the application processes of a particular company, we would advise you to check their website first and then contact them directly.

*If you are not offering any physical networking events, what are my options to make contact with people in these sectors?

  • Some of the Meet the Professionals events have been moved online. There will be a new programme of events coming up in Semester 1 for you to sign up to. The information about these sessions are regularly updated on CareersLink. Search CareersLink for new events.
  • All students can still access the “Ask Me About” service via the Manchester Network. You can access the advice from hundreds of alumni working in a range of professions and sectors. It’s a fantastic resource and we would strongly encourage you to make use of it.

International students FAQs

*I am in the UK and want to continue to support my employability, what can I do?

  • There are lots of Careers resources on our website, preparing your CV is a good start ,or thinking of examples you could use at an interview, preparing for the online testing using a free UoM partnership service called Graduates First where you can practice Situational Judgement Tests and Gamification models used by employers.
  • There are lots of online workshops uploaded on our YouTube channel that you can watch for free. Keep checking in with CareersLink for future online events run by the Careers Service and different employers.

*I am no longer in the UK – how can I access career opportunities in my home country?

  • There's currently hundreds of vacancies on CareersLink for you to explore; watch this video to find out how to filter your search criteria by your preferred location or look up vacancies with language requirements.
  • You can also register a free account with Passport Career to explore jobs, internships and volunteering programmes around the world and access over 90 country profiles with local labour market insights and suggested job search strategies for your region.
  • Discover further country-specific information on the Prospects working abroad guide including top employers and popular job search sites in your preferred location.

*How can I make new contacts while I am away from campus?

  • Keeping in touch with your existing contacts and making new ones while you are away from campus can help you uncover opportunities you may not have otherwise been exposed to.
  • With over 500,000 Manchester graduates worldwide, our University has the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK. Connecting with our international alumni groups and Associations, run by over 240 dedicated alumni contacts, is just one way of building a wide professional network. Contact international alumni volunteers directly or join region-specific Facebook and LinkedIn alumni groups here.
  • You can also use LinkedIn to connect with alumni and other professionals in sectors that interest you.
  • Keep checking CareersLink for newly added online events or follow our Facebook group for international students and graduates.

*What do I need to do about reporting a change in circumstances on my visa?

  • Please contact your School who will be able to advise you on the University of Manchester and your programme changes. You should have received emails from Teaching and Learning Staff updating you on these changes.
  • There is information online in FAQs please scroll down to ‘I am worried about my visa status’. You will find links to the Home Office and also guidance on what to do about reporting and visa registrations.
  • There are also regular updates on the website from UK Council for International Student Affairs, you can call them free on 0800 678 1767, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or email CIH@homeoffce.gov.uk

*What are the latest updates on the proposed Graduate Immigration Route?

  • In September 2019, the UK government announced its intention to introduce a new Graduate Immigration Route to be launched in the summer of 2021. This proposed new immigration route will enable international students to apply for a post-study work visa and remain in the UK for two years to work, or look for work, in any sector and at any level. You should continue to monitor the Home Office website for any updates regarding this.
  • Explore your current options for working in the UK after graduation.

Update from Enterprise Club

Although our face-to-face events have been postponed, Enterprise Club have produced lots of helpful content, including blogs and webinars to help you develop your business whilst at home.

Summer internships, graduate internships and bursaries

*Student Experience Internships (SEI’s) - I have been offered an SEI internship – will it go ahead?

  • The SEI Team and your Hiring Manager will communicate any developments via email, so please check your student email regularly.
  • This may mean that SEI start dates already confirmed will be subject to adjustment.
  • The SEI Team and your internship Hiring Manager will communicate any changes to this date to you.

*Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT) - “I have been offered a graduate job – will it go ahead?

  • If you have a confirmed offer of a graduate job with an employer, it is best to contact the employer directly if you have concerns. They will be able to update you as and when they have information to share. Please also feel free to contact the MGT team if you have any questions/concerns.

*There is a MGT being advertised that I am interested in – should I apply?

  • If you are interested in the role, please apply!
  • If you are unsure whether the vacancy is still available or if you have any questions about the start date, please contact the MGT team.
  • Remember, you can also receive application advice from the MGT team when you submit an application. We will offer you the chance to resubmit your application before we forward it on to the recruiting organisation.

*I am worried that I won’t be able to secure a graduate level role – is MGT 2020 still advertising?

  • MGT is still continuing to advertise a variety of different roles for recent graduates and finalists. UoM MGT recruitment is included in the university’s recruitment freeze, but as/when this is lifted we will be able to advertise such roles. As we continuously monitor the situation, we will endeavour to keep you updated both on the MGT Facebook Group and via e-mail for updates regarding any MGT roles.

*I put in a bursary application for 2019/2020. What’s going to happen?

  • In light of Coronavirus, the Careers Service has taken the decision to pause all Work Experience Bursary awards until further notice. If you have already submitted an application, the information you have provided will be recorded. If the situation changes, we will contact you with regards to reviewing your application for a bursary award.

*Can I still apply for a bursary?

  • The scheme is currently not accepting any new applications. This is a decision that has not been taken lightly, and will be reviewed on an on-going basis. If the situation does change, we will update our website with information.