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

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If you have a job offer

*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.

Careers Events on Campus

All events activity on campus has been temporarily suspended. We have responded to some FAQs below but please email the Email the Careers Events Team if you have any additional questions.

*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.

*Skills sessions have been cancelled. How can I access support for assessment centres/applications and other aspects of the recruitment process?

  • We have lots of resources available on our interviews pages
  • We will be adding new webinars and online events which may replace physical sessions, take a look at our Lunchtime Live programme. Once all events are confirmed they will be 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 (Meet the Professionals, Enviromingle), what are my options to make contact with people in these sectors?

  • 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.

*I have applied for Global Graduates – what’s happening?

  • Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 there will be changes to Global Graduates 2020.
  • We are continuing with the shortlisting process and will be in touch with applicants’ week commencing 23rd March 2020 to let them know if they are through to the next stage of the selection process.
  • All applicants can request written feedback.
  • The Global Graduates Team is currently looking at alternatives for this year’s programme and students who have been shortlisted to the next stage will be kept informed.

*I wanted to attend the Insight into Broadcasting but it’s been cancelled. What can I do?

  • If you are not already a member, please join the Media Club Facebook group.
  • We would encourage all new and existing members to post questions and use this group to tell us how we can support you.
  • The Media Club team will do our best to share advice and information through the group to answer your questions.
  • Members can also help each other by interacting on there too.
  • We do have Careers Consultants who specialise in advising students who are interested in Media Careers and you can still access their advice services in a a number of ways.

*Update from Enterprise Club

  • Although our face-to-face events have been postponed, Enterprise Club are working to produce lots of helpful content, including blogs and webinars to help you develop your business whilst at home.
  • Make sure to join Enterprise Club
  • If you have any questions email the Enterprise Team

Careers Appointments

*I have an existing appointment booked to see my Careers Consultant on campus, can I still have my appointment?

  • Your appointment will remain in place but will be moved to either an online platform such as Skype or ZOOM. Alternatively it may be changed to a telephone appointment instead. The Careers Information, Advice and Guidance team will be in touch with you to make alternative arrangements for your appointment. Please check the email address you are registered with on CareersLink and ensure we have an up to date phone number for you for text alerts.

*Will there be any FSE careers drop in meetings for students?

  • The drop-ins on campus have been cancelled. If you still wish to speak to a Careers Consultant, please email us to book an online appointment.

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

  • Yes! You can either book an online appointment which can be via Skype (or equivalent) or by telephone . Email us to schedule your appointment or use our webchat.
  • If you have a quick question this can be answered via our online webchat or via email.

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.

Placements

*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.

* I have an assessment centre/interview coming up – should I attend?

  • It is highly likely that employers are reviewing upcoming interviews and assessment centres to either postpone them or move them to online/skype interviews.
  • Any changes will be communicated to you by the employer. If you are worried, please contact the employer directly.

*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!
  • Remember – most roles being advertised now won’t be starting until the summer.

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.

* I have an interview coming up – should I attend?

  • It is highly likely that employers are reviewing upcoming interviews to either postpone them or move them to online/Skype interviews.
  • Any changes will be communicated to you by the employer or the MGT team. If you are worried, please contact the employer directly or email the MGT team.

*There is a graduate job 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.

“First Insights” Programme

* Will the First Insight Programme be taking place this Easter?

  • Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the First Insight Programme for Easter. The programme should be running again in October 2020

Work experience bursary

* 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.

* If the situation is back to normal by June/July can I make a late application?

  • At present the scheme is closed, however, if the situation does change we will update our website with information.

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.
  • Why not update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Keep checking in with Careerslink for Employer and Careers Service webinars.

*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 Careers 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.
  • To help you continue connecting with international recruiters and employers, we are also converting many of our physical events into online events. 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 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 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.