Graduate Careers Stories

Careers are no longer linear. Your first role out of university is very unlikely to be a life-long job. Chances are you'll not only change jobs, but companies and even sectors too. Careers are full of twists and turns, with each step teaching us something about ourselves, what matters to us and the skills we enjoy using.

Your first few years after university provide an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your skillset, expand your professional network and gain experience in the working world.

For inspiration and reassurance, view the careers stories of some other University of Manchester graduates now:

  • Aiswarya I started in tech but fancied a change
  • Amane I found something that let me solve problems
  • Ebubechukwu I got a place on a grad scheme at EY
  • Emily I found a role in a sector I didn't know much about
  • Hatty I always knew I wanted to teach
  • Ilhan I did an MGT internship before embarking on a grad scheme
  • James I studied engineering but ended up in investment banking
  • Joshua I wanted to work in the UK as an international graduate and use my Master's degree
  • Koyesha I used my Masters degree to get a job with the UK government
  • Leanna I didn't know what I wanted to do, so took time out to try different things
  • Liam I knew I wanted to do something specific to my degree
  • Lucy I changed sectors after my grad scheme
  • Lynnie I'm doing something totally different from my degree
  • Manahil I finished my Masters and landed a grad scheme
  • Michael I looked at alternatives to research after finishing my degree
  • Mihaela My career and interests have changed and developed over time
  • Minerva I moved from industry to academia
  • Ning I've tailored my career to my interests
  • Noor I used my network and work experience to narrow down what I wanted to do
  • Sharon I used an internship to get my foot in the door
  • Shaun I left my graduate job to do a PhD
  • Shentao I knew I wanted to stay in the UK and use my Master’s degree
  • Sophie I'm building a career in Careers
  • Tsana I work on improving diversity in the creative sector
  • Zuhairi I've worked in a similar role across multiple sectors