Postgraduate Careers Talks

Each autumn and spring we run a programme of careers talks specifically aimed at postgraduates

But what if you can't be there in person?

No problems - scroll down for resources from the latest talks.


Online workshops, autumn 2020

All talks below were delivered by GoToWebinar in autumn 2020.


Finished your taught postgraduate programme? Next steps for your career
Delivered 7th October, 4:00-5:00pm

Congratulations! You’ve just finished your taught postgraduate programme – but now you’re wondering about your next career step… This online workshop will cover:

  • The current job market
  • Recruitment this year - what’s changed, what’s continuing as normal
  • Resources to help your search for a job or PhD
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs or PhDs

Finished your PGT 2020 - what next? - slides (pdf)


The job market & how to navigate it for Doctoral Researchers
Delivered on 9th October, 10:00-11:00am

If you’re coming into the home strait of your PhD, and you’re ready to think about “what next?”, this guide to the job market, academic and non-academic, and how to navigate it will get you started. This online workshop, aimed at PhDs and other doctoral researchers will cover the fundamentals of:

  • The current job market
  • Recruitment this year - what’s changed, what’s continuing as normal
  • Resources to help your search for a job
  • Smart tactics to uncover more jobs for PhDs

The job market and how to navigate it for doctoral researchers - slides (pdf)


Finding a job in 2021 for taught postgraduates
Delivered on 15th October, 12:00-1:00pm

If you’re due to finish your taught postgraduate programme in 2021 and will be looking for a job, find out whether you need to get started right now or can afford to wait – it all depends on the type of job you want and when recruiters will be looking for candidates. This online workshop will cover the The current job market and where it might be going next year

  • Recruitment this year – when to get started
  • Resources to help your search for a job or PhD
  • How the Careers Service can support your job search this semester – and beyond

Finding a job in 2021 for taught postgraduates - slides (pdf)


CVs and Applications for Postgrads - The Basics
Delivered on 26th October, 12:00-1:00pm

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

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

CVs and applications for postgrads 2020 - slides (pdf)


CVs and Applications for Postgrads - Worked examples and Q&A
Delivered on 2nd November, 12:00-1:00pm

You know the principles of CVs and applications, you can read the handouts - how do you go from competent to outstanding? This online workshop will focus on examples from 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)

CVs and applications - worked examples PGs 2020 - slides (pdf)


Preparing for Interviews and Assessments for Postgrads
Delivered on 5th November, 1:00-2:00pm

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 online workshop 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

Interviews and assessment for postgrads - slides (pdf)


Becoming an academic
Delivered on 16th November, 3:00-4:00pm

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 online workshop 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?

Becoming an academic 2020 - slides (pdf)

Apologies, but due to problems during the recording of this talk, a video of the talk is currently not available.

However, if you are a University of Manchester doctoral researcher or student (current or recent - graduated in the last 2 years), you can discuss academic or non-academic careers with one of our careers consultants using our appointment system.