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Making yourself more employable

Making yourself more employable

Getting involved in all that university has to offer will increase your confidence, skills and help you gain a competitive edge when it comes time to apply for graduate jobs.  Employers are looking for well-rounded people who have a great set of transferable skills.

Students at Manchester also graduate with the Higher Education Achievement Record,   alongside their degree certificate. The HEAR records any extra curricular activities students have been involved with while at The University of Manchester, and outlines the skills they have gained through these.

At Manchester, opportunities to develop employability skills include:

Accessing careers support at Manchester: The University of Manchester Careers Service support and guidance is available from day one. They can support Manchester students and graduates to:

  • find part-time work or volunteering opportunities while studying
  • think through career options with one-to-one guidance
  • explore the opportunities open to you through career events on campus
  • provide opportunities for career mentoring
  • access vacancies exclusive to Manchester students and graduates.

Taking a course unit from University College for Interdisciplinary Learning: University College presents an opportunity for students at The University of Manchester to broaden their educational horizons. Students can take course units that showcase the breadth and depth of research and knowledge found at the University, beyond the boundaries of their degree programme.

The Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) is one of the course units offered by University College.   This gives students a unique combination of academic study and volunteering. Students that take the MLP develop leadership skills and make a contribution to the local community. Completion of the programme results in the Manchester Leadership Award.

Becoming a Student Ambassador: Many of your interactions with the University through UMASS will include Student Ambassadors. These current Manchester students are part of the Student Ambassador Programme at the University. They get involved in a wide range of activities with students of all ages, from primary school children to sixth formers both on and off campus. Student Ambassadors promote university through their own experience, often to students who have little or no prior knowledge of university and what to expect.

Taking part in the Sports Volunteer Scheme: This scheme run by the SPORTS team at Manchester gives students the opportunity to work with local community groups while earning themselves coaching or referring qualifications. This scheme is particularly appealing to students that are passionate about sport and getting people involved in sport.

Volunteering in the local community: There is a wide ranging volunteer scheme run by the Careers Service which helps students find volunteering opportunities in not-for-profit organizations. Evidence of volunteering experience is really valued by graduate recruiters, particularly those firms that place corporate social responsibility highly on their agenda.