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Future decisions…

Now that it’s been weeks since my final exam and my graduation has taken place, it’s time for me to focus my energies on the professional world. Where do I see myself headed? Where do I want to be? How did my time at university help me prepare for this?

Quite frankly, I feel like the world is my oyster at the moment. My plan for the moment is to explore different options and do some soul-searching. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my engineering degree, I’m not sure if that’s the field I currently want to work in.

Luckily, The University of Manchester has an excellent careers service that provides face-to-face help and also has a website where you can research and find information on different professions. They will help you find suitable employment and provide you with resources during and after your degree. I wish I had made more use of it during my time at the University.

As a University of Manchester graduate, employers value your degree because of the University’s reputation, which means many graduates find employment within six month of graduation. I also benefited from doing an engineering degree in Manchester because I had work opportunities. I had a one-year industrial placement at Magnesium Elektron which gave me a taste of the professional world and the chance to learn from industry professionals. I gained useful skills during this placement that will serve me in any job, even if I choose to go down a different path.

You can also find work on campus. I worked as a Cultural Attaché with international students and as a Student Ambassador. The latter allowed me to represent the University during a variety of university-related events, like open days and outreach events, and it also provided many opportunities to develop my skills.

Hopefully this time next year I will have figured out what I want out of life and employment, and will have a job that I absolutely love. For now, I think I want to take some time out and travel the world before settling my feet somewhere.