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.