Manchester Metropolitan University

Your Starting Point

Whatever stage you are at with your job search or career planning, we can help you.

When you enrol each year, as part of the registration process we will ask you two questions about your career thinking and work experience.

Choose the statement below that best fits your current career thinking:

I am not ready to start thinking about my career options

Not having 'career' at the top of your list is very common.

But starting to get involved with the student opportunities that are available can help you to develop your career thinking, and can make a positive contribution to your university experience.

Whilst at University there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in student life, part-time work, work experience, involvement in societies, volunteering, study abroad etc.

To make the most of your time at university, look at all the student opportunities available to you.

These can be used to help you gain the Futures Skills Award, a way to get your skills and ability recognised.

The sooner you start preparing for what happens next after you graduate , the more at ease you will feel once that day comes.

Once you feel more ready to think about your career options, you may want to see one of the Careers team.

You don't need to know what career you want, but we can help you see the wide range of career choices you have.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I have no firm career ideas, but I do want to start exploring my options

Career decisions can be hard to make and it is likely there will be a wide range of options open to you.

Most employers are more interested in your ability and potential, rather than your subject of study.

For some practical starting points on making career decisions, see the section exploring your career options.

You can also find out what graduates from MMU have achieved through the section, meet our alumni.

To speak to employers and get a feel for what it is like to work in different occupations, keep up to date with our on-campus careers events.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories includes videos of students from different subject areas and their journey to work.

The student opportunities available can also help you explore your options.

These, and other opportunities available, can contribute to our Futures Skills Award, a way to get your skills and ability recognised.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I have some career ideas in mind and am ready to start planning my next steps

Whatever options you are considering, we have careers staff to help you plan your future.

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

Our make yourself employable section will give you an insight on what skills employers look for.

Make the most of your time at university to develop these key skills through the student opportunities available to you.

To speak to employers and get a feel for what it is like to work in different occupations, check the careers events taking place.

For ideas of where your degree might lead check out our degree related information section, exploring your career options.

You can also find out what graduates from MMU have achieved through the section, meet our alumni.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories includes videos of students from different subject areas and their journey to work. 

If you are thinking about starting your own business, check this section on working for yourself.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I have a career in mind and am looking for work experience

For information and advice on your options, how to find work experience and what other students have done, look at our section on work experience, placements and internships.

Applications for work experience are at an all time high and submitting a strong application can be essential.

Ensure that you submit a strong and targeted application. Check out the tips and advice in our section CVs, applications and interviews.

You can also find information on advanced selection methods such as assessment centres.

Remember, make sure you get your applications checked before you submit them.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories provide you with access to a wealth of information to help you.

The Futures Skills Award is a great way to get your skills and ability recognised by potential employers offering work experience.

You may also want to look at the opportunities to work on campus that Job4Students advertise.

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I know what I want to do as a career, but I am not sure how to get there

To make a start with your planning, find out how you can get help and advice from the Careers team.

To meet employers and get their insight on your chosen industry check out the options available.

If you are struggling to find vacancies check our section on work experience, placements and internships.

For information and advice on the range of approaches you can use to find opportunities check out our pages on how to make yourself employable.

Our Mentor Me programme helps you to connect with our alumni network. Our alumni are graduates of the University, many of whom are willing to mentor current students.   

If you are thinking about starting your own business, check this section on working for yourself.

Remember, make sure you get all your applications checked before you submit them.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories provide you with access to a wealth of general and career specific information to help you. 

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I want to spend a year gaining experience

If you are looking to do this as part of your course, the Careers and Placements teams will help you consider the full range of options available.

This may range from a one year industrial placements to a year of different experiences in different sectors (paid or voluntary).

Find out more information in our section work experience, placements and internships.

If your department does not offer a year in industry there may be other opportunities in your faculty.

You may also be interested in spending your year working or studying abroad.

If you are interested in working in Europe, look at the funding and support available through the ERASMUS scheme.

If you are looking to take a year out after you have graduated, check the information from Target Jobs marketing your gap year to employers.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories provide you with access to a wealth of information to help you.  

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I am ready to apply for graduate level opportunities

There are many different types of graduate level opportunities.

To find out more about these and where to find them, check our section jobs after you graduate.

Postgraduate research students may want to look at our section on postgraduate research career options.

If you are thinking about starting your own business, check the section working for yourself.

If applying for jobs, remember that a strong and targeted application is essential. Check our tips and advice in the section CVs, applications and interviews.

You can also find information on advanced selection methods such as assessment centres.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories provide you with access to a wealth of information to help you.  

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can also get applications checked via our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I am ready to apply for further study

Check out our section on further study for information on your options and the funding that may be available.

You may also want to consider the option to study abroad.

Find information on personal statements etc. in our section, careers videos, guides and directories.

For expert one-to-one advice, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I have been applying, but without success

We know how disheartening this can be, especially given the time it takes to research and complete an application.

Remember, the market is very competitive at the moment so it is harder to be successful at the application stage.

Check out our section on CVs, applications and interviews for information and advice on all stages of the application process.

You will see that we also have information on assessment centres and psychometric tests.

Our section careers videos, guides and directories can provide you with access to a wealth of information to help you.  

Did you know the Careers Centre will check your applications for you?

For expert one-to-one advice, bring your application form or CV, find out how you can see one of the Careers team.

If you are away from campus you can use our online e-Guidance service, Ask a Question to contact us.

To keep up to date with the latest events and news, follow us on Twitter.

I am already in my chosen career or am not looking for any help with my career planning

The University has a very active alumni programme, in the UK and overseas. So when you graduate do remember the alumni benefits available to you and remember to register with them.

We also follow up our recent graduates to ask about their career progression.

When contacted, please take time to talk to us and keep in touch.

Remember, when you graduate you are still able to take advantage of the graduate careers support available.

Don't miss out

Your time at university is not just about study.

You can get involved is a range of different programmes and activities that will help you to develop your full potential.

Look at all the opportunities that are available to you.

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