A CAMPAIGN to support this year's graduates in their search for work has been launched by the University.
Talent@MMU seeks to raise awareness amongst employers of the skills and talents of our graduates and encourage more vacancies to be flagged directly to the University.
Careers bosses also want more students to be employed 'on placement' to increase their employability skills*.
The number of annual recruitment fairs has fallen sharply in the difficult climate and many students are expected to face a fight for jobs in July despite gaining a degree.
A new website – Talent@MMU - now serves as a one-stop shop for employers, graduates, students and staff, and the campaign is being promoted around campus, through e-marketing to employers and via the media.
Emma Leech, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development, said: "Talent@MMU has been triggered by the economic downturn and is in line with our employability agenda – it's about doing everything we can to 'launch' students successfully into the job market."
Student Union President Nicola Lee said: "This is a great initiative and we welcome the proactive approach the university has taken to help our students and graduates translate their academic success into career success, especially in these uncertain times."
Rita Lewin, Deputy Director of Student Services and Head of the Centre for Student Employability and Success, said that the campaign had been designed with colleagues across the University to ensure that it is both timely and effective: "The Employability and Careers Service can do lots to support both students and graduates, and we really want to get the message across that we are here to help our graduates for up to three years after graduation."