Research among university students shows a high prevalence of mental health difficulties, and university counselling services are reporting an increase in demand for their services. With this in mind, whether you have a mental health condition or are looking to support a fellow student or peer, it’s important to know that there are a wide range of resources to support Manchester Met students in their work aspirations, studies, and wellbeing.
Mental health conditions and disabilities can make the world of work seem even more daunting, but the Careers & Employability Service can provide support through all stages of career development, from making a career plan and perfecting a CV, to developing interview skills and getting work experience.
Marina Matosic, Faculty Careers & Employability Manager and Specialist Careers Adviser, explains: “Living with an invisible disability can throw up a few issues when job hunting, such as ‘Do I need to tell an employer?’, ‘Will they discriminate against me?’, or ‘Will I cope?’ For support and advice, come and see me – 60 minute appointments are available.”
Did you know…
- You can book a careers appointment with Marina Matosic, a specialist careers adviser, to get advice on aligning career goals with a mental health condition. Appointments can be booked by phoning 0161 247 3483 or visiting the Employability Hub in the Business School.
- You can access our free guide on Careers Advice for Disabled Students and Graduates, which contains links for mental health issues, as well as other disability resources.
- Keep an eye out for careers workshops relating to mental health and disability on My Career Hub.
- On top of a great place to find vacancies, networking events with top graduate employers, and first-hand success stories, MyPlus Student Club has amazing resources on topics including disclosure, accounting for differences in your CV, asking for adjustments in the recruitment process, and more.
- Mind also offers great advice on applying for jobs, disclosure, equality in recruitment and the workplace, and useful contacts.
In addition to a supportive Careers & Employability Service, Manchester Met students can also access a wide range of other services.
Did you know…
- Greater Manchester will be the first place in the country to establish a dedicated centre to help support higher education students with mental health needs thanks to a new partnership between the region’s four universities and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
- Throughout the year, the Manchester Met Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team are available for counselling and mental health and wellbeing mentoring. They also run courses and workshops on a range of health and wellbeing issues, including managing anxiety and depression, alcohol or sleep issues, thinking of leaving and more.
- You can find the Manchester Met Disability Service in the Business School Employability Hub, by calling 0161 247 3491, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re available to provide advice and ensure there’s no disadvantage in studies as a result of a mental health condition, disability, or Specific Learning Difficulty.
- There’s a great Student Wellbeing page on the Manchester Met website, which has loads of info on having fun, staying healthy and getting involved. You can also check out Student Minds, which aims to empower university students to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
Whether you’re the speaker or the listener, take advantage of the fantastic resources and services available for support on career and wellbeing journeys.
- by Sarah Reith, Careers & Employability Assistant