Making the most of your time at Manchester Metropolitan University

Whether you’re starting your first year of study or you’re settling into your degree, you should be thinking about whether you’re getting everything you can out of your time at university. 

Why should I get involved?

As a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, you have access to a huge range of events, opportunities, and services – and the more you get involved in these experiences, the more opportunities you’re likely to have after graduation.

Being actively involved in university life and the community will help you to try new things, gain experience, build your confidence, and develop valued employability skills.

When should I start?

Getting involved as early as possible is key – that way you can start building up your skills, so that you can highlight them to an employer in a CV, application and/or interview. There’s no better time to start than now!

What are my options?

There are so many ways that you can get involved, have fun, and build your employability skills. Here are a few…

GET INVOLVED:


Student Clubs, Societies, and Events

From hobbies to academic groups and more, there is an impressive range of clubs, societies, and events to choose from — all set up and run by students. Find out more: theunionmmu.org

Joining (or creating) a society can add depth to your CV by showing that you were engaged in your field and university life beyond your degree. Skills you could gain include leadership, time-management, administration, event planning, and subject knowledge.

MMU Sport

MMU Sport offers something for everyone, whether you want to be active for fun, to compete or to represent Manchester Met. You can even enjoy free sports and activities on campus every week with the Active Campus programme. Choose your sport here: mmu.ac.uk/sport

Aside from keeping fit, you could gain skills like teamwork, handling pressure, and resilience.

GAIN EXPERIENCE:


Volunteering

Volunteering can benefit you as much as the cause you choose to support. You can gain experience that complements your degree, adds to your CV, and improves your self-confidence.

Time commitments vary from microvolunteering (as few as 5-30 minutes) to regular weekly or monthly commitments, so you’re sure to find something that fits your schedule.

The Union Volunteer Opportunity Portal: theunionmmu.org/volunteering

MMU Sport Volunteering Programme: mmusv.com

Jobs on Campus

Jobs4Students offers students paid, professional work, including general and faculty-specific roles such research projects, sport roles, event ambassadors, peer mentors, residential advisors, IT support, and many more: mmu.ac.uk/jobs4students

You’ll develop a wide range of skills, from subject-specific technical skills to transferable skills like communication and problem-solving.

Jobs outside the University

The Careers and Employability Service advertises hundreds of vacancies for employers who are looking to employ our students. You can search and apply for part-time work, internships, placements, graduate roles and more, to boost your CV with relevant and transferable experience: mmu.ac.uk/careerhub

Placements and Enhanced Third Term

Placements and Enhanced Third Term opportunities enable you to gain valuable industry-related work experience in a sector that interests you:

Placements: mmu.ac.uk/placements

Enhanced Third Term: mmu.ac.uk/thirdtermactivity

You can use the skills gained during your studies in a practical environment, and show graduate employers that you have the experience and skills to excel in their workplace.

GAIN SKILLS & AWARDS:


Your degree is not the only thing that interests potential recruiters. Add value to your CV by getting involved in projects and initiatives, which provide evidence of gaining new skills and participating in activities beyond your course.

Future Skills Award

Designed in partnership with employers and staff, this Award enables you to develop your skills and learn how to evidence them when looking for work, helping you to prepare for future career success. Find out more: www.mmu.ac.uk/futures

iDEA

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award is a programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through a series of online challenges and events, you can gain knowledge, skills, and an industry-recognised award that will help you stand out from the crowd. Get started: www.idea.org.uk

Opportunities within your Faculty

Find out about competitions, initiatives, and projects available in your faculty. Consider community outreach events, hackathons, and local and national competitions where you can gain experience and stand out from the crowd. Get started here or see your Faculty Careers Team or department for the full range of opportunities open to you.

Mentor Me

Get matched with a mentor in industry and receive information and advice to support you in making decisions about your future: mmu.ac.uk/careers/students/guide-to-services/mentor-me

LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com)

Access free online learning across a range of topics and skills. Simply choose your level of experience to identify which course is right for you: lynda.com

How do I choose what to do?

Whether you’re starting your first year of study or you’re about to graduate, researching your career options is the first step. Starting early will help you to make the most of your time at University, identify key skills and qualifications that employers look for, and start taking steps to work towards your career goals. Don’t know what you want to do yet? That’s part of the process. Start exploring your options: mmu.ac.uk/careers

We’re here for you. 

The Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to supporting you in your career development journey. You can access the services and support throughout your studies and for up to three years after you graduate.

Career Resources

You have access to hundreds of guides and resources, from finding out what type of work would suit you to practicing video interviews. Check out mmu.ac.uk/careers/guides and mmu.ac.uk/mmyou.

Careers News and Opportunities

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, opportunities, and insights from students, graduates, and Careers Service staff: mmu.ac.uk/careers/news

My Career Hub Portal

Find part-time jobs, internships, placements, graduate schemes and more on My Career Hub. It’s updated regularly by employers and Careers Service staff, so check regularly! mmu.ac.uk/careerhub

Ask a Careers Question Online

Whether you have initial questions about our services and upcoming events, or want to ask about your career options and finding job opportunities, this service allows you to access online support: mmu.ac.uk/careersquestion 

Workshops and Events

Attend workshops, employer presentations, job fairs, and more to help you develop your skills and prepare for life after graduation. Remember, the sooner you get involved, the better! Find out more: mmu.ac.uk/careers/events

Careers Drop-In

Need help with your CV or application? Looking for work? Find your faculty drop-in at mmu.ac.uk/careers/students/guide-to-services/faculty-careers-support/

One-to-One Careers Adviser Appointments

Get expert advice on a wide range of subjects including career options, looking for work, interviews, assessment centres, postgraduate study, and working or studying abroad. To book an appointment, please call 0161 247 3483 or book on mmu.ac.uk/careerhub.

Questions?
If you would like advice on the information, events and services best suited to your needs, please call us on 0161 247 3483 or email careers@mmu.ac.uk.

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:


For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers