Jobs and Work Experience During Study

In today’s competitive job market, employers are more likely to recruit graduates who have gained work experience alongside their studies.

Why is work experience important?

Work experience can significantly increase your prospects of securing a graduate level job. It enhances the skills and knowledge gained throughout your degree, allows you to gain knowledge of working in a particular sector or role, and helps you to make more informed career decisions.

The experience and skills you gain can help to boost your CV and future job applications.

To view part-time jobs, work experience opportunities, placements, graduate roles and internships, visit My Career Hub (log in using your student number and password):

View jobs on Career Hub

For part-time job opportunities on campus, see Jobs4Students.

Types of work experience

The University encourages all employers offering any work experience, placement or internship opportunity to pay as a minimum, the national minimum wage (unless this is compulsory work experience, placement or internship that forms an integral and assessed part of a programme of study).

If you feel that there is an unpaid opportunity that will benefit your long-term career goal, we advise that this does not exceed two weeks. The University encourages all employers who are not able to provide paid work experience to provide travel expenses or other benefits in kind.

You can now search for work experience opportunities, sandwich placements, summer internships and jobs on-campus using the Placer app. Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play. There are hundreds of opportunities available and you can apply from many vacancies directly from the app.

Manchester Met's Student's Union run the online volunteering hub, where you can search for volunteering opportunities and keep a record of your hours and skills.

Volunteering opportunities with The Union

You can also find your own work experience opportunities. This can be worthwhile if want experience in a particular sector or location. You can make a speculative application to an organisation rather than applying for an advertised opportunity (many jobs are not openly advertised). You can also find out about opportunities at specific organisations by following them on social media.

When to apply

Allow plenty of time to apply for opportunities. For example, if you are looking for work over the summer, contact employers between January and Easter. Some schemes have closing dates in the autumn, so start your research as soon as possible.

If you are looking to travel and develop new skills over the summer, there are many opportunities including summer camps, working holidays, volunteer projects and internships in some of the world's most exciting locations, and the UK! Some of the established providers include Camp America, BUNAC, InternChina, in addition to summer courses at our partner universities and opportunities for organised study and work abroad.

The quality of your application will determine whether you will be invited for interview. The following resources will help to apply for jobs and prepare for interview.

CVs and applications

Interviews and assessment centres

You can also get advice at the Employability Hub drop-in from 1 – 4pm, Monday to Friday in the Business School Building.

Making the most of your work experience

Build up your professional network – identify people whose work interests you and ask for their advice. Use the professional networking site LinkedIn to connect with your co-workers. MMyou interactive careers centre has a range of guides to help you build and manage your LinkedIn profile (log in using your student ID and password):

Guides to LinkedIn

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