We recently spoke to Sara Russell, Senior Careers Consultant at the Alliance MBS Postgraduate Careers Service, to find out about the services they provide to Masters students.
How do you prepare students for the graduate jobs market?
We have a variety of presentations, workshops and one-to-one support that help you to explore what you have to offer the job market and how to articulate this in your personal branding. We also look at how to research roles, organisations and sectors so that you can make an informed choice and develop a strategy for applying.
Is there online support available?
Our short webinars are an excellent way to develop job search skills such as CV writing and interview tips. These are presented live online, with a Q&A session at the end of each. They are recorded and can be accessed through our dedicated careers portal at a later stage. We also have an MSc Facebook page and 'go live' each week on a number of topics, with questions to follow.
Do any companies visit the School to speak to Masters students?
We work closely with The University of Manchester Careers Service to advertise any relevant on-campus activities with organisations. The start of the first semester is busy with many companies targeting University of Manchester students, so we try to highlight the most relevant sessions for you.
What opportunities are there for students to meet potential employers on campus?
There are many opportunities. The University of Manchester Career Fairs are a fantastic chance to meet a range of companies in one day - one is business focused and the other is science and technology focused. Individual campus visits from companies offer dedicated recruitment information and offer skill or insight sessions that can help your job search. There are also opportunities to meet Alliance MBS Alumni at our 'Meet the Professionals' events.
Do you have any other useful tips for potential masters students?
As an MSc student you have the benefit of two careers services who work very closely together - the Alliance MBS Postgraduate Careers Service and The University of Manchester Careers Service. My tip would be to take advantage of both. Each has a wealth of knowledge, workshops and advice for you to access. There is also the opportunity to take part in the Brathay residential session in the Lake District at the start of your course. This session explores the value of teamworking and is a great way to meet your classmates and develop valuable skills for both your Masters and your career.