It’s tough being a new Masters postgrad. You’re still getting to grips with which bus will get you home, and where’s the best place to eat on campus – and then we start telling you that if you don’t get started on your career right now, you’ll end up jobless and destitute at the end of your course.
OK, I try not to be that scary, but it is true that a lot of recruitment works on an annual cycle and it does all start right now. Lots of big employers expect you to apply now for jobs starting in Autumn 2011.
Even if you’re looking for something more than a “graduate job”, or are thinking of setting up your own business, or want to do a PhD, it’s worth taking a bit of time to work out what to do when – read on for more.
Employers on campus
We work hard to encourage employers to visit Manchester – we’re voted the employers’ favourite UK careers service each year, which means lots of them are happy to venture out of London and come and talk to you.
However, they often only visit once a year, and the visits start next week.
Did you know?
If you ignore your career over the next 6 weeks, you will miss 45 employer talks, and 180 employers & exhibitors visiting Manchester.
What Happens When: UK graduate and postgraduate recruitment
Here’s an overview of recruitment and careers activity over the coming year – click on the image for a larger view:
The timetable is also available as a pdf to download – UK Graduate & Postgraduate Recruitment
No such thing as a typical Masters postgrad
I think that Masters postgrads are the most diverse group within the university – you’ve got widely different backgrounds, work history and career goals.
To reflect this, I’ve come up with a new Career Action Planning tool for Masters which takes account of some of these differences, with different actions depending on your experience, where you want to work, whether you’re looking to do further study, set up your own business – or have no idea what you want to do next.
It’s available now to download as a pdf (also includes the timeline above):
It’s intended to be used at the start of your Masters programme, and to help you decide whether you need to get started taking action for your career straight away, or whether you can safely leave all that until later.
So, if you do just one thing this week …
… have a quick skim through this document and start to come up with your own tailored personal career action plan.
Then you can feel satisfied that you’ve made a flying start to your Masters programme, and feel confident that your career is heading in the right direction.
This is the first time I’ve written such a document – do let me know if it’s any use, or if I’ve missed anything. The great thing about a blog is that I can update the document with any good suggestions, and immediately make it available for download.