Career Planning

No matter which year of study you are in, there are various steps you can take to prepare yourself for quickly securing the career of your choice after graduation. The following pages will give you some ideas on where to start. Students can also find information on careers and employability under the 'My Future' tab in My Manchester.

Photos courtesy of University of Manchester, The Atrium


It is important to develop skills while at university through work experience and extra-curricular activities. They look great on your CV and they may help you to think about what you would or would not like in a future career.


The Careers Service has a number of downloadable Starting Point Guides to help you with your career planning. There are also hard copies available to pick up at The Atrium, University Place.

Meet Karen Butterworth

Karen Butterworth

Karen works for the University’s Careers Service and is the lead Careers Consultant for the School of Maths.  She has a background in graduate recruitment and has been advising maths students and graduates for the past 4 years. 

She is happy to provide guidance on career options and help students with all aspects of applying for jobs, internships or further study. 
She works closely with the school to deliver a number of career workshops and employer events for maths students throughout the year.  She is also the course leader for the Maths Career Management Skills which is a Level 2, 10 credit course, currently available in the second semester.
You can book an appointment to meet with Karen, or another maths Careers Consultant, in The Atrium. Karen also runs regular drop-in advice sessions in Alan Turing during semester time.
To book an appointment, receive application advice or request a practice interview, please contact the Careers Service in the first instance.  Any other queries can be directed to
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