As Academic Advisors our role is primarily to offer academic support. However it is important that we can signpost students to the professional advice offered by our Careers Service and encourage our advisees to plan for their future. Below are some suggestions for activities that students should be encouraged to get involved in during their programme.
Louise Walker, Director of Undergraduate Studies
The Calculating Careers Fair is an important resource for students from all years to take advantage of.
First year students should visit the fair to get an idea of the various companies and roles out there and start to gather some information on the options available to them, both for summer internships and at a graduate level. 2nd and 3rd year students can speak to employers about summer internships and graduate roles and get advice on the application process. The employers there will also be able to answer questions about more specialist roles for postgraduate students.
The Fair is usually in week 3 with a 'Prepare for the Fair' talk with Louise Walker, Bill Lionheart and Karen Butterworth in week 2, so you should advise students about the fair and prep talk in their week 1 review meeting. Visit the Calculating Careers pages for more information on which employers will be attending this year.
This year the School of Maths will be running regular drop-in careers sessions in the Alan Turing building with opportunities to book appointments for CV advice etc.
All Academic Advisors should have received the following document from the Careers Service, outlining the various steps a student should take at each stage of their degree and where to find more information.
Below you will find a brief summary of the key steps a student can take in each year of study. They can find more detailed information about all of these things on the school's own careers pages. As an academic advisor you are likely to be asked for references so it's useful to know a student's career plans and to keep track of their progress in finding work experience or a graduate position.
The MyFuture Next Steps report is a great tool to help students from all years identify what employability skills they need to work on and what action to take next.
- Use CareersLink to search for job vacancies or careers events
- Look into Summer Internships early
- Sign up for the Manchester Gold careers mentoring programme by October
- Attend talks and events advertised on Careers facebook page
- Apply for the Interviewer Training Programme, December
- Make an 'Applications Advice' appointment in The Atrium
- Apply to graduate positions early, particularly graduate schemes
- Research postgraduate study options, visit the Postgraduate Study Fair, November
- Attend employer networking events and presentations throughout the year
- Go to the Graduate Recruitment Fair, June
- Consider applying for Careers Bootcamp, June
- Look into opportunities with MGIP
- Sign up for a Transitions Mentor
The following Starting Point guides are a useful reference for all aspects of the application process. These can be downloaded, printed or picked up from either the undergraduate study room in the Alan Turing Building or The Atrium in University Place.