For Academic Advisors

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

Calculating Careers

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.

Academic Advisor FAQ

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.

First year

Penultimate Year

Final Year

MSc Students


Students should make use of the range of services and information available in The Atrium, University Place

PhD Students

  • Monitor your plans and progress on eProg
  • Take on some teaching alongside your research
  • Look into postgraduate internships
  • Attend the PhD Pathways event, June
  • Consider the academic career options available to you
  • Look for vacancies on CareersLink


Starting Point Series

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.

     Application Form  In-Tray Excercise

     Covering Letter  Preparing For Interviews

      CV   Assessment Centres and Psychometric Tests

Careers Contacts

EPS Careers:

Twitter accounts:

@ManUniCareers       @ManPGCareers


Careers Service

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