Job hunting for third year students #year3Published: Thursday, 21 September 2017
ICYMI: Where to look, who to speak to and upcoming events to help you start your career
If you've already found a graduate job, congratulations! If you're looking one, lots of the bigger employers recruit graduates between now and Christmas. Its a good idea to apply as early as you can and not wait for the deadlines. Thankfully you have a bit more time this year, than you did in your second year, to do job applications. Here's a recap on job hunting, for those that missed the session on Wednesday 20th September at 4pm in LT 1.1.
When: Upcoming autumn events
- Oct 3rd and 4th: Kilburn careers fair, on your doorstep
- Oct 4th : Calculating Careers fair Alan Turing Building, not just for maths students
- Oct 11th & 12th: The Big Careers Fair Manchester Central. Over 90 institutions offering courses and further training for September 2018
- Oct 18th: The Little Careers Fair, Manchester Academy 2, alternative and smaller local companies, charities, and creative agencies
- Oct 25th: Electronics & Electrical Engineering careers fair in the Sackville Street Building entrance hall, not just for EEE students
- Oct 29th: HackManchester at MOSI, lots of Manchester employers attend as participators, exhibitors and sponsors
- Nov 11/12: GreatUniHack - again, plenty of employers there, speak to hacksoc.com to find out who
- Nov 15th: Postgraduate study fair, Manchester Central with findamasters.com and findaphd.com
- See the External events calendar (goo.gl/qASvyK) which includes all of the above and some more industry and careers events.
Who to talk to
It's not just what you know, but who you know...
- There are several Meet the Professionals networking events with alumni from the University of Manchester scheduled for autumn, see the calendar at goo.gl/qASvyK
- If you are preparing for a technical coding interview, cracking the coding interview by Gayle Laakman is a cracking read. We've copies in the Kilburn library available via SSO. Also take a look at pramp.com, where you can pair with peer to practice technical interviews online.
- Manchester Gold: get your own personal mentor a popular scheme with both students and employers that has been running for 15 years
- You can book an appointment with the careers service during term time, get your CVs, covering letters and applications checked, see git.io/mycv. You can also do mock interviews, and rehearse standard competency based questions
- Talk to staff and students in the schol, your personal tutor (your 3rd year project supervisor), Mabel Yau (in L426) or me (in LF25) if you are seeking advice
Where to look
There's no shortage of places you can look for jobs, here are some of the better places to start looking:
- LinkedIn.com has powerful search facilities to connect you with professionals. Since 1964, over 10,000 people have been awarded degrees (BSc, MSc & PhD etc) in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and many are members of the csmcr alumni group which you can join. LinkedIn advertises jobs too and is a mine of information on employers and their employees.
- manchester.ac.uk/careerslink from the careers service, employers seeking Manchester graduates.
- gradcracker.com, lets you filter by graduate opportunities accepting computing degrees.
- glassdoor.co.uk is like tripadvisor for jobs, find out what employers are really like by reading reviews written by current and former employees
- targetjobs.co.uk graduate jobs, from the people behind the paperback Guardian 300, free paper copies outside my office.
- milkround.com, graduate positions from the people behind the hardback Times Top 100 Graduate employers, free paper copies outside my office
- indeed.co.uk is a general jobs board, not just for graduates, but has some good vacancies
- stackoverflow.com/jobs, so you've cut and pasted their code, now cut and paste their jobs too.
Good luck with your job applications and get in touch with us if you need any help.