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Employability

In today’s competitive global market, you need more than a strong academic qualification to achieve your potential as a graduate. That’s why we give you countless opportunities to make the most of Manchester as an undergraduate student, to boost your employability and set yourself up for success throughout your life.

Manchester graduates: targeted by top employers

Recruiters target Manchester because our graduates are highly employable. In fact, according to recent research we are the most targeted university by Britain's top graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2016, High Flyers Research).

Our graduate destinations data reveals that in 2013/14, 84% of Manchester graduates who got jobs went straight into graduate-level employment. The average starting salary for Manchester graduates was £22,000.

Education that prepares you for employment

At Manchester we encourage independent critical thinking and analysis. Rather than teaching you to pass exams, we assess you on skills that employers value, such as how to work as part of a team, deliver presentations and tackle problems creatively.

Career development opportunities throughout your degree

As a student, and for two years after you graduate, you’ll have full access to our proactive and comprehensive Careers Service. 

Thanks to our long-established relationships with business and industry, we have more employers recruiting on our campus than at any other university in the UK – more than 7,000 graduate recruiters, from major multinationals to small and medium-sized enterprises. Each year our careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors.

Other careers services include:

  • advice on CVs and interview technique;
  • guidance on career options;
  • 'My future profiler' - to help you identify the skills you need for your career;
  • skills-development workshops and courses;
  • work placement and internship opportunities;
  • career mentoring by industry professionals;
  • job vacancies via email;
  • the most comprehensive university careers website in the UK.

Our Manchester Leadership Programme could form part of your degree, blending community volunteering with a course unit that explores topics such as ethical leadership and social responsibility – or you could combine your studies with a year abroad to gain the Manchester Global Award.