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, boost your employability and set yourself up for success throughout your life.

Targeted by employers in the UK and worldwide

Recruiters target Manchester because our graduates are highly employable. We're among the best universities in the world for the employability of our students – ranked 42nd in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2022)

In the UK, we're the most targeted university by the nation's top graduate employers (High Fliers, 2022).

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.

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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 than 4,000 graduate recruiters – from major multinationals to small and medium-sized enterprises – advertising job opportunities with us, attending our career fairs, hosting workshops and delivering online presentations.

Other Careers Services include:

  • advice on CVs and interview techniques;
  • guidance on career options;
  • skills-development workshops and courses;
  • work placement and internship opportunities;
  • career mentoring by industry professionals;
  • job vacancies via email;
  • one of 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.

The Stellfiy Award

Stellify is our employability award, supporting your career and personal development by formally recognising extracurricular activities completed during your time at Manchester.

The award is designed complement your studies, helping you gain real-world experience and develop key skills that employers are looking for. You'll get the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, develop transferable skills and make your mark as a Manchester student.