Your future is now

As a Manchester graduate, you’ll be ahead of the competition when it comes to your job prospects. We pride ourselves on our students' employability and will give you exceptional access to employers and expert advice.

Our commitment to your future is well recognised. We’re the University of the Year for Graduate Employability (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide) and, for the third consecutive year, the most targeted university by leading UK graduate employers (The Graduate Market Report 2020, High Fliers Research) including PwC, Unilever and Deloitte.

Here's how we’ll help you prepare for an outstanding career in any industry around the globe.

Global links

At Manchester, you’re encouraged to think globally: from Dubai to Dublin to Delhi. Ranked 41st in the world for international employability (QS), Manchester is recognised and respected by employers worldwide.

You’ll have access to expert advice and recruiters from the start. More than 3,600 recruiters advertise jobs, exhibit at fairs and present on campus annually and more than 10,000 roles are posted on Careers Link (our exclusive careers portal).

Many of our courses offer a year in industry, helping you stand out to employers. If your course doesn’t have this, it’s not a disadvantage – there are plenty of opportunities to gain work experience in Manchester by completing internships during vacation periods or through part-time work.

You can also learn from mentors in business, academia, politics, industry and the media who are graduates of the University and want to support you to achieve your career goals.

Once you graduate, you’ll be part of a community of more than 500,000 alumni in 190 countries and have access to a network of graduates across multiple sectors and industries. You may even become a mentor to the next generation of students one day.

Dedicated careers support

You can take advantage of our award-winning Careers Service before, during and after your time at Manchester. This includes a dedicated service for international students, through the use of online resources, face-to-face advice and subject and industry specific events. You can also receive guidance around improving your CV, interview and application advice, and tips for best practice on LinkedIn. With our support, you’ll be in a great position to tackle the job market.

Working in the UK after your study

Thanks to a new graduate immigration route announced by the UK government, we expect that international students who join us from September 2020 will be able to stay in the UK for up to two years. This means you would be able to apply to stay and work, or look for work, after you graduate. Over this two-year period the Careers Service will still be at hand to help you find your perfect job. 

Gaining graduate work experience in the UK will enhance your prospects back home should you decide to return after graduation. However, if you want to stay in the UK, you could switch to a skilled work visa (under the new points-based system) or a graduate entrepreneur visa.

The application process for the new graduate immigration route will be published in the near future.

Get involved while you're here

Make the most of your time at Manchester and take advanage of the opportunities to build up work experience and explore what you want to do.

Internships are a great way of building up your work experience and we run our own scheme for undergraduate students. Read about one of our content ambassadors experiences last summer.

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your University experience, while also making a difference to the wider community. Two of our students used their volunteering exerience to tackle period poverty during their studies.