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 we've been named 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 with roles posted on CareerConnect (our dedicated careers portal). We have adapted to full digital delivery of the service with thousands of recruiters advertising jobs, exhibiting at fairs and presenting online.

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 and postgraduate 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 on LinkedIn best practice. With our support, you’ll be in a great position to tackle the job market.

Working in the UK after your study

Due to a new graduate immigration route introduced by the UK government, international students who successfully complete their degree and graduate from July 2021 onwards will be able to remain in the UK for up to two years (or three years if studying for a PhD) after graduation. This means you would be able to apply to stay and work, or look for work, in any sector and at any level. The Careers Service will still be on hand to offer guidance and support for two years after you graduate to help you land your dream job.

Gaining graduate work experience in the UK will enhance your employability prospects at home, should you decide to return after graduation. However, if you want to stay in the UK, you could switch to another suitable visa, including the skilled worker visa, which operates under a new points-based system.

The application process for the new graduate immigration route will be published in the near future. You can monitor UK visa and immigration advice from the Home Office.

Get involved while you're here

Make the most of your time at Manchester and take advantage 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. Explore student profiles for an insight into their experiences.

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 experience to tackle period poverty during their studies.