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Careers and employability

Our students are highly employable, and successful graduates can look forward to a number of possible career paths.

In today's industries, building a career starts in year one of your university degree. By taking advantage of career development opportunities early, you will benefit from unique training, networking and industry experience that will give you a head start when you graduate.

We are committed to encouraging you to develop the skills to make positive career decisions, from year one through to after you graduate. Our Employability Programme runs throughout the year, for all undergraduates and postgraduate students, starting with the Employability Conference in September, with skills based workshops and a chance to meet employers.

Our careers programme

Our timetabled sessions provides you with excellent opportunities to learn about various career pathways open to them, including careers in the legal profession, social and criminal justice system, public and private sector, meet leading professionals, and engage in skills workshops, drafting CVs, finding work experience, interview skills and successful networking.

We also work closely with the University’s Careers Service who offer specialist CV Clinics and general ‘drop-in’ appointments.

Networking opportunities

The value of developing your network early can not be overstated. The people you meet at the beginning of your undergraduate degree could be the people that employ you three years later, and we will help you make these connections.

Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action

Specifically for Criminology students, this programme features Criminology Question Time, with panellists from the police, probation, prison, youth justice and third sector; sessions on volunteering, internships and work experience; input from a domestic violence organisation, and job application writing and interview techniques.

Law firm introductions

We offer employment support activities including events and collaborations with law firms around the country, as well as societies which will help you develop essential transferable skills.

The Manchester Leadership Programme

As a student at Manchester you have the opportunity to take part in accredited voluntary work that equates to an academic course unit, and in doing so gain the prestigious Manchester Leadership award.

It is an invaluable way to develop key skills and to gain a real insight into leadership.

The Career Management Skills module

Study the Faculty of Humanities Career Management Skills module as a free choice unit to gain academic credits, meet employers and develop your employability skills.

The University Careers Service

The Careers Service offers a range of support and events to help you to consider and research your options.

Take advantage of the whole range of opportunities provided by the Careers Service including:

  • Careers guidance – individual support from a team of dedicated professional Careers Consultants who look after School of Law students and graduates
  • Access to part time jobs, volunteering, internships and graduate job vacancies
  • Fairs and events – including one of the country’s largest law fairs
  • Guides on applications, CVs and covering letters, interviews and psychometric tests
  • Taking part in the School of Law Careers Facebook group
  • Mentoring through the Manchester Gold Programme – students are matched with a mentor working in a career area which interests them

Visit the Careers Service website for more information.