Uncover how our dedicated Careers and Enterprise team stands ready to assist our postgraduate students at every turn, ensuring they make the most of their time at Salford and forge a path to a successful career.

Activities, events and resources relevant to postgraduates

Trimester 1

Welcome Week - During Welcome Week there will be lots of activities and workshops to get involved in. Come over to the Careers Hub to find out more, and to say hello to the team!

CV support and Employability Skills - Securing employment at postgraduate level entails more than possessing academic qualifications. As well as your knowledge, employers value prior work experience and employability skills. Now is the ideal time to consider how you will showcase this to employers on your CV. Come along to one of our CV workshops, or access our CV resources online for tips on how to make a lasting impression on prospective employers. As well as support with developing an industry CV, our team can provide tailored advice on how to write a CV for academic positions. 

Part-time and Voluntary work - Will you be looking to gain work experience whilst studying? Involvement in extracurricular activities, such as part-time jobs or volunteering, can provide an excellent opportunity to develop your employability skills. If this interests you, our team can provide you with practical advice and support on opportunity hunting, through our one-to-one appointments with our qualified careers advisers Advantage (salford.ac.uk).

Get Involved! - Joining societies and getting involved with clubs and activities with the Students' Union can also be a great way of networking and boosting your employability skills.

Careers Fairs - Look out for our careers fairs where a wide range of organisations will be in attendance. You’ll get the chance to network with employers and build your understanding of the type of opportunities available after graduating. Not sure how to make the most of the fair? Attend one of our preparation workshops!

Graduate Schemes
If you're considering enrolling in a graduate program, it's important to note that application deadlines typically fall in November or December of the year prior to the intended start date. They are paid opportunities and are available in a wide range of sectors. Apply early for these roles as they are competitive! You can find more information about specific graduate schemes on Prospects.ac.uk.

Trimester 2

Career Planning - It’s never too early to start exploring options after you graduate. Make efficient use of any spare time you have by reflecting on your motivation for pursuing your postgraduate, along with your strengths and areas for development. Consider what career opportunities there are available and consider how you will plan to move into the next phase of your career.

Our team our here to help and we offer a variety of workshops on topics ranging from career planning to business start-up advice. We also offer one-to-one appointments so feel free to get in touch.

CV Support - Take some time to review your CV and think about how you are showcasing the skills, knowledge and experience you are gaining during your postgraduate qualification. It's crucial to tailor your CV each time to show a recruiter how you are a good match for the role. Use our CV resources to be prepared.

Internships and Placements - Part of your course may include a work-based learning option of a credit bearing placement. This is a fantastic way of applying your theory to practice in the world of work.

Internships are usually completed independently of your course and allow you to gain skills and experience to help boost your career prospects.

 Speak to the employability and placements contacts in your school and check out these resources:

Careers Fairs - Develop your networking skills and become more industry aware by attending our Careers Fairs. A wide range of organisations attend these, so make sure you reserve your place!

Trimester 3

Further Study - You may wish to continue your studies and work towards further qualification such as postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, master's degrees or doctorates. You will find information and advice about these at Postgraduate study options | National Careers Service or you can speak to one of our advisers about your options.

Careers Fairs - The University has several Careers Fairs throughout the year, which is fantastic opportunity to come face to face with a wide range of employers. Our Careers Fairs usually take place annually in the Autumn and Spring - don't miss out on these by registering for our newsletter. You can do this by emailing careers&enterprise@salford.ac.uk.

LinkedIn - It is now almost essential to have a strong LinkedIn profile, and this can help you network and uncover opportunities, as well as link up with Salford Alumni. Access this guide to set up a new LinkedIn account. If you would like support with how to use LinkedIn, please book onto one of our Workshops.

Got an interview? - As you start to secure interviews for your next role, you can book a mock interview with an adviser to practice your interview technique and help you gain confidence. If you'd like to book one, please email careers&enterprise@salford.ac.uk, with a copy of the job description/person specification you would like to base your practice interview on and include your availability.