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Manchester Metropolitan University

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“Sessions are enjoyable and thorough. The course helped me recognise my strengths and weaknesses and how to identify and apply my skills.”

Student feedback from Work Ready

“The evening was a real success. We had the opportunity to meet with some great MMU students and feel confident we’ll recruit from the university this year.”

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Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) dedicated team of careers professionals offer help, support and advice to students and recent graduates, from writing a CV and interview techniques to advice on searching for jobs or how to set up a business.

In partnership, the Careers and Employability team is pioneering new ways of easing the transition between study and employment and building relationships between students and employers.

“Work Ready” is an opportunity for students to explore how they will take on the challenge of starting a new job. It is a short course based around four themes: Team Working, Communicating and Influencing, Project Management and Leadership. Each theme is explored in terms of how it is applied in the early stages of a graduate level job or placement. For example looking at the stages of project management and then putting theory into practice scoping real life projects or introducing the concepts of influencing clients and “managing your manager”. The course has been a great success particularly when used as part of the training for the graduate interns working at MMU.

Another initiative, the Employer Café, aims to bring together students and employers with the opportunity to network, ask questions and discuss industry specific issues and graduate opportunities. Beginning with a networking workshop and information for students, the main ‘speed networking’ session then enables students to put theory into practice with groups of six to eight students getting ten minutes around a table with each employer. At a recent café the format helped to facilitate discussions, with many continuing on after the formal end to the event. With many students unaware of the benefits of effective networking, providing networking training beforehand helps students to build on a skill many find difficult, particularly early in their careers.

To find out more, visit www.mmu.ac.uk

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