Graduating from University is no doubt something that every student will have to go through. Once you have been through the ceremony and chucked your pointy hats in the air (only to be poked in the eye on the way down) you will have to take a leap into “the unknown.”

Do not fear as we here at Student Map have been through it, quite recently, and are ready to help you every step of the way. Some students may find it daunting to graduate where are some may be more than happy to leave the University bubble.

No matter how you feel about graduating, we have written up some top tips to help you make the most out of life after University in Manchester.

Post Graduate Study

The first question you might ask yourself is whether or not to do a post graduate course. More and more students nowadays are looking to post graduate study to enhance their career opportunities. Although it may be a costly option for most it is well worth looking into.

You can talk to your current University about the post graduate study on offer or alternatively you could search for a course that suits you somewhere other than Manchester.

Finally, if you are looking to save money on post graduate study then it is worth taking a look at the offers that your University has to give you. Some courses may be cheaper if they are at the University you are currently studying at.

Getting a job

The majority of graduates will be faced with getting a job. It may appear as if the job market at the moment is not at its best but all is not lost. As a graduate in Manchester there is a wealth of opportunities out there for you.

It’s all about giving yourself the best chance to succeed in the graduate job market. Obviously it depends a lot on what career you are choosing but you can follow a general path in order to maximise your chances.

Graduate schemes

The most obvious choice would be to apply for a graduate scheme. A graduate scheme can appear as a great choice because the jobs on offer are with top companies which offer great training and salaries. However, it is not as easy to get a place on a graduate scheme as you might think.

You need to apply early as most schemes have closing dates around December and January. It is worth bearing in mind that, although you may be busy with a dissertation of mid term exams during this time, putting time and effort into your applications can pay off in the long run.

Jobs for graduates

A graduate scheme may not be the thing for you or you may be unsuccessful in your applications. If this is the case then there is no need to worry. Only a minority of students actually get accepted into a graduate scheme.

There are hundreds of jobs out there that are not graduate schemes but are suited to graduates from University. There are many ways to go about finding the right job after you graduate but it’s a great idea to sign up with recruitment agencies and recruitment sites when looking for jobs. Search for graduate recruitment agencies to see what is available in Manchester.

You can also talk to your universities career service in order to find jobs and prepare you for what to expect after University.

Temporary Jobs

You may find it hard to get the perfect job that you want so it is good to keep in mind that a large amount of students look for temporary jobs after university. A common example is retail or bar work. Although it may not be your career goal to work in retail it is better for your CV, and bank balance, than signing up for benefits after you graduate.

Keep a look out for these jobs in local adverts or the websites of large companies.

Where to live after graduating

After you graduate from University in Manchester you will have a choice. You could either stay in Manchester or head elsewhere to live, at home or otherwise. It may interest you to hear that 68% of graduates in Manchester choose to stay in the city. Will you be one of them?

There are lots of websites and letting agencies out there that can help you find professional flats all over the city of Manchester. You can think of it as graduate accommodation but you will no longer be classed as a student when looking for accommodation in Manchester.

  • Karsons Lettings – They are an excellent student/graduate friendly letting agency with low agency costs (StudentMap deal).

Graduate bank account

After you graduate you may be saddened to realise that you are no longer a student. This means that the circumsances of your bank account will change. Obviously it will all depend on which student bank account you have but it is well worth checking out what and when you will have to pay back your overdraft.

For example, with a Halifax account you are allowed a £3,000 overdraft but you have to pay it all back within a year after graduating. This is different from the tiered graduate account offered by Natwest. Take a look at for more information on graduate banking.

Repaying your student loan

If you took out a student loan at university I’m afraid you will have to pay it back at some point. It’s a harsh realisation but it’s well worth remembering. As you may know, you will not have to pay back a penny until you are earning over £15,000 a year (if you started university before 2012).

Set free into the world

Now you should be ready to give the world what you got! It’s time to become the successful person that you set out to be. This guide hopefully helped you on your way to where you want to be. It’s worth remembering that there is so much out there for graduates in terms of advice and you should take advantage of it as much as you can.



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