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Manchester Institute of Education

Careers and employability

When you study with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in the education sector and beyond.

We use our expertise, experience and contacts within industry to support all of our students in securing future positions. We also continually monitor the progress of our alumni and regularly benchmark ourselves against other institutions, and work closely with The University of Manchester Careers Service to support your career development

Many of our undergraduate courses offer units devoted to career management and provide opportunities for working with potential employers.  As a student on one of our postgraduate programmes, you'll be networking directly with the schools in your area. Our Careers Service offers:

  • job application and interview guidance
  • one-to-one advice with specialised career consultants
  • online careers information and on-campus resource centres
  • opportunities for work experience, internships and graduate positions
  • presentations, talks and workshops
  • skills development programmes.


We use our expertise and experience within the education sector to support all of our students in securing teaching positions.

On completion of your PGCE and being recommended for qualified teaching status (QTS), you will work for a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We keep in touch with our former students and continue to support them throughout and beyond their NQT year.

A PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.

You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high.

94% of those who graduated from PGCE Primary in 2013, and 91% of those who graduated from PGCE Secondary, were in a teaching post within six months of completing their PGCE.

Qualified teachers undertake continuous professional development throughout their career, both to maintain the latest subject knowledge and teaching techniques, and if desired, to facilitate progression into leadership and management positions.

A PGCE qualification counts as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master’s degree and The University of Manchester offers a part-time MA in Educational Leadership should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a master’s in the future.


Our graduates have excelled in a number of industries.  In addition to education, our alumni have pursued careers in:

  • consultancy
  • higher education
  • hospitality
  • local and central government
  • management
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • retail
  • sports management

Our Careers Service will continue to support you following your studies.  For three years after graduation, you’ll have access to a full suite of careers support.  In addition to the services we offer current students, we can assist you with:

  • exploring career options following graduation
  • opportunities for further academic study
  • starting your own business.


We closely monitor the progress of our students following graduation using the ‘Destination of Leavers from HE Survey’ (DLHE). 

We use this information to tailor our teaching and learning provision for current and future students.  This also provides our current students with information about the work and study opportunities they can expect upon graduation.


We host numerous events throughout the year to boost the employability of our students. Examples for 2017-18 include:

  • 20 October, 2017 - Careers Day, BA Management, Leadership and Leisure (2nd Years)
  • 27 October, 2017 - Careers Day, BA Management, Leadership and Leisure (2nd Years)
  • 6 February, 2018 - Meet the Professionals, Faculty of Humanities

Contact us

  • Miriam Firth - Associate Director for Employability and Professional Learning, SEED
  • Paul Gratrick - Careers Manager, Faculty of Humanities
  • Emma Al-Hakim - Careers Consultant, SEED
  • Alex Baratta - Employability Lead, BA English Language for Education