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Get an idea what jobs in Greater Manchester could be a good fit for you. See which industries and job types are on the up, what local employers look for in recruits and what work-related schemes could help you.


Internships are a form of work experience with a company or organisation. They help build your knowledge and understanding about a role or type of work and last for a set period of time.

Some internships are paid and some are unpaid. Schemes vary in other ways, so find out what you will be doing and what will be expected of you.

Internships sometimes lead to job offers directly, but having one on your CV can boost other job applications too.

To find internships, check out company websites, speak to your careers leader, careers advisor or apply through the directory.

Work shadowing

Work or job shadowing can help you understand what a job is really like. You follow an employee around for a short amount of time – a bit like their shadow – to see what their job involves. It’s usually about observing, rather than taking part, but is a great way to boost your understanding about a role and to find out if it might be for you.

Work shadowing is often short and informal. See if your school or college can help with connections or try contacting companies and organisations directly to find out what might be possible.

School holiday placements

Some industries and professions offer formal work placements during the Easter or summer holidays. They are usually run by big companies such as banks, accountancy and law firms. Most are available to university students.

The schemes give you an inside-view and experience of a particular role or type of work. And they give companies an idea if they might want work with you in future (in some cases for example, companies only consider graduate applications from students who have completed a placement).

Deadlines are often quite early. Check out company websites, speak to your careers leader, careers advisor or apply through the directory.


A mentor is someone who shares their insights and experience to help you progress with your career and achieve your goals. Every mentor relationship is different. Mentors can help you explore options, work through challenges or get ahead in your chosen field.

There are different ways to find a mentor. Speak to your careers leader or contact our recognised mentoring scheme.

Work Experience

Work experience is time spent in a workplace learning about a job role, a company or a career sector. Most work experience is unpaid though there are some types of opportunities where you can earn money. You can spend one or two weeks in the workplace or work virtually using online tools.

If you are interested in getting work experience with some of the best companies, Speakers For Schools can help. It is a charity that works with 14-19 year olds to provide amazing work experience opportunities. Ask your school if they are registered with Speakers For Schools.

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NCS (National Citizen Service)

The experience that turns no you can’t into no we can – NCS is a youth programme designed for 16-17 year olds, giving you the chance to live away from home, take part in adventure activities, gain life skills and engage in social action.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (13-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people defy their limitations through learning and adventures in the wild.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (15-19 years)

We challenge young people to never give up, to change their perspective and to learn the most important lesson: to believe in themselves.

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