Graduate careers advice: choosing a role

Steve Rook has some great advice about researching your options for future careers:

– Brainstorm. Find a quiet place and list anything that comes to mind;

– Find your careers service. Ask for help and attend relevant events;

– Look up graduate career websites. A systematic search can be a great way of finding jobs.

– Identify what people do with your degree. Be specific.

– Ask for help. Rely on family, friends and social networks.

– Watch telly! You’ll be surprised about the roles you’ll see…

Whetted your appetite? For more no-nonsense advice, come to Steve’s careers workshop this Saturday at noon. It’s free! Register your interest here or just click the pic.


Careers workshop with @skills4study: October 5th

Careers event Oct 5 2013 noon

Careers guru Steve Rook (author of The Graduate Career Guidebook) will run a special one-off event on the first floor of Blackwell’s Manchester on October 5.

Whether you have a career in mind or no idea what you want to do after university, Steve Rook will explain how to find your dream role.

His inspiring approach breaks the career journey into manageable steps and helps you navigate each stage, from deciding what you want, to gaining work experience, conducting a job hunt, writing a great CV, impressing at interview and getting the job. It’s never too early to start planning your future!

Whether it’s one-to-one advice or a group workshop you need, this event will help. Students and graduates are equally welcome.

Date: Saturday 5th October 2013
Time:  Noon until 2pm
Venue: Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN (first floor)
Admission: Free
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Other uses for a @booksaremybag tote

Books Are My Bag orange display

Bookshops across the country are holding parties to celebrate the Books Are My Bag campaign, which encourages readers to show their love of books by supporting their local bookshop.

While we’ve not been able to put on a bash due to our preparations for freshers week, we did create this spectacularly orange display at the front of our shop. If it’s orange, it went on the display! We even have a couple of balloons outside. I know. Wild, right?

We’ve been giving out free tote bags all day, which has been a huge hit with customers. And we knew the day was worth it when a lovely customer came into the shop to buy a book because they heard we were backing the campaign.

It’s all gone rather well… even if we did bemuse the official campaign on Twitter…

(Can’t view this Storify? Click here.)

The #booksaremybag campaign has started off a little creepy!

Ken Follett quote about teenage parties

“A bookshop is like a teenage party: you walk in, look around, take your time, see what you fancy… then go for it.” Ken Follett

As seen on one of the campaign bookmarks. Yeah. I know, right?

Still, we’re very much behind the Books Are My Bag campaign (although sadly we have no time to run any events due to freshers week preparation). As LittleBrown just posted on their Twitter, it time to love yer bookshop!

Bookshop stats

Stack ’em up… You have a reading list? We have the textbook!


Our textbooks for the new semester are arriving thick and fast.

If you are a lecturer and you need your students to buy textbooks, let us know.  We’ll order in copies so they’re ready and waiting for when students leave lectures. And yes, in many cases, our prices are going head-to-head with a certain online retailer beginning with A!

Likewise, if you are a student and you want anything from your reading list, just ask. We’ll either have it in, or we can get it quickly for you.

Our contact details are on the right. Alternatively, upload information to Reading Lists.

Right. Time to neaten those piles of books…