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Work experience

The University of Manchester Library offers a number of unpaid work experience placements throughout the year, giving students an insight into working at a very busy academic library.

As part of the University's commitment to widening participation we are especially interested in applications from year 10 students from local schools.

All our work experience placements available during the academic year 2016/2017 have now been allocated.

Our work experience placement offer for the academic year 2017/2018 will be published on this webpage during November/December 2017 and will take place during Spring/Summer 2018.  

Examples of the type of work experience placements we offer are below:

Software Developer (Digital Technologies and Services)

Placement role: Software Developer (Digital Technologies and Services).

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL).

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Year 10 student.

Placement date: Please note that this placement is not available during August, September, December or during school holidays.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: Join our experience software development team to learn about developing web applications using Java, Java Script, JQuery, CSS, HTML, XML and XSLT.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 16 May 2017 explaining why you are interested in a work experience placement as a software developer, what you would like to gain from this placement and why you choose the University of Manchester Library for your placement. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above.

Finance/Planning Assistant (Finance and Planning)

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL).

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 student or an A level/degree student interested in a career within the library.

Placement date: May 2017.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: The Library’s Strategic Project Team work with Project Managers to help them manage projects effectively. This opportunity is to work alongside them seeing how projects work, learn about project management and gain an understanding of some of the Library’s current projects. The practical work undertaken within the team will depend on the time of year but will typically involve attending project meetings, reviewing the progress of projects, developing communications for all Library Staff and producing summaries of projects for the Library Leadership Team.

The Library Finance Office is responsible for the processing of a wide range of financial transactions ensuring the compliance with University Financial Regulations. We work with and support all areas of the Library. Tasks that will be covered are Purchasing, Invoice Processing, Conference and Travel Booking, Cash reconciliations and expenses. There will also be an opportunity to get an overview of Management accounts and financial reporting.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 31 March 2017, including a bullet summary on the form saying what you want to gain from the placement. This will also help us to tailor the placement to your interests in these areas. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above.

Library Systems (Digital Technologies and Services)

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL).

Duration: 1 - 2 weeks.

Placement suitable for: Year 10 Student, library student (before, during or after your library course).

Placement date: Any time (preferable not vacation period).

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: You will gain experience from shadowing different members of the Library Systems team and will include General Information Technology (IT) support, Library Systems Management and the eResources helpdesk. There will also be some small self-contained project work which would vary depending on the time of year but may include testing the usability of one of our system interfaces. This work experience placement is suitable for someone who is interested in working in IT either in a library setting or elsewhere.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 31 March 2017. Please state why you are interested in this work experience placement and provide a summary of your information technology knowledge and experience. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above but they will need to attend a pre-placement interview before the placement is offered.

Customer Services Assistant (Customer Services)

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL) and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL)

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 students.

Placement date:  Mid June-Late August.

Placement times: 10am – 4pm with 1 hour break for lunch.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve manual handling and working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement is suitable for someone who is interested in customer care and providing excellent service to the customer.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 16 May 2017. Please state why you are interested in this work experience placement. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above but they will need to attend a pre-placement interview before the placement is offered.

Collection Management Project Assistant (Content, Collections and Discovery)

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL) and Joule Library (Sackville Street Building, Manchester M13 9PL).

Duration: 1 week (potentially longer).

Placement suitable for: Library student (before, during or after your library course) or someone interested in a career within a library.

Placement date: June, July, August or September.

Placement times: 9am - 4.30pm with 1/2 hour break for lunch.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve manual handling and working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: Collection Management Project Assistants help in the weeding, moving, packing, cleaning, shelving, shelf-checking and relabeling of book stock. They also check catalogue records for some of the books and other tasks associated with the projects. This work experience placement is suitable for someone who possesses the ability to handle, move and shelve books using appropriate aids (e.g. trolleys, lift).

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 31 March 2017. Please state why you are interested in this work experience placement and what you would like to gain from this placement. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above.

Collection Management Assistant (Content, Collections and Discovery)

Location: Joule Library (Sackville Street Building, Manchester M13 9PL).

Duration: 3 days.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interest in this type of role including year 10 students.

Placement date: Potentially any date depending on work load.

Placement times: 10am - 4pm with 1 hour break for lunch.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve manual handling and working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement will include an overview of the departments within Content, Collections and Discovery and some practical experience e.g. purchasing and checking data.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 27 April 2017. Please state why you are interested in this work experience placement and what you would like to gain from this placement. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above.

Customer Services Assistant (Customer Services)

Location: Main Library (Burlington Street, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL) and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL)

Duration: 1 week

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 students

Placement date: Mid June - Late August

Placement times: 10am - 4pm with 1 hour break for lunch

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve manual handling and working with computers

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement is suitable for someone who is interested in customer care and providing excellent service to the customer.

Application procedure: Please complete the Work experience application form by 16 May 2017. Please state why you are interested in this work experience placement. The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above but they will need to attend a pre-placement interview before the placement is offered.

 

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