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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.

Work experience placements for 2018/19 will be advertised from December 2018 and will take place during Spring/Summer 2019.

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

Any enquiries about work experience within The University of Manchester Library please contact Charlotte Nunn email charlotte.nunn@manchester.ac.uk

 

All our work experience placements for 2017/18 have now been allocated.

Customer Services Assistant (Customer Services)

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

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 and year 12 students.

Placement date:  June-August 2018.

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 27 April 2018. 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 Assistant (Content, Collections and Discovery)

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

Duration: 2-3 days.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 or year 12 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.

Application procedure: Please complete the work experience application form‌ by the 28 February  2018. 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 but they will need to attend a pre-placement interview before the placement is offered.

Stock Project Assistant (Content, Collections and Discovery)

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

Duration: 1 week

Placement suitable for: Anyone including a year 10 or year 12 student

Placement date: Spring or Summer 2018.

Placement times: 10am - 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: This work experience placement will involve helping with the weeding, moving, packing, cleaning, shelving, shelf-checking and relabeling of book stock. You will also check catalogue records for some of the books and carry out other tasks associated with stock 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 the 28 February 2018. Please state why you are interested in working on stock management projects and what you would like to learn from the placement. 

The person offered the placement will be selected from all those received by the date specified above.

Library Space Development Assistant (Finance and Planning)

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

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Suitable for a year 10 student, year 12 student or a library student

Placement date: March to August 2018.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement will enable you to learn about the University of Manchester Library's approach to space development from the management of multi-million pound projects and the role of the Library facilities within the campus master plan to the improvements of study spaces and staff workspaces.

Find out about the current priorities around the Library spaces including piloting new environments, assessing the effectiveness of space on people's behaviour and sustainability.  

Application procedure: Please complete the work experience application form by the 28 February 2018, stating why you would like to gain experience as a Library Space Development Assistant and what you want to gain from the 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: Suitable for a year 10 student, year 12 student or a library student

Placement date: February to May 2018.

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement:

Project Management

The Library’s Planning and 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 projects the Library currently has. 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.

Finance

The Library's Finance Team 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 21 January 2018, 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.

Marketing Assistant (Marketing and Communications)

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

Duration: 1 week

Placement suitable for: Year 10 or year 12 student

Placement date: March - May 2018

Placement times: 10am - 4pm 

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement will involve assisting staff in the Marketing and Communications department and duties may include working on video, web and graphic design skills, writing press releases, writing for social media and evaluating marketing materials.  You will be guided through the many tasks of the marketing team from management to procurement and planning.  You will be mentored on a one to one basis by a member of the University Library staff, as well as spending time with various members of the team.  Students will write a job advertisement on their first day of the work experience placement and again on their last day and these will be evaluated and comparisons made.  You will also work on your CV, undertake a mock interview and work on a PowerPoint presentation to give to the team at the end of the week.

This work experience placement would be suitable for someone interested in a career in marketing.

Application procedure: Please complete the work experience application form by the 31 January 2018, explaining why you are interested in this work experience placement & your specific area of interest within the field of Marketing. 

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, year 12 student or 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 11 February 2018. 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.

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 or year 12 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 experienced 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 11 February 2018 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.

Administrative Assistant (Learning Development)

Location: The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons - AGLC, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Duration: 1 week.

Placement suitable for: Anyone interested in this type of role including year 10 or year 12 students.

Placement date:  June or July 2018

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

Risk Assessment: This placement will involve working with computers.

Further information about the work experience placement: This work experience placement will involve working with the Learning Development Team to ensure the smooth running of the My Learning Essentials Training Programme.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the skills training delivered by the University of Manchester Library. You will meet some of our student members of staff and you will be able to attend some of our academic skills workshops.

Application procedure: Please complete the work experience application form by the 1 April 2018. Please provide a paragraph explaining why you are interested in this work experience placement. 

The person offered the placement will be selected form all those received by the date specified above. 

 

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