Careers Support within the School

Our dedicated careers team delivers a number of workshops and skills sessions throughout the year. Last year these included topics such as CV writing skills, finding summer placements and how to get hired in the graduate market. The School also has strong links with industry, and each year runs networking events so that students can explore their career options with the experts.

You can also book to meet with one of the team during our weekly 1-2-1 careers advice sessions, where you can get feedback on your CV or explore some of the career options available to you. You also have the option to book a mock interview if you'd like to practise or get some advice on your technique.

If you can't make one of the 1-2-1 slots you can book a bespoke session with our Graduate Employability Intern, who is based permanently here in the School. Alternatively, you can also choose to receive email advice on careers or applications related advice, perfect for the holiday periods.

We value integrating careers skills with our academic curriculum and our Transferable Skills Module, which is run across years 1 and 2 of our degree programmes, offers you the opportunity to learn these skills in an accredited module. This includes interactive activities such as peer-to-peer mock interviews and mock assessment centres.

Meet the Team

Dr Ben Carter

Benjamin Carter Careers Photo for Employability Page

Dr Ben Carter is the lead Careers Consultant for the School of Chemistry. Ben is a chemist by training, with a background in materials chemistry research before moving into careers work. He has been advising scientists on their career options for the last 5 years, and still occasionally misses his lab coat.


He is happy to provide guidance on career options and help students with all aspects of applying for jobs, internships or further study. 


You can book an appointment to meet with Ben, or another Careers Consultant, in The Atrium. Ben also runs regular drop-in advice sessions in the School during semester time.


To book an appointment, receive application advice or request a practice interview, please contact the Careers Service in the first instance.  Any other queries can be directed to


Ellen Swann

Ellen works as the Student Experience and Employability Graduate Intern for the School of Chemistry. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Music from The University of Manchester, and has regularly been involved with student societies and PASS schemes during the course of her degree.

She is the key contact for students within the School who are looking for support with job applications, whether that be final year students applying for graduate roles, or undergraduates seeking to gain work experience during the course of their degree.

Ellen will also be supporting students looking for an industrial placement throughout the whole recruitment process, from applications advice to mock interview sessions.

She will also be working alongside Ben Carter to create and host employability workshops and events in the School throughout the year.


To get in touch with Ellen, send an email over to

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