Careers information for postgraduate taught students
Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students choose further study for a variety of reasons. Some will be following a passionate interest in their subject, some will need a higher level degree for their chosen career, some to make themselves more competitive in the graduate labour market, some to give themselves more time for applications, some to take their graduate level skills to a higher level.
Whatever your reason or reasons, the Career Zone is here to support you with your planning and putting your plan in to action. We support you to
- Clarify your choices and make informed career decisions
- Be aware of career deadlines
- Get connected
- Articulate your skills and attributes
Through training, resources, events* and 1:1 advice and guidance appointments
Taught postgraduate courses can be tightly timetabled and your Masters year will pass very quickly.
Alongside settling into your course, you may need to clarify your career objectives and make job applications as early as October in order to meet employer recruitment plans. If you are considering going on to Academic Research or Professional Qualifications as soon as you complete your Masters, then again, early planning and applications are essential to ensure you have the best chance of gaining entry to your course of choice and obtaining any available funding.
Making a Career Development Action Plan as soon as possible can therefore help you to research and optimise your career opportunities.
You will probably want to explore employment sectors and detailed information on specific careers and job roles. Start with the links below. See a Careers Consultant if you want to discuss and clarify further
Employers targeting Masters level qualifications often link their requirements to specific skills, abilities and knowledge. You will therefore need to be able to clearly articulate how your postgraduate study meets these requirements; particularly providing evidence of any practical, work-related experience you may have gained.
For job roles which do not specifically recruit for Masters’ graduates, there is an even greater need for PGT students to promote the added value of Masters-level learning to employers, within the application process.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything!”
George Bernard Shaw
In light of the experiences you may encounter during your postgraduate study, your ideas about yourself, what you want to do and where you want to do it may need reassessing – here are just a few careers ideas and resources to reconsider: