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Taught Postgraduates

 

Most of the information in the Students and Graduates section of this site will be equally applicable to you as a taught postgraduate student, but there are some additional factors you may wish to consider.  

Because many postgraduate courses are a year or less in duration, it’s particularly important to start thinking about your next move from the beginning of your course.  If you are considering further study, you may need to apply early in the academic year, and many employers who are interested in recruiting postgraduates do so through their standard graduate recruitment cycle so keep checking our events calendar for opportunities to meet employers at upcoming fairs, talks and workshops.  

A 2010 study from the Council for Industry and Higher Education found that seven out of ten employers are interested in recruiting postgraduates and value the subject and research specific skills they bring.  However, employers will also expect you to have further developed transferable skills in areas such as analysis and problem solving, organisation and communication.  You will need to convey that your course has ‘added value’ to your skills profile and ensure that you give evidence and examples of this in CVs, applications and interviews.    

Networking is a particularly important skill to for postgraduates to develop, both to keep up-to-date with your subject and to make contacts within your specialist area.  View our media clip on Networking Skills and take opportunities throughout your course to attend conferences, seminars and events and to develop your profile both in person and online.  The Postgraduate Student Centre and the Postgraduate Students’ Association also offer opportunities and events aimed specifically at postgraduate students. 

Other useful websites include:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_masters_what_next_getting_a_job.htm
http://www.npc.org.uk
http://www.postgraduatetoolbox.net

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