This time of year we’re looking to the future – specifically what to do after graduation – and it’s very important to explore all your options and not rule anything out. Of course, not everyone is looking for a graduate job and postgraduate study can be an excellent way to improve your employability and give yourself time to formulate your career plans. For an in-depth look at all aspects of study be sure to check out the Careers, Employability and Skills guide to further study.
Benefits of postgraduate study include the opportunity to do a further course or research relevant to your field. In some cases your choice of course may even be a requirement for entry to your preferred area of work. There might even be increased links or networking opportunities, depending on what you study and where, which can help with future employment.
On the other hand, you need to ask yourself whether you would gain more from a graduate job or training programme, or even – especially where competition for jobs is high – through entering an organisation or business in another area of work and working your way into the job you want. Also, there are the inevitable financial costs – can you afford it? Many postgraduate programmes have significant tuition fees and securing funding (especially for taught programmes) is very competitive and limited.
Thinking about postgrad study abroad? The key message here is to start early (and start saving!) ideally in your second (or pre-final) year. It can take a long time to go through postgrad application cycles in other countries, never mind those for visas, accommodation, funding, travel etc. It’s essential to start researching now and apply even sooner.
If you’re unsure where to start, or how to proceed why not come to this session?
Thinking about Postgraduate Study?
3 – 5pm, Tuesday 1 March 2011,
International & Postgraduate Centre
The aim is to help you find out where to get appropriate information, how to go about making the right decisions for you and the chance to speak to current postgraduates about what they wish they’d known. You can sign up for this workshop by registering with the Events Calendar at www.qub.ac.uk/careers
You can also use Careers Employability and Skills’ One to One services at the Student Guidance Centre to help you assess if postgraduate study is the right choice for you. Not all appointments have to be booked, so if you pop in Monday to Friday 9-5pm you can always have a chat with someone about your plans.
Recruitment to courses is happening now – Queen’s courses’ postgraduate application deadlines can be found on this link. If you’re looking at other universities check them out ASAP if you haven’t already done so. Don’t forget universities are now advertising funded PhD studentships- check out THE www.timeshighereducation.co.uk as well as Careers, Employability and Skills vacancy pages. Early applications are recommended, especially for PhD programmes as this will allow for your funding application to be considered. Selection can be very competitive so check that your academic work is at that high standard.
Do the research and make the right choice!