Considering Postgraduate Study
There are many reasons for doing postgraduate study including: interest in a certain subject, gaining knowledge of a particular sector, and aiming to improve your employability. Due to the financial considerations attached to further study, it is important to make the decision carefully, explore your options and consider how further study can help you achieve your career goals.
Reality check: postgraduate study will not necessarily make up for a poor undergraduate degree and it will not guarantee a job afterwards, so it should not be looked at as a "fix-all" solution. However, postgraduate qualifications can in some cases help you to be more competitive in the job market if you chose the qualification carefully and keep your career goal in mind. You may also be offered a higher starting salary if the employer sees the value of your postgraduate study.
Some courses are essential for your chosen career such as vocational courses like the Legal Practice Course for solicitors or a PhD for scientific research. In other areas such as the Arts, Journalism and Economics, postgraduate qualifications are becoming increasingly common in order to compete in these sectors.
In addition, further benefits of postgraduate study can be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a particular sector (if placements are part of the course) as well as increased subject knowledge and commercial awareness, and personal development such as project management, organisational and research skills.
Postgraduate study can be a good option, but it is important to carefully consider your options and choose an appropriate course related to your planned career. Before deciding on a course, book an appointment to see a Careers Consultant to discuss your options.
If you have decided to apply for a postgraduate course usually a Personal Statement will be required by the institution you have applied to. The following career guide on how to write a personal statement for Postgraduate study can assist you in writing this. Please book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to have it reviewed.