Postgraduate Students

What should you be doing?

Don't wait until you've left uni to start planning your career. In addition to your degree, employers are looking for graduates with a range of skills that can be brought to the work place. These can be developed in a number of way such as part-time work, volunteering, or participating in clubs and societies. Have a look at the timeline to give you some ideas:

Whilst you are working towards your postgraduate qualification(s)
Start exploring your options

Your masters course may be required for the career path you wish to follow but, if you are not 100% sure of what you want to do, now is the time to start researching options. Have a look at the University of Bedfordshire careers website to find out what types of work you could do.

Do you have the necessary skills and experience?

Finding graduate level work is not only about your academic qualifications; employers are also looking for previous work experience and relevant skills. If you have little experience in the area you would like to work after uni; now is the time to think about expanding your CV to impress future employers.  Have a look at the Jobs section

Is your CV ready?

When applying for jobs, having a postgraduate qualification on your CV may give you the edge over other candidates. However, is the rest of your CV worth reading? The graduate job market is very competitive - make sure you are prepared! Have a look at  CVs and Applications. Once you have updated your CV, we recommend you have it checked by one of our advisers. Refer to Get Advice for details of their availability.

Thinking about PhD?

You may wish to continue your studies and work towards a PhD. This will involve a period of research training, generally three years but can be longer. You will find information and advice at FindaPhD

A career in research?

For those who want to pursue an academic career, take a look at Vitae where you will find advice and information. Read the stories of other researchers to see what they have done or have a look at the sample academic CVs which are accessible from this site.

Jobs.ac.uk have guide/toolkit for early researchers:

www.jobs.ac.uk/media/pdf/careers/resources/career-development-toolkit-for-researchers.pdf

This guide is described as a practical toolkit aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have gained one to two years' experience in academic research. It offers some general starting points for those wanting to reflect on their career to date and to begin to formulate an ongoing career strategy. May also be useful for researchers who are considering their overall career progress and development in academia, as well as those contemplating a career change.

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