In this section we offer advice on what to do with your PhD or Masters qualification in regards to your career options, job searches, marketing yourself and making the most of your time as a student.
What can you do with your degree?
Upon graduation you will have the following options:
Does your Masters/PhD give you an advantage?
Your postgraduate qualification will give you a distinct advantage over your competition, but just including it in your CV is not enough; you will need to promote the benefits and value of it to a prospective employer.
A postgraduate qualification doesn’t automatically demonstrate a higher level of competency and suitability. As well as describing the modules you undertook you will also need to mention how the course has developed you personally and what skills you have acquired since you graduated with your degree.
Focus on what employers are looking for:
When you understand what an employer is looking for, you can tailor your application to suit their needs and demonstrate your suitability through your postgraduate experience.
When meeting with employers, many postgraduates make the mistake of expecting them to automatically offer higher salaries and special entry schemes which can create an impression of being demanding. Unless they promote schemes specifically for postgraduates, you should aim to demonstrate interest in the employer and ask questions to find out where you can add value. Promote your skills and experiences with the added benefit of completing a postgraduate course to enhance your suitability for a position.
Start to look for positions with employment as soon as you start your postgrad to see what is available in the market and also to take advantage of vacancy applications that need to be submitted 6 months or a year in advance.