Are post graduate studies worth your while?

Competition is high for almost every job there is going. In order to get your hands on your ideal job, you need a way to stand out from the crowd. There are a few different ways to do this, but the two major options are to have as much work experience as possible or to have completed some post graduate studies.

A quick browse through common job specifications in the UK shows that few jobs actually ask for any qualifications above degree level. A Masters or PhD may therefore seem unnecessary. After 17 or 18 years of studying, the last thing you might want to do is an additional two or three years of post graduate studies, particularly if few employers are asking for them.

However, they could be the difference between landing your dream job and getting passed over.

There is a lot to consider when thinking about doing post graduate studies, such as funding, which university to choose and how the qualification will fit into your employment plan. Some employers prefer work experience to post grad degrees; but even if you have work experience the competition can be so high that having a post grad is vital to standing out from the crowd.

For some degrees, doing post graduate studies is almost essential. For generalist graduates, it can be extremely difficult to find employment in your field without an extra few years of studying.

If you wish to do post graduate studies you should aim to get at least a 2:1 in your degree. Most UK universities ask for a 1st or a 2:1 in a relevant subject.

Post graduate studies may seem like your ticket to landing a dream job. However, it's important that you don’t rush into doing it. Make sure you do your research - for example which universities have good reputations for post graduate studies? Can you get funding for your course? And, perhaps most importantly of all, do you need it?

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