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Postgraduate students

If you are studying for a full-time Postgraduate course such as a Masters or PG Diploma, how you go about your Career Planning and preparing yourself for life after University will largely depend on your experience to date, and the nature of the course you are doing. However, there are some questions that you should ask yourself regardless of what you are studying:

  • If you are studying for a specifically vocational qualification such as a PGCE or Counselling studies, are you building up the necessary work experience to go alongside your training?
  • Are you studying for your qualification with a specific career goal in mind? If so, what research have you done about that career, to help you understand what you need to do to prepare yourself for applying for jobs in that area.
  • If you don’t know what area of work you want to go into, you can find out about different kinds of jobs, and consider the options with a Masters degree (or an alternative view here).
  • Even though you may only be at the University for 1 year, if you are studying on a full-time course, it is still important to try and get work or volunteering experience to build your CV, so check out YSJConnect for opportunities that might fit around your studies.
  • Some PG students have already had significant work experience prior to coming to York St John. It’s important to think about how you can use your transferable skills and experience in your future career, whether you are planning to return to working in a similar industry/sector or looking to move into something completely new.
  • Because PG students vary significantly in experience and area of study, and are only at University for a relatively short period of time, it’s especially important that you really think about your career planning at an early stage. We strongly advise that you make an appointment to see a Careers Adviser to discuss your options.