Find out how to put your skills to use and get a job after your Masters degree...
Studying a Masters demonstrates your commitment and capability towards completing an intensive and demanding qualification. If your Masters subject is related to your chosen profession, you will also have specialist knowledge and competency in that field.
Masters-level graduates face the same competition as thousands of first degree graduates, but their chances of success are potentially increased by their postgraduate qualification, as this provides added value to their CV. Employers welcome the transferable skills as well as the more technical and vocational skills gained through specific Masters study.
However, completing a Masters does not mean you will automatically get a job over someone with a first degree; other experience and skills will be taken into account. It also doesn’t guarantee that you will enter the job at a higher level on a higher salary.
Masters degrees are required for certain jobs and are useful if you wish to change careers as they can provide you with specific required knowledge. They are also valued in Europe and other countries across the world.
Employers value qualifications as well as skills and experience, and it is essential that you demonstrate how your Masters can be of use in the particular job you are applying for.
Your Masters will have provided you with specific skills that may be of a particular relevance to the job area. There will also be transferable skills picked up from the Masters course that will be an asset. These may include:
Ensure the skills you possess are clearly conveyed in your CV and cover letter. Don’t just list what you did in your Masters degree but really think about how your Masters will add value and help to solve critical issues within that organisation. Tailor your skills gained to the role and to the needs of that employer. For further ideas, see what skills do employers want?
Try a skills audit to effectively understand the skills you already have. This is a self-reflective process that enables you to identify your strengths and realise any gaps in your skills. Consider the skills you have gained through your present studies, key projects, other qualifications, past and present work experience and responsibilities, and achievements in leisure activities and hobbies. Consider your level of competency in each skill and how you might be able to develop any skills further. This could be through volunteering, paid work or short courses, for example.
Job hunting requires a lot of preparation and organisation. For an in-depth guide to finding work, including job choice and the recruitment and selection process, see job hunting.
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