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Careers advice for Masters' students

Career planning for all students and graduates is of paramount importance but timing can be especially crucial for taught postgraduates, especially if your course is only for a year! Make the best use of Careers & Employability. Advice is available on moving on or changing your career path, options with your subject, researching employers, enterprise, work experience or job hunting opportunities, our employability standard, the Salford Advantage Award as well as details of the latest careers news and related events.

Knowing yourself

A logical starting point for career planning is to consider your reasons for undertaking a postgraduate qualification in the first place, the subsequent skills and attributes you have accumulated and the options available to you. The Graduate Prospects website can help you with this. The Prospects Guide: Your Masters…what next? is a great place for taught postgraduates to look for career insights relevant to you.

Researching employers is an integral part of the job search process. One of the complaints employers have is that jobseekers they interview, or meet at careers events do not know enough about the company, their values, their competitors, new developments, new markets they are expanding into etc. Do your homework on this as this may help in selling yourself better What Employers Think .

Stand out from the crowd, research your options, think about what skills you have to offer and research the company or Institution you would ideally like to be working for.

Knowing your options

The Graduate Prospects website is a useful resource to explore job options linked both closely and laterally to your course of study. The occupational database allows you to research specific job roles, entry requirements, career development opportunities and typical employers.

Graduate Prospects: Options with your subject

Graduate Prospects: Occupations

Many Masters students also consider a PhD. In addition to Graduate Prospects pages on Further study you can use Jobs.ac.uk and FindaPhD.com to seek out opportunities.

There may also be specific information sources for certain postgraduate programmes, for example MBAs have a whole host of careers resources available to them. Examples include Top MBA as well as information from AMBA which accredits the Salford MBA.

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