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How to Make the Most of Your Time as a Postgraduate Student

Even though you may be tempted to solely focus on your academic performance during your time as a postgraduate student, it’s important to do things you probably won’t be able to do when you enter full-time employment. Taking a postgraduate degree is basically a second chance at student life. You’ve done your first years as an undergraduate, starting out fresh to the university experience and living within a student bubble. Now you can try it again with all the knowledge you have gained from those years. So, how can you make sure you make the most of your time as a postgraduate student? Here are a few different ways you can make the most out of this experience. 

Try Different Careers 

If you’re thinking about doing a vocational postgraduate degree, you probably already have an idea of what you want to be doing professionally, but there’s nothing stopping you from looking around. 

Think about your interests and see if there is something else you would like to try before you commit to a full-time role. Get work experience in a new field, attend industry conferences, shadow someone you find interesting. Trying different things will open your horizons to different career paths or confirm your one true passion. 


Even though donating time to a charity is still perfectly manageable once you start working, it can become tricky when there are commitments and tighter schedules. Take your time as a postgraduate to make a positive impact in the world. Not only will it make you feel good, it could also ultimately actually help you in your studies. Plus, making it a consistent part of your life at this point will make it easier to carry on after you leave university. 

Enjoy Those Long Holidays 

Sadly, long breaks often stop being a thing the moment you sign an employment contract. If you have the means, take long trips, explore as much as you can, or just enjoy time off without work worries. Obviously, you still get those things when you’re working, just not so often. 

Join a Society 

Not particularly groundbreaking, but think about it – when else will you have a chance to join a Mario Kart society? Plus, many activities considered acceptable as a student suddenly become frowned upon when you’re a fully functioning adult with a full-time job. Dressing up as Where’s Wally once a month for nights out may be okay for students, but maybe not so much when you finish your 9-to-5. 

Open Your Own Business 

We may not all become Bill Gates or Richard Branson, but you can still give it a go. When you start working, having any sort of coherent thoughts after you turn off your computer is a struggle, let alone starting a business from scratch, so your period as a postgrad could be your time to shine. 

Coming up with ideas is always a great thing but being entrepreneurial is especially important. The internet has made it much easier to create your own way of making money, be it by selling a skill you’ve got like coding, setting up your own website to sell products you make or using your knowledge of social media to manage Instagram or Twitter accounts for a small business.  

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