If you’re thinking of studying for a Master’s qualification, there are many different things you’ll need to take into consideration. There’s no denying that an MA/MSc qualification will cost a significant amount of money, but what exactly can you do with your qualification once you’ve finished the course?
If you’re looking to pursue a career within the field of academia, then your master's will be a stepping stone onto much greater things.
Although a PhD course may accept fresh graduates from an undergraduate programme, you are much more likely to get on a research course if you hold an MA or MSc qualification in a related subject. The Master’s course is a qualification that acts as a bridge between an honours degree and a PhD, in that the course is both taught and research-based.
Admissions tutors recognise the skills developed at master's level and how they can benefit students on a PhD course. If you are looking to work in fields such as academia or research, then having a PhD will be essential to your career.
World of Work
These days there is no denying that the graduate job market is at saturation point. It is becoming ever more important that job seekers give themselves an extra edge. Having an MA/MSc in a vocational field such as journalism, PR or finance can really boost a candidate’s CV.
Similarly, many Master’s courses also provide students with networking potential and careers guidance. If the course is one which is well established, the university will have contacts through their alumni and lecturers within your industry of choice, all of whom can assist in your search for work.
However, a Master’s qualification alone will not be enough to get you your ideal job and you should use your time as a student to gain vital work experience. If you are looking to gain entry onto a PhD program you should volunteer or find work within libraries, museums or research facilities in order to demonstrate your passion for your subject area.
If you’re looking to pursue a more vocational career path, then you should aim to gain as much work experience as possible while studying. Many MA/MSc courses with a more practical focus will actively encourage their students to spend time interning.
Some students also aim to subsidise the costs of their course through part-time work. This is something that can also boost the CV as it demonstrates organisational skills and the ability to manage time effectively.
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