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Matthew Rampley - Jobs & Careers

Last Updated:

11th June 2013

When they graduate, the kinds of careers that our students go on to are really quite varied. They range on the one hand from careers that are very closely linked to the subject of study. For example there's a fair number of graduates who've gone on to careers actually working in the university sector for example, in their own particular fields.

Within the History of Art, a fair number of our graduates have gone on to work as curators for example in museums and art galleries. More broadly than that, they all go on to other professional careers that aren't necessarily linked specifically to their subject. I think often there's an assumption that a master's degree is particularly just for students who are going on to a particular career that's related to the subject of study. And while many of them do, a master's degree is just an extra qualification that gives them a little bit of extra confidence and competitiveness within the broader work place. Just recently, for example, I was talking to one of our students who'd undertaken a PhD in the History of Art and she was now working in banking. Obviously there's no necessary and obvious link between those two, but she felt that the kinds of skills that she'd acquired through her PhD had put her in very good stead for that.

That's what we aim to do with our graduate programs is on the one hand equip students for skills that allow them to then develop a much more specialized career relating to the subject of study whether it's in translation, interpreting, in the art world, in the music world. We're always conscious of the fact that students will then go on to, and they need to have skills for much a much broader range of possible careers, and we do that too. They do that very successfully.

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