As a postgraduate already committed to further study, demands on your time can seem overwhelming and it's easy to put off planning your next move. However, whatever stage you have reached within your postgraduate course or research, having clearly identified goals for the future will help you to maintain your focus and motivation so it's never too early to begin exploring the wide range of options open to you.
The University's Careers Service can help you understand how to make effective career decisions and prepare for careers which will satisfy your ambitions and use your talents. It offers a high quality integrated guidance, information and vacancy service for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University and all students are strongly encouraged to use its facilities.
Whilst you are at university there is much you can do to develop your employability both inside and outside of your studies. History itself is regarded by many employers as being an excellent subject in which to develop many transferable skills – for example critical and analytical ability, the expertise to write clearly and concisely, the ability to reach an informed judgement from diverse and complex information, skill in giving presentations.
These will be valued together with experiences you will gain in other settings, most likely from work experience and involvement in student activities and events and facilities offered by the Careers Service.
What does the Career Service offer?
Careers Service - Information Resources
Make use of the Careers Service, located at 388 Glossop Road, next to the Students' Union. It contains a wide range of reference and take-away literature, PCs with career planning software and DVDs to help you plan your next move. Find out more.
Careers Advice - Getting Started
You can explore you options on-line or Careers Advisers can offer advice sessions on any careers related subject. Find out more.
If you need an appointment, you can book one whenever you need and if the Adviser thinks that you need more in-depth guidance, then s/he will refer you for a one-hour appointment with the Careers Adviser linked to your course.
Application and Interview Advice
The Career’s Service runs CV review appointments and can also offer advice on applications and preparing for interviews; psychometric tests and assessment centres. Find out more.
The Careers Service also offers a series of on-line resources and talks to help you develop skills and learn application and interview techniques:
They also have a Careers Essentials for Taught Postgraduates briefing guide available to download here.