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Job market requires postgraduate degrees
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Graduate job hunters who want to stick out from the crowd when it comes to sending their CV out may impress employers if they have gone on to postgraduate education, one expert has said.
University of Glamorgan deputy vice-chancellor Julie Lydon wrote for WalesOnline.co.uk that not only do postgraduate courses offer one more year of student life but also the skills and knowledge employers are increasingly after.
Ms Lydon cited figures which show that 40 per cent of young people in the UK have a bachelor's degree, leaving those with postgraduate qualifications to shine when it comes to applying for a graduate job.
She added: "A postgraduate qualification can provide a distinct advantage to job applicants, particularly in the current climate when competition for places is fierce. The pressure on universities to deliver postgraduate courses, which prepare students for the challenges of their chosen careers, has never been so intense."
Dr Paul Parry, course leader of the master's degree in animation and special effects at Sheffield Hallam University, recently spoke to the Independent about how important postgraduate qualifications have become in the competitive job market.