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Well-planned postgraduate study 'can help grad jobs hunt'

Published: Thursday, 13 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

Careers opportunities for postgraduates can be plentiful, but only if the additional course adds real value to individuals remaining at university, it has been suggested.

According to Martine Storey, information officer in the University of Manchester's Careers and Employability Division, further study can provide job candidates with "additional skills, experience and knowledge" which enable them to receive higher salaries or enjoy faster career progression.

However, writing for the Independent, she suggests that participating in postgraduate study for the sake of it is unlikely to be of any benefit to a graduate.

Ms Storey comments that enrolling on a course "with only a vague hope" it will help make you stand out from the crowd of graduates is "unwise".

"It is vital that you do your research into the roles that interest you and the courses that are available, so you can decide on the best course to help you succeed in your chosen career."

Joe McDermott, the chief executive officer of Interviewgold.com, claimed last month that university leavers seeking graduate jobs need to learn employability skills such as interviewing well.

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