Welcome to the Postgraduate Careers Module
This module was created by our professionally qualified Careers Consultants to support the career development of postgraduate taught students at the University of Strathclyde.
It will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate experience at Strathclyde through engaging with content and activities that support you to:
- explore where your masters could take you and develop an understanding of the processes of career choice and career development
- enhance your employability through engaging in opportunities that will also build your network
- build your confidence in effectively searching for opportunities and making applications whether for work or further study
- access the support available to you during your studies and after graduation
The module is not credit bearing and does not include any assignments although there are activities throughout that we encourage you to engage with. You may decide to work through it from start to finish or dip into sections, and topics, that are most relevant to the stage you are at.
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- Are you an MSc student studying in the Business School? You are already enrolled on Mastering Your Career a dedicated resource specifically for Masters students in SBS. Find it on your list of courses on MyPlace or click Mastering Your Career
- Are you an undergraduate student? Please enrol on the undergraduate careers module instead which has been developed for all current undergraduate students from 1st year onwards
- Are you a graduate? Unfortunately you cannot access MyPlace which hosts this module however our Careers Online Toolkit has some fantastic resources that cover many of these topics
- If are an autistic student or graduate interested in developing your employability skills this free online course been developed and produced by a team of experts, including autistic graduates, autistic workplace mentors, non-autistic university careers consultants, and non-autistic researchers.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- explain the role of your postgraduate studies in developing readily identifiable subject specific knowledge and abilities as well as transferable skills in relation to career choice
- research and describe typical degree related career options and/or options you are interested in, using a range of reputable information sources
- demonstrate knowledge of the general trends in graduate employment related to your postgraduate qualification in the broadest sense, and identify your development needs in relation to this
- identify the key elements of effective career decision making and relate knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses, values, interests and personality to the requirements of opportunities, and understand their significance in relation to your career choice
- recognise specific skills, qualifications and experience requiring further development in relation to your career choice
- devise an action plan for short to medium term career research/development informed by your self-awareness and effective career research
- apply understanding of recruitment and selection methods and tailor your written and verbal self -presentation effectively to demonstrate ability to meet requirements of opportunities
The module is divided into 10 sections:
- Student support at Strathclyde - we want to ensure you are aware of our excellent student support services and how to access them. This section also highlights the support, and opportunities, that are available to you through the Careers Service including information, resources and advice for international students.
- Why are you doing a masters? - this section supports you to reflect on your reasons for choosing postgraduate study and to explore where your masters could lead you
- Make career decisions - this section is about career decisions and career planning and includes activities that support you in taking control of your career
- Enhance your employability - understand what we mean by employability at Strathclyde and identify opportunities that you can get involved with which will help you further develop your employability and connect with students from other disciplines
- Develop your job search strategy - this section will enable you to achieve a better understanding of the UK and international labour markets. You will also learn how to job search effectively and find opportunities relating to your career goals
- Prepare for recruitment processes - this section is all about the importance of doing your research! Research can help you to understand jobs, organisations and sectors, help you make decisions about your career and, ultimately, will help you to stand out during a recruitment process
- Make applications - a closer look at key stages of the recruitment process: CVs, cover letters, application forms, psychometric testing and interviews
- Build and use your network - this section is all about building, maintaining and using your network to support your career development
- Thinking of a PhD? - are you considering continuing your academic studies after your current course? This section will help you to understand what postgraduate research is and to consider whether it is right for you. It includes activities that prepare you for making applications for a PhD/doctoral study.
- Support after graduation - learn more about the support available to you after you have graduated
If you have any questions, or experience any problems accessing content, please email email@example.com with Postgraduate Careers Module in the subject line.
If you are a member of staff and would like to discuss embedding this module into your PDP, careers education programme or have any questions at all please contact your Faculty Careers Consultant.
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