Exploring Further Study Options and Benefits

With Chris Humphrey

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Are you thinking about further study, but unsure about what to study or how it could boost your career prospects? Let Chris talk you through what your options are if you're considering studying for a postgraduate diploma, Masters or PhD.

Outcomes

    • know the benefits of further study
    • know how to apply for funding and postgraduate courses in the UK
    • be able to get the most out of your further study
    • know how to market yourself for jobs afterwards

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Hello, my name is Chris Humphrey. I’m the founder of the careers website, Jobs on
Toast which I set up in 2012 to help people with higher degrees find fulfilling
careers. In my day job, I work as a project manager in financial services in a bank.

Back in the day, just earning yourself a bachelors’ degree opened the door to a good
job with a reputable company. But today, with almost half of all young people in
England going to university, a bachelors’ degree is much less of a differentiator
than it once was. Employers are on the look out for the skills, experience and
personal qualities that make a candidate stand out from the well-educated crowd.

In my own case, I followed up on my first degree in English Studies with two further
degrees, one being a Masters in Culture and Social Change and after that, a PhD in
Medieval Studies. My strong academic background has been a springboard into a
fulfilling career mixing research, business, project management and consulting. I
still use the skills I gained through my education every day - for instance to
research and write great project proposals; to manage the creation of high quality
outputs during my projects; and to communicate well with my project team and
customers.

You may already be thinking about pursuing further study at university – by which I
mean, taking a postgraduate diploma or certificate a Masters degree or even earning
yourself a PhD. There are so many things to consider around further study though.
Which course will suit you best? How to get funding? How far will it boost your
employability? Even will you end up being overqualified?

So, in this course I’m going to share with you my thinking and experience on the pros
and cons of further study. I’m going to explain the application process and how
postgraduate study is different. I’m also going to give you some tips and tools to
help you with your job search after your studies.

By the end of this course you will:

  • know the benefits of further study
  • know how to apply for funding and postgraduate courses in the UK
  • be able to get the most out of your further study
  • know how to market yourself for jobs afterwards

So let’s get started.

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