Staying on or returning to University can be a real boost to your career plans. However, it is also a big investment and you should be clear about your motivations and how the course you are considering will benefit you.
Common reasons for further study include:
- It's necessary - For some careers doing another course is needed, either to get the required professional qualification - teaching and social work are examples of this - or because you are expected to have a higher degree - for example, for academic research.
- It's a good option - For many other career areas, a postgrad course can help you change direction or specialise. Areas like marketing or logistics are examples of this. A postgrad might not be absolutely necessary though and it's worth checking this out through the information on types of jobs our Virtual Library.
- I want to do more - If you enjoyed your degree and want to find out more or specialise in a particular area of your subject, another year of study can often do the trick.
- Employers will love it! - That's not always the case. Employers look for a range of things. It's true that this includes academic qualifications but that's not all. Employers will also look for relevant experience and transferable skills. More qualifications won't make up for a lack in these. Check out our Career Planning and Jobs & Work Experience sections for more information.
Staying on for another year or four is a big decision. Postgrad courses are usually a lot more demanding than undergraduates, so you will need to be committed and ready to take on the challenge. A postgrad can also be a big investment financially. Funding is not guaranteed, so an extra year's study or more could cost you.
Staying on just because you can't really decide what else to do is not the best idea! If you are in this position, check out our Career Planning section for ideas on how to get started or search our Virtual Library to see what is possible with your degree subject. Of course, you can also have a chat with your Careers Adviser about your plans.
Want to know more?
Our pages on UK study & funding and International study & funding will give you information on the types of courses available, how to choose, how to apply and the different funding options. Why not have a look?
Our virtual library contains searchable resources available online and at the Careers Service. Use the links below to find the resources related to further study.