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‘ The additional skills that you acquire during the course of a Masters are transferable . Even if it is not a vocational course, a Masters degree shows that you can take the challenge of an in-depth specialised course that is at a higher level than undergraduate study.
‘ You are more likely to learn and interact in smaller groups at postgraduate level, similar to what one would find in the workplace. This improves team-working skills and encourages problem-solving techniques . It’s not just what subject you’ve studied but how you managed your studies and the experiences that you gained that employers will be interested in.’
This is the reality for the majority of postgraduate
students. It’s hard work but it can be done
Most PG students study part time so it is possible to work part time (or even full time) and study.
Flexible study modes such as credit transfer, modular study and distance learning also make working and studying a realistic possibility.
Many PG students have their fees paid for by their employer. This may be part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or connected to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Working and studying ‘ I am lucky that my employers have agreed to fund the course, which is an obvious advantage to me, but in return they will reap the rewards of my acquired skills and knowledge, resulting ultimately in a more qualified and experienced employee.’ ‘ My employment with the Royal Air Force allowed me to qualify for a particular job in the Defence Logistics Organisation, who are meeting the costs of my course and continuing to pay my salary.’