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Tips on Applying for Postgraduate Study. Ann Henderson Jeanette Holt Careers Advisers. To Come …… .. What to include in a CV Personal Statement (Masters) Research Proposal (PhD) Career options & destinations (PhD) Career options & destinations (Masters) Your questions answered.

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tips on applying for postgraduate study

Tips on Applying for Postgraduate Study

Ann Henderson

Jeanette Holt

Careers Advisers

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To Come……..
  • What to include in a CV
  • Personal Statement (Masters)
  • Research Proposal (PhD)
  • Career options & destinations

(PhD)

  • Career options & destinations

(Masters)

  • Your questions answered
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ANN HENDERSON

CAREERS ADVISER

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

and

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

to recap
TO RECAP…..

POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT (PGT)

= MASTERS

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH (PGR)

= PhD

(and PsychD, EngD, DBA, D Phil)

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WHAT DOES “CV” STAND FOR?

CURRICULUM VITAE

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

COURSE OF LIFE

map your life
MAP YOUR LIFE
  • Your present studies
  • Key projects
  • Education & qualifications –

academic and vocational

  • Work experience –

relevant/other/paid/voluntary

  • Responsibilities
  • Achievements
  • Leisure activities
things you need to do
Things you need To Do
  • Map your life
  • Assess your skills
  • Qualities already gained
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CURRICULUM VITAE

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personal profile or career objective
PERSONAL PROFILEorCAREER OBJECTIVE
  • Brief - 3 or 4 lines
  • State your career focus
  • Evidence of 2 or 3 main strengths
  • Target to specific course &

university……customise!

  • Sell yourself! don’t write what

everyone else does

education qualifications
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
  • List in reverse order (recent first)
  • Include dates, institution, town
  • Summarise GCSEs (do not list!)
  • Include relevant modules,

projects & dissertations

  • Grades & predicted

results

pgr cvs
PGR CVs
  • Emphasise your academic

record

  • Details of your proposal &

research interests

  • Make sure comprehensible to

people outside your field

work experience
WORK EXPERIENCE

all work experience counts,

paid, voluntary or shadowing

  • List in reverse order (recent first)
  • List separately relevant, subject specific & other experience
  • Experience gained outside the

UK is just as relevant

  • Focus upon responsibilities &

achievements

  • Skills used & developed
skills competencies
ORAL

& WRITTEN

COMMUNICATION

SKILLS…COMPETENCIES

RESEARCH

CRITICAL

THINKING

TIME

MANAGEMENT

I.T.

LEADERSHIP

DATA

COLLECTION & ANALYSIS

PROJECT

MANAGEMENT

COMMERCIAL

AWARENESS

TEAM WORK

PROBLEM

SOLVING

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GOOD ACADEMIC

REFERENCES ARE

ESSENTIAL

layout make an impact be original
2 sides A4

Focus on information provided

Easy to read

Font size 11 or 12

Avoid large blocks of text

Use bullet points

Good quality paper

Consistent style & format

Check spelling and grammar!

LAYOUTMAKE AN IMPACT – BE ORIGINAL
electronic cvs tips
ELECTRONIC CVsTIPS……
  • Formatting readable in

all packages?

  • May be scanned for key criteria
  • Will layout travel electronically?
  • Use key words and phrases
  • Normal typeface –tnr or arial
  • Do not use underlining or italics
covering letter should
COVERING LETTER SHOULD….
  • Present your motivation
  • Demonstrate your interests and

knowledge

  • Highlight your unique selling points
  • Give extra information that does

not fit into CV or application form

  • Explain any personal issues in

your application

why do a masters
Why do a Masters?
  • Where do you hope that it will lead you? Make sure you check the destinations information and know the career options, increased employability depends on the course.
  • Your chosen career may require it or you may need it to change to a new career area, or you may just love the subject
  • A Masters is an advantage for some careers.
  • It may help you to stand out from the crowd of undergraduates but it will be hard work and needs commitment.
  • The key thing is whether it is right for you as an individual.
  • Think carefully, it can be expensive as funding is often sporadic and competitive. A part-time Masters could be an option.
how to write a personal statement for a masters course
How to Write a Personal Statement for a Masters Course

Make sure you follow the instructions carefully as not all universities require the same information

Whatever you say needs to be related to your application and should be aimed at persuading the admissions tutor to offer you a place.

Be business like and structure your statement by grouping relevant information together.

personal statement for a masters course
Personal Statement for a MastersCourse

Why are you applying?

  • State why you are interested in this particular area of study and where you hope it will lead you in terms of your career.
  • What have you done to find out about this area of study or career?
  • What attracts you to this specific course at this university? Refer to any special features, such as specific modules or teaching styles.
personal statement additional information for a masters course
Personal Statement/Additional Information for a Masters Course

What do you have to offer?

  • What knowledge and skills did you gain from your first degree? Include any relevant modules, dissertation or project, report writing, research techniques or other technical skills.
  • Include any skills and qualities which you have gained from any work experience, work-shadowing, voluntary and extra-curricular activities.
  • Why you? Finish by summarising the key skills and qualities you can bring to the course/profession. Show enthusiasm for the course.
final tips for masters application
Final Tips for Masters Application
  • Style – Write in the active rather than passive tense
  • Proof read for spellings, grammar, punctuation or ask someone else to check it for you.
  • Research the course and provide evidence for your suitability.
what do masters graduates do
What do Masters Graduates do?

National Destinations Survey of UK-domiciled Masters students from all UK universities: See ‘What do Masters Graduates Do? www.prospects.ac.uk

29,430 gave information to the DLHE survey in 2005

The information is broken down into different subject areas.

You can find out information on destinations from specific Masters courses by e-mailing the admissions tutor or in the case of Surrey University checking the careers service web-site.

first destinations of masters graduates
Entered work in the UK

Working and studying

Entered training or studying in the UK

Working or studying overseas

Not available for work or study

Unemployed

Other

69.3%

9.5%

7.5%

3.0%

3.3%

4.2%

3.2%

First Destinations of Masters Graduates
masters destinations useful facts
Masters Destinations-Useful Facts
  • 22% entered management level jobs
  • 65% entered other professional level jobs
  • Relative to undergraduate study very few went into work that could be considered non-graduate level only 13.2%. For undergraduates nationally this is approximately 30%.
  • The average number of unemployed graduates from UK universities in 2008 was 8% (Surrey 2.6%)
  • The average number unemployed postgraduates from UK universities was 4%
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Finding out about specific Masters degrees
  • Information about Surrey graduates -
    • Details of destinations of Surrey graduates for the past 6 years
    • www.surrey.ac.uk/careers
    • Click on Graduates, then What do Surrey graduates do?
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Average unemployment figures for English Chartered Universities 1996-2008

4=

Bristol 4.2%

4=

Nottingham 4.2%

6

Imperial 4.8%

2

3

Hull 3.5%

Cambridge 4.1%

1

Surrey 2.3%

Top for Jobs

Source: Based on HESA figures (Figures include Home and EU graduates but not diplomates)

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Finding out about specific degrees
  • National information –
    • www.prospects.ac.uk
    • Click on Careers advice/options with your subject
    • Plus a wealth of information on different career and further study options
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LOOKING AT DESTINATIONS

OF PGRs

and

CAREER OPTIONS

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“MORE THAN 70% OF EMPLOYERS

WOULD WELCOME MORE

APPLICATIONS FROM DOCTORAL

RESEARCHERS”

“RECRUITING RESEARCHERS: SURVEY OF EMPLOYER PRACTICE 2009”

VITAE 19 JAN 2010

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EMPLOYERS RANKED PGR

COMPETENCIES HIGHEST IN:

DATA ANALYSIS

PROBLEM SOLVING

DRIVE and MOTIVATION

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

ALSO LISTED LEADERSHIP and

COMMERCIAL AWARENESS

“RECRUITING RESEARCHERS: SURVEY OF EMPLOYER PRACTICE 2009”

VITAE 19 JAN 2010

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PhD GRADUATES 2008

TOTAL PhD GRADS 14505

UK DOMICILED 7875

% UK DOMICILED 54%

% OTHER EU 12%

% NON EU 34%

DATA SOURCE:GRADUATE PROSPECTS USING DLHE SURVEYS 2003-8

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IF YOU WANT MORE

INFORMATION ON DESTINATIONS OF PGRs GO TO:

www.vitae.ac.uk

  • Click on Researchers
  • Click on Publications

Search for

“What Do Researchers Do?

First Destinations of Doctoral Graduates by Subject”

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THANK YOU FOR TIME

AND

GOOD LUCK!

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