Ensuring that your Postgraduate degree stands out

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Undoubtedly, there exists a highly competitive modern job market, where gaining the edge over your fellow competitors is vital and comes in many forms. One of these is in the form of a postgraduate degree and, in a world that considers a Masters to be the new Bachelors, you will not be employed based solely on your latest qualification. Once you pay that exorbitant sum for an education abroad, if one considers the current trend, and are working diligently through your degree, a point comes when you will seek employment opportunities in a specialised career. Sure, you will have an advantage over undergraduates for similar positions but this is not enough, you want to be the candidate that sticks out; thus, it is imperative that you ensure that your postgraduate degree, or even diploma, stands out too.

1. Underline your course’s benefits

Here, you will want to stress – particularly in covering letters, on application forms, and in interviews later – that you have gained confidence and understand the nuances of your field much better because of the depth that simply is not found in typical undergraduate courses. For instance, you might acquire a detailed knowledge of how the financial markets operate or how the wing sections of aerospace structures are designed.

2. Combine skills from your previous experience

Linked with the aforementioned point; if you have worked between your under- and postgraduate degrees, you will have a solid set of skills: an ability to work independently as well as presentation, research, writing skills, combined with the paramount knowledge of commercial awareness. However, even if you transition straight to a postgraduate degree without previous employment experience, you will develop and use these skills regularly during your postgraduate degree. When you sit at an interview, you are armed with specialist knowledge of your subject that your prospective employer may value.

3. Provide evidence that separates you from the crowd

Hopefully, you will have chosen a university where the research is strong, thereby attracting ex- and current-industry professionals and the like: the emphasis of this cannot be understated. These professionals know precisely in what manner the theoretical relates to the practical and the way a certain industry functions. With real clients and real-world examples, relating your skills to those expected by the industry becomes clearer. For example, if you have designed a submersible UAV during your Mechanical Engineering postgraduate, be sure to mention it and the skills you have gained.

4. Tailor your job application to your arsenal of knowledge

All those skills you have acquired in the duration of your postgraduate need to be applied, of course, but foremost to your job application. Read and understand the skills profile of the job application before including the components of your course that aided in developing those skills. The specialist nature of most postgraduate degrees enables you to stand out in technical interviews for the relevant market sector. An instance of this would be relating a specific software you used during your course but do ensure these extend beyond the generic Microsoft Office programmes such as Word and PowerPoint.

5. Be confident but also practical

Know your capabilities and be realistic while job seeking; do not boast or take on responsibilities with which you feel that you will be unable to cope. Confidently articulate your capabilities, knowledge, and experience to the business world in order to position yourself as the perfect supplement to the company. To be noticed, fire yourself up and display common sense, eagerness, and a willingness to learn.


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