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Why go back to uni?

Employment beckons for around 60% of graduates according to the 2012 Higher Education Careers Services Unit report “What do graduates do?”. But for many graduates further study and training is the pathway of choice.

If you love learning, you don’t just have to stop after an undergraduate degree, there are many postgraduate options available.

Why Go Back?

There are a number of reasons why someone might choose to participate in postgraduate study:

• A further qualification may be necessary for career development.
• It could be a way of improving your job prospects.
• You might simply love your subject.

Whatever it is that motivates you, it’s vital that you make the decision that is best for your future.

Before you invest your time and money into another qualification, it's well worth weighing up the long-term benefits you will gain from the experience in comparison to the disadvantages.

Ultimately, it all boils down to that one crucial question – how will postgraduate study help you out in your future career?

Sooner or later you will have to get a job, so it is important to think pragmatically when considering whether or not to participate in postgraduate study. It can be very beneficial if it is something you are genuinely interested in. However, the underlying concern of most employers is that the academic route could be chosen as a means of avoiding the ‘real’ world.

There is a risk that spending extra time in the library or laboratory could be detrimental to your employability rating, unless you actively build and market your transferable skills. 

Yet if a postgraduate candidate can demonstrate that they have the skills to make it in the workplace, by taking part in placements and engaging in extracurricular activities, along with their further education, this could prove to be very strong.

Therefore, a postgraduate degree is not a guarantor of quality in itself, but when backed up with a decent skill set, it becomes highly sought after. When taking up that mortarboard again, be prepared to keep a focus on that ultimate goal: employment.