Careers and Placements offers you:
Watch this short Introduction to Careers and Placements for taught postgraduates to find out more.
Additional information and resources for
Help us to understand more about the career-planning needs of taught postgraduate students by completing the postgraduate careers survey.
Your Career Journey has been developed to help you get the most out of your Masters at York, by planning your time here, reviewing what you have achieved and moving towards a career that you will succeed in. The journey is broken down into three stages, to help you explore your options, and suggesting activities to develop your skills, strengths and leadership qualities and prepare to apply for jobs or further study.
York Strengths is open to all students, including taught and research postgraduates.
The programme aims to help you identify your personal strengths and understand the part they can play in your career planning, as well as introduce you to a range of tools and opportunities to support your transferable skills development.
Find out more about York Strengths, including how to access York Strengths Online*, an interactive online course that enables you to discover your strengths - the things you're good at and love to do - at your own pace and in a place that suits you.
* Taught Postgraduate students will be automatically enrolled via Yorkshare VLE. If you are having trouble accessing it, email email@example.com. If you are a distance learner and would like to access the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers and Placements support is available to you during your time at York, and after you graduate, and includes:
Information and resources on
Recorded careers sessions and presentations on a range of topics for you to access at a time that suits you (log into the VLE first to watch these).
Follow the links from the website (University of York log-in required)
York Futures Scholarship - full-time postgraduate taught students can apply for scholarships of £250, £1,000 or £3,000 to cover costs associated with work experience and other development opportunities related to employability. Applications are competitive and students from underrepresented backgrounds will receive particular consideration.
The earlier you start thinking about your future, the better. The time during your postgraduate degree will go very quickly! Postgraduate students are welcome at our events, see the complete listing in Handshake.
To help you think about, and prepare for, Life after a Masters, you may be interested in the following careers sessions and presentations.
Summer term events specifically for postgraduates:
To get started with career planning, use the Get ideas web pages.
Next Steps Planner - check your progress with your future plans.
Identify the skills you may have developed to a higher level through Masters study, such as:
There is an expectation that at Masters level there will be
(From: What is mastersness? Report of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2013)
Watch presentations on
- Marketing your Masters to employers for more on key skills Masters students should be able to demonstrate
- Developing skills and experience for taught postgraduate students for suggestions on how to gain experience, explore your strengths and develop your skills during your Masters course.
Graduate recruiters welcome applications from postgraduates. While some jobs may ask for a Masters degree, it tends not to be a specific entry requirement in the UK, so you'll need to demonstrate the extra skills you've gained. The type and level of job you can apply for will depend on your level of experience and the type of Masters you are studying. Think about what makes you stand out.
Marketing your Masters presentation
Check graduate scheme application deadlines - some close in autumn / Semester 1 for UK schemes so need early applications. Find out about start dates as you will still be studying during the summer when some schemes start. Some employers recruit on a rolling basis and may be flexible around your course dates. And don’t forget the opportunities offered by smaller businesses or SMEs, who account for around a third of graduate jobs and recruit year round. KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) offer skilled graduates the opportunity to work collaboratively with a business and university to deliver an innovative project, see the University's KTP pages for more information.
Case studies - careers in Higher Education
Short videos from Human Resources at the University of York showcasing a range of careers, many following on from postgraduate study.
Find out more about graduate jobs.
Search Handshake for vacancies, as well as vacancy websites and professional bodies’ websites and check out the Look for work section for other job sites. Keep a check on specialist vacancy and professional bodies’ websites for those jobs requiring a specific Masters degree. See also Prospects website for advice on getting a job after your Masters.
The UK labour market for Masters graduates presentation
Finding and applying for jobs: Graduate schemes, presentation for postgraduates
If you want to work in a different country after your studies see our International Work page, with links to Prospects, GradLink and GoinGlobal to help in your job search.
International students hoping to work in the UK, see Working in the UK after your studies in information for international students.
If you are passionate about your subject, you may be considering applying for a PhD, which could lead to an academic career or a career in another sector. Either way, you need to start early in researching possible avenues, universities and funding opportunities.
Find out about PhDs, applying and funding, in our recorded sessions (Oct 2020). Log into the VLE before clicking on the links: