A broad overview of your career options and information on the destinations of University of Edinburgh postgraduates.
This page gives an overview of broad options after a postgraduate degree, information on destinations of University of Edinburgh graduates, plus some insight into how to make career decisions.
There are many options open to you once you complete your degree. If it was a vocational degree or the subject links to certain career areas then it may help you to pursue a specific career direction. You will also still have access to the wide range of options available at the end of your undergraduate degree.
Although many graduate jobs will not specify that you need a postgraduate degree, the experience of completing your degree will enable you to market yourself for those opportunities more confidently and hopefully more successfully.
Your broad options on graduation include:
Employment related to your postgraduate degree.
If you would like to explore career options or identify potential employers in different employment sectors the Occupations section of our website provides access to a wide range of careers resources.
If you need some inspiration on the possibilities linked to your subject then Options with your subject provides a useful starting point:
Graduate employment unrelated to the subject of your postgraduate degree.
See the Occupations section of the website to explore different career areas, or look at our job search pages for information about graduate recruitment:
Commonly a PhD or a further taught postgraduate degree which is linked to a specific career area. See 'moving on to a PhD' or our further study pages to find out more:
For ideas on how to spend your time out productively including travelling or working see our Time Out pages:
All UK universities carry out a survey of their graduates six months after graduation. The data provides a useful picture of the many and varied paths that people embark on after graduation and can be a good way for you to generate career ideas. You can see individual data from your course showing job and employer names below:
The 2013/14 University of Edinburgh graduate destinations survey showed:
For an overview of UK wide masters graduate destinations see ‘Your Masters...what next?' on the Prospects website:
There are many options open to you once you complete your postgraduate degree but how do you decide which route to take? Career decision making is all about knowing yourself, knowing what's out there, making plans and then implementing them.
To get more help with this see the career planning section of our website: