Careers Service

Planning your Masters year

Our schedule for action will help you to make the most of your postgraduate experience.

You’re likely to have a busy timetable during your Master’s course and the time will pass very quickly, particularly if you are a full-time student.  If you’re studying part time or by distance learning, adjust the timings suggested below to fit your mode of study. 

Whether you’re looking for a job for after your studies, or a place on another course, early planning will give you the best chance of success. 

Many major employers start recruiting up to one year in advance. This means you may have to start making job applications just as you begin your postgraduate degree. For further study, too, early planning and applications are essential to give you the best chance of gaining admission and obtaining any available funding. 

Start your career planning from the beginning of your course.  

Semester 1      

Build experience:  investigate opportunities for gaining experience to strengthen your CV, through part-time jobs, voluntary work, or involvement in activities. 

Build experience 

Make career decisions: If you're not sure what you want to do at the end of your degree, find out about types of work that interest you. Find out about the typical recruitment process. Attend our employer events to broaden your awareness of possibilities. Book an appointment with a Careers Consultant if you’d like to discuss your options.  

Find out about types of job and employer   

Meet and hear from employers  

Book an appointment 

Find out about graduate jobs: Go to employer presentations to explore opportunities available and find out about recruitment processes. Check vacancies advertised in MyCareerHub. Application deadlines can be early in Semester 1 so check regularly.  

Meet and hear from employers 

Understand the recruitment process 

Find jobs for after graduation 

Vacancies in MyCareerHub  

Find out about visas: If you’re an international student planning to work in the UK find out about the visa situation 

If you're on a Student / Tier 4 visa

Get ready to market yourself: Start preparing your CV. It should include your current role as a postgraduate student, and what you are gaining from your course.  

How to write a CV 

Find out about further study: Find out what courses interest you and what the application procedures are. Research sources of funding for further study so you don’t miss deadlines for funding applications - these can be as early as December or January. 

Moving on to a PhD

Semester 2     

Look for jobs: Continue to explore your options and look out for new jobs appearing on MyCareerHub and other graduate job websites. Check out employer presentations and careers events being held this semester. Think about using creative job-hunting techniques including networking and speculative applications to unearth those graduate jobs which are never advertised.   

Create your own opportunity  

Prepare for interviews: If you’ve made some applications for work or further study and have interviews coming up, prepare and practise.  

Prepare and practise for interviews 

Review your strategy: If you have not made any plans yet, or are not having success with your applications, you should review your strategy. Book an appointment with a Careers Consultant. 

Book an appointment