How I chose between a post-grad degree and a job
Am I better off doing post-grad study, or looking for work? This is a common conundrum for many graduates, as both routes can feel a little uncertain. Here’s Joy with what helped her come to that decision.
One May afternoon I was sitting in my childhood bedroom, having just submitted my dissertation online. With the click of a button my undergraduate degree was over, and I was left with the question of what next?
There were multiple options for me to pick. Would I continue my studies and do a master’s, or would I look for a job? I had no idea what I wanted, so I decided to look into both.
Entering the job market
I already had a job in retail which had allowed me to earn some money and keep busy over the summer. However, my undergraduate was in journalism, and I wanted to work in journalism, media, social media or a content creator role. So I began looking for jobs.
I used mediabeans which posts daily jobs in writing, journalism, social media, and communications. I also found searching via the website of specific companies a useful way to find vacancies.
One thing I learnt during this process is not to be put off from applying if you think the job is out of your reach. Just give it a go, and if you are fortunate enough to get an interview that only adds to your experience. It’s also key you don’t sell yourself short - for example, you may think your volunteering during freshers isn’t noteworthy experience, but it shows you’re a hard-working team player with good communication skills.
Looking at post-grad options
At the same time I was applying for jobs, I looked at courses across different universities. Sites like www.whatuni.com and www.theuniguide.co.uk are great for comparing universities and degrees, and they let you request information, get a prospectus, and book a visit.
I found out that for most post-graduate degrees, you apply directly on the university site rather than through UCAS. Plus the application deadlines are more flexible than with undergraduate degrees, meaning you can continue applying until a few weeks before the start date. Some courses even let you start in January rather than September if that works better for you.
I ended up applying for two degrees - one in sports management and the other in digital marketing. Thankfully, I was offered a place on both so I had a couple of options on the table.
What I went for
I wasn’t successful in my interviews for my job applications, and after some thought, decided to undertake a master’s programme in sports management - knowing this would help me go into sports content creation after I graduate.
Now, five months on, I am confident I made the right decision. I have moved to an exciting new city, made new friends, and started making memories. For once, I feel excited about the prospect of my future career.