October 20, 2020, by Jackie Thompson
The Role a Masters Will Play in My Career
By Radu Andro, BSc Biochemistry and Genetics
I decided to apply for a postgraduate course after realising that I wanted to build a career in biotechnology. I took into consideration many other possibilities before settling on a masters.
My decision was based on the fact that a masters could provide me with not only important theoretical knowledge, but also with practical experience and industrial placement opportunities. Finding a course which offered extensive work experience was a priority, and it was crucial for me that I identified what my needs were before embarking on my search.
Careers team support
When I finally narrowed down my course choices, it was time to work on my application, and I started by making an appointment with a career adviser. The Careers team had already helped me when I needed advice on deciding what to do after my undergraduate, and as always, their help was very useful.
I found it very easy to contact the team and make an appointment online to talk about what I needed to include in my masters application. I received help with structuring my personal statement and CV, and advice on networking with lecturers and obtaining more information about the course. My career adviser also offered to review my personal statement and CV until I was finally ready to submit it.
What the application process involved
Although different for every university, the application process for a masters was quite intuitive. It revolved around the provision of a personal statement, references, academic transcript, degree certificate and a CV (which is usually optional). You can apply for as many courses as you want but bear in mind you may be asked to pay an application fee at some universities.
The personal statement is the most important part of the application. My priority was showcasing why the course was a perfect fit for my career aspirations, and which elements were most appealing to me. I also included a CV, and I think it can really make a difference when you are able to show your skills and work experience.
If you are thinking of undertaking a postgraduate course, I think it’s important to think about how it will fit in with your future career plans. Make sure to take your time and explore different courses. Speaking to a prospective lecturer before applying is essential in my opinion. It not only gives you an advantage in writing the personal statement, but it gives you the necessary information you need to make an informed decision about your future.
If you need information and advice on applying for a postgraduate course, go to our further study section on our website. Our advisers are available to help with making decisions about your next step and reviewing your personal statement.
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