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How To Prepare for a PhD

By, Amanda Kale – PhD Creative Writing Having just begun my PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham in February 2021, I certainly don’t have the widest breadth of experience, yet. However, I have learned a great amount these past few months, and would love to share some advice with anyone willing to …

Studying for My Masters: The World Is My Oyster

By, Ifigenia Constantinou, MSc Occupational Psychology Why did you decide to undertake a masters? After finishing my BSc in Psychology, I was still unsure of what I wanted to do in the future. Admittedly, I did not feel ready for the “real world.” I first heard about occupational psychology as part of an event hosted …

How To Approach a Difficult Decision at Work or in Your Career

By Gemma Foxall, Employability Officer We make hundreds of decisions every day, some are easier than others. Decisions about what to eat for lunch, or whether we need to wear a raincoat today might be straightforward enough. But making decisions about your career, which roles to apply for, or which area of specialism to focus …

4 Ways To Boost Your Employability Using Lab Skills

By Peter Kay, Senior Careers Adviser The last 16 months have been challenging for many reasons, not least the lack of laboratory time as part of your course. Looking for a job or PhD degree that requires a level of laboratory skills makes applying for an opportunity even more challenging. Or does it? So what …

Thinking About Postgraduate Study?

By Suzanne Mcgregor, Faculty of Arts Careers and Employability Consultant As you approach the end of your current course, you may be thinking about embarking on more study. This is a popular option and our careers team spends a lot of time with students discussing what, why, where, when, and how. What? Your choices are …

A PhD or Industry?

By Joseph George Walters, PhD Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy How would you even begin to know if a PhD was right for you? Testing the waters of both working in industry and academic research helped me to decide. An Uncertain Future As a second-year undergraduate I was not sure what to do after my …

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 …

My experience of applying for a masters

By Amelia Hadjianastasi, American studies and history student I’ve been thinking about my next step after University throughout my studies. Having considered my interests, I’ve decided to further my education by studying a postgraduate course in order to pursue a legal career. As I’m studying American studies and history at Nottingham, I knew that completing …

Teach First: The Taster Experience

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, second year student blogger Two full days on Zoom? Yes, it is as exhausting as it sounds. But that was exactly what I signed up for when I enrolled in Teach First’s Taster Programme. Teach First is a UK charity that aims to tackle education inequality in the …

How Do You Know a PhD Is Right for You?

By Jo Workman, Employability Education Projects Officer A PhD is a huge commitment, taking three or more years to complete, and resulting in the creation of new knowledge. But how do you know whether it will be the right move for you? We asked two psychology students to tell us how they progressed into their …