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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 …

My PhD Journey So Far

By Luke Francis, PhD student Having reached half time in my four year PhD programme, I think the time is right to think about what doing a PhD is all about – and share this with the lucky reader! Firstly – why did I do a PhD? Halfway through my fourth year of my MSci …

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 …

Working in Sales: What I Learned

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger To support my masters degree, I got a part-time job in sales. Sales was a career area I had always been interested in, and I have learned a lot from the experience. Here are the top five things I learned: Representing the brand You are responsible for …

How to boost a creative writing application

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger To write or not to write: isn’t that always the question? When I first wrote my application for my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, I realised it was severely lacking. My ‘passion’ for my subject was not reflected in my real-life experiences. I …

Applying Academic Focus to Wider Careers

By Imogen Worrall, Archaeological Science student blogger From GCSE onwards, we are taught to specialise. Narrowing down the number of subjects further and further until at university we are left, usually, with just one. From there, focus shifts into specialisation, commonly in the form of a dissertation. Continuing along the academic path, it becomes easy …

There’s More to a PhD than Studying

By Rowland Seymour, PhD Mathematical Sciences I chose to do a PhD because I enjoy doing research, but I didn’t realise the other skills I would develop along the way. Doing a PhD has helped me become a better public speaker, be more creative in my thinking and most of all, be more confident about …

Why I Decided to Study a Masters

By Julia Cox, MPH Public Health (Global Health) Diverse and emerging global public health challenges are of great interest to me and led me to enrol in the Master of Public Health (Global Health) at the University of Nottingham.   Expanding my career options Completing this course widens the number and range of prospective career and educational opportunities. The course offers high-quality lectures and workshops delivered by University …

Postgraduate Students: What’s Next?

By Julie Blant, Postgraduate Careers Manager, Business School Whether you are new to the university or returning to us, you’ll know how time flies during your studies. Hopefully you’ve already given some thought to what your next step might be. If you haven’t? Don’t panic. It’s not too late to start thinking about it. As …