Congratulations at being awarded a place on your Masters programme! Well done & welcome to postgrad life at QMUL.
Have you chosen your modules yet? It may seem weird, but as you head off to those first lectures & tutorials that will ultimately lead to your postgraduate degree, we want to challenge you to also be thinking ‘…and what next?’, as the next 12 months will fly by.
Make sure that early in the academic year, you actually schedule time to research and explore your future options; to attend careers & departmental events; to identify your skills & values; to understand the key skills required for careers that interest you; and to take the time to build a CV that demonstrates you have those skills.
Thinking about ‘what next’ does not mean that you have to make decisions now, but it does mean that if you do not have much experience or knowledge of graduate work, you need to start exploring & building experience now. It is much easier to first make contact with an interesting organisation by writing to say: ‘I am a MA student at QMUL and really interested in exploring a career in XXXXXXX, I wondered if there would be an opportunity for me to work-shadow one of your colleagues for a few days’, rather than ‘I am a Masters graduate from QM, do you have any jobs’.
If you have limited work experience, don’t spend time worrying if any new work experience opportunity is definitely ‘relevant’… if it interests you, just try it… most of us learn best through experiences and it is very difficult to choose a career if you have not had experience of working in different contexts. If you are thinking of a PhD, take any opportunity to talk to academics specialising in areas of interest, use departmental contacts to speak to current PhD students and check application deadlines.