Ever considered postgraduate study? It could help fast-track your career…
Whether you want to upskill in your current role, progress your career or change direction entirely, a postgrad qualification could be just what you need. And there’s never been a better time to find out, because on Wednesday 6th March 2019, Leeds Beckett will throw open their doors and welcome potential students to their Postgraduate Open Day – register now.
Why do a postgraduate course?
According to 2017’s Graduate Labour Market Statistics Report, postgraduates earn an average of £6,000 a year more than undergraduates, but it’s not just about the money – a postgraduate qualification can fast-track your career or even help you change jobs.
And Chris Brady, UK Marketing Manager at Leeds Beckett, is the proof. “I actually did a postgraduate course here at Leeds Beckett,” he told us. “I worked in sports journalism, so I was already a good writer and I understood audiences, but marketing is very different. My diploma allowed me to facilitate a career change, but it also enabled me to progress in that career – I’ve had three promotions in the space of 18 months.”
Brady’s diploma sent his career in a whole new direction, but for you it could be the key to a promotion or a well-deserved pay rise – it really depends on what you want to get out of it.
Explore your options
Would an MSc in criminology put you on the road to a promotion? Could an MA in human resource management seal the deal on your pay rise? With over 190 courses to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Leeds Beckett, so you won’t have any trouble finding one that will get you where you want to be.
And you can meet the academics behind your course at the Postgraduate Open Day. This is your chance to have a candid chat with your potential tutor, so if you want to pick their brain and quash those niggling doubts, now’s the time. You can ask about anything from how much time you’ll have to commit to what you’ll actually learn – and because it’s a one-to-one chat, you can find out if the course is right for you personally.
You can also talk to people who’ve already done it. Look out for past and present students mingling at stands for a chance to get a different perspective on your course and see how it’s impacted the lives of graduates. Or, why not join your department on a tour of the campus? Not everyone will be doing this, but if you’re applying for a hands-on subject, like microbiology or art and design, this will be your chance to see their state-of-the-art facilities.
Alongside the academics and the graduates, they’ve drafted in a small army of specialist advisors to answer your questions. From research opportunities to accommodation and even their library service (which has 315,000 print and multimedia items, alongside 150,000 ebooks, journals, databases and newspapers), they’ve left no stone unturned.
For those of you who are coming through a more unconventional route, the admissions team will be on-hand to help. You’ve got to have a solid grounding in your postgrad subject, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need a relevant degree. They’ll take experience into consideration, so if you learned your trade on the job or want to side-step into a different industry, you may still be considered.
And the last thing anyone wants to talk about – the money. It’s not as scary as you’d think. The course itself will set you back about £6,000, but prices vary depending on which one you choose. You can do it full time over 12 months or part-time over 24, which means you can continue to work and support yourself while you study, although you might have to forgo the odd night out in favour of an all-nighter. And while some people pay for their course outright, you don’t have to. Leeds Beckett offers a range of payment plans or you can take advantage of the Postgraduate Masters’ Loan, which is like a traditional student loan, except that it offers up to £10,609 towards your postgrad course and living costs.
Put it in the diary
Whether you’re ready to apply or just starting to consider your options, the Postgraduate Open Day is the perfect way to explore your options and decide if you’re ready to take on a new challenge.
The next event takes place on Wednesday 6th March 2019 and you can go on your lunch or after work with two time slots to choose from – 12pm to 2pm or 4pm to 7pm. The open day will run across both campuses, but you need to visit the one that runs your course, so make sure you check ahead if it’s in Headingley or the city centre.
At the start of each session, they’ll have a series of talks to introduce you to postgraduate study and take you through your finance options, but you’re welcome to head straight to your course stand to quiz the academics if you’d prefer. And if you want a tour of the campus, they’ll be running them throughout the day. Don’t worry, all this will be outlined in your Open Day Booklet, so you won’t miss a thing.
The Postgraduate Open Day it totally free, so what have you got to lose? Register now and find out how further study can help you fast-track your career.