It can be incredibly difficult to decide what you want to do after graduation – do you want start a graduate scheme, continue studying or perhaps take a year out from it all?
Well, whatever you decide to do you’ll want to get everything in place as early as possible so that you can feel confident that when you graduate you’re going to have a purpose to take forward into your future – scary I know!
I’ve made the decision to continue my studies on to Masters level (and perhaps PhD – but that’s for another time) so at the minute I’m juggling university assignments, dissertation work and masters applications. As you might know, a lot of Universities allow applications to come in on a rolling basis, without a specific deadline – so you may think, well why are you worrying about it now?
I can tell you from only a short experience with making applications that you need to do it in advance, not only because you want to get your place secured, but also the applications themselves can take quite a long time to compile. There is no centralised system like UCAS for this process, you make an application straight to your University of choice, therefore its up to you to make sure you have met all of the requirements. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to take your time over this!
Also, you’ll generally need to supply some evidence of your progress so far at University – I recently had to provide end of year transcripts for my first two years to give evidence for the degree class that I am working towards. It took several weeks to receive those, so this is another reason why you need to make these plans in advance.
Requirements differ from University to University, but be aware that you may have to provide an example of your own written work, a number of academic references, a CV or job history document, etc. Again, these things can time to choose, request or create!
Last bit of advice – if you’re at Leicester now and are thinking about a masters, definitely think seriously about staying on! There’s currently a 10% discount off fees for alumni and who doesn’t love a discount!?
Find out more on the University website’s postgraduate section.