Masters programme, year of graduation and current role
I studied an English Literature MA from 2012-2014 part-time as I worked as a university Library Assistant whilst studying. I am currently a Marketing and Communications Assistant at King Edward's School.
How has your Masters prepared you and given you transferable skills for your current role?
My Masters helped me to further develop the skills I gained at undergraduate level, particularly written communication, independent working/research and presentation skills. I have utilised all of these skills in the roles I have worked in since graduating, particularly written communication. My Masters helped me to tighten up my writing style and develop my own voice which helps in my current role.
The Masters also helped me to develop my confidence - both in my own abilities and in my verbal communication skills - which helps me to communicate effectively with others and work to the best of my ability. My degree also prepared me for the world of work in other ways such as learning how to prioritise my own workload and effectively managing my time and multiple deadlines.
What support have you had to help you make the move from your Masters to your job? For example from mentors, academics or the Careers Network?
My dissertation supervisor at the University was very supportive and helped me to develop my skills. I also made use of Careers Network when I was at University: I attended several careers events and fairs, and spoke to a careers adviser to explore my options. The events, staff and resources were all very insightful and helped to shape my career path.
Please add any tips or advice for postgraduates looking to enter the job market
Try to get as much work experience as possible: You develop so many essential skills which employers are looking for. I got my first graduate job as a result of the volunteering I had done for various organisations and the experience I gained from my part-time job.
Also make the most of the Careers Network and its resources whilst you are at university – they can open you up to new ideas and career paths you may not have previously considered.
King Edward’s School in Edgbaston has over 800 students and is regularly ranked as the seventh best secondary school in England in league tables.