What do most master’s graduates go on to do?
Master’s graduates are statistically far less likely to be unemployed than first-degree graduates, and go on to a vastly diverse range of occupations and careers. As a very general overview, the most popular jobs for master’s graduates fall into four groups:
Professionals, the most common roles being:
- Social work
- Town planning
- General research
- Environment and conservation officers
- Production managers (often found in engineering or manufacturing),
- Health service managers
- Marketing managers
- Personnel managers
Education and teaching, including:
- Secondary teaching (the most common single job taken by new master’s graduates)
- Further Education personnel
- Higher Education personnel
Business and finance, the most popular roles including:
- Management consultancy
- Financial analysis
- Business analysis
Part-time / full-time differences
Career and employment destinations for master’s graduates do differ for those who studied part-time or full-time, suggesting that master’s graduates can be split into two camps, one generally younger and less experienced, who undertook full-time study, and one generally slightly older and thus more experienced who studied part-time – usually in terms of career and professional development .
Full-time master’s graduates make up the majority of social workers, conservation and heritage officers and researchers.
Part-time master’s graduates make up the majority of entrants into most forms of management, including health service, marketing and personnel management. Part-time master’s graduates are also much more likely to go into teaching or health than their full-time counterparts.
What do employers want from master’s graduates?
As well as advanced subject-specific knowledge and expertise, there are a number of transferable skills that make master’s graduates desirable to employers, including:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Research skills
- Analytical skills, critical thinking and report writing
- Enhanced presentation skills
- Proven experience of project management and problem solving
- Time management and the ability to work independently
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