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Career development

When you're considering postgraduate study, you may be wondering how much of an edge a Master's degree will give you. Employers want people with specialist knowledge and while an undergraduate degree is a great starting point, a postgraduate qualification will make you stand out when you go for those specialised roles.

Many employers also realise that an employee with a postgraduate degree has a lot they can teach their colleagues, as well as new ideas for their organisation. These may be some of the reasons Master’s students across the working age population earn an additional £7,500 per year compared to graduates, taking home average annual earnings of £39,000 per year, according to 2015 UK Graduate Labour Market Statistics.

We believe that, as well as enhancing your academic qualifications, university should prepare you for the world of work no matter what level you're studying at. As a result, we will encourage you to take as many development opportunities as possible whilst studying at BU to enhance your specific skills and knowledge. This focus on employability is one of the reasons why our graduates succeed when they leave us.

Global Talent Programme 

Our Global Talent Programme enables you to develop future-ready skills that will open up opportunities around the world. You’ll be encouraged to think and act locally, nationally and internationally, nurturing the mindset to benefit from global possibilities.

The programme is designed to:

  • Develop your understanding of global economic, environmental and societal themes – and the concept of global talent
  • Provide international experience through global communities and campus events
  • Build your future-proof global skillset through immersion in international practice.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way to do something a bit different and we encourage you to get involved in a cause you care about. It’s not only a rewarding experience, but will also improve your CV and give you great stories to share at your job interview. Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to establish a network of contacts, which could be beneficial when looking for a job after your studies.

Our Students’ Union (SUBU) works with over 200 organisations that all need help. You can choose the one you like and get involved to make a difference.

Postgraduate Development Award (PGDA)

We run a Postgraduate Development Award (PGDA) that you can complete while studying for a Master's. The training and workshops offered will provide you with valuable knowledge, skills and experience that are transferrable to a range of work-based settings.

If you fully engage with the PGDA framework during your time at BU, you will receive a certificate as a supplement to your degree certificate on graduation. As well as the benefits you’ll have gained from the activities under the award, you’ll have something tangible to show future employers relating to your achievements and development at BU. Thai student Prakaiwan Saengvirochanakul completed the PGDA during her time with us - find out about her experiences in her blog post.

Careers support

You can use the Careers & Employability Service up to three years after you graduate. Our team of experts can help you prepare your CV, give you tips on writing a covering letter and run practice interviews with you, as well as help you find suitable vacancies to apply for.

Hear from our graduates

Rob Mitchell

Rob Mitchell

"Without my degree I wouldn’t have been able to take that step to becoming Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth."

Emily Foster

Emily Foster

“When they’ve found out I’m from BU, every organisation I’ve walked into has been really impressed. And without my degree, I certainly wouldn’t be in this job.”

Simon Phelps

Simon Phelps

Simon set up his own business to develop and market his final-year design project. See how he's gone from strength to strength. 

Hear from our students

Postgraduate blog - Lauren PGDA experience

The Postgraduate Development Award

Lauren found the PGDA to be a great motivator for getting involved in extra-curricular activities. Read more about her PGDA experience.
Sports training on the beach

That extra something on your CV

There are various ways you can enhance your CV during your time at BU. James has some advice for fellow postgraduate students.
Gam with her PGDA certificate

My experience of the PGDA

Gam describes joining the PGDA as one of the best decisions she's ever made - find out what she loved about it.