Most MSc students tend to begin their working life like first degree graduates, as many employers generally do not make any initial distinctions between a master’s and a first degree. However, there is some variance, depending on the expertise you can offer and typically, the MSc can lead to faster promotion after an initial period of training.
Do you have significant experience?
If you have significant employment experience, you might wish to focus your job hunting towards hired positions rather than graduate entry level roles and graduate training schemes. If you wish to discuss your plan in person, please click here to make an appointment.
Do you have limited relevant work experience?
You may find that employers would consider you initially as graduates. Once your training is complete, you may find that your qualification may lead to faster promotion or increased remuneration. Larger organisations tend to use the same graduate training scheme for all new entrants. There are also many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that recruit throughout the year.
You will find information about where to find entry-level jobs advertised on the Final Year blog pages.
No work experience yet?
Job hunting can be challenging without any work experience. There are opportunities for work experience on campus via the JobShop (run by Kent Union. Their office is next to Essentials and Blackwell’s, and you can simply walk in). Resources for finding work experience are given under the Work Experience heading on this blog site. It can also help to volunteer for a few hours over a number of weeks as a starting point, so that you can then build on the skills you have acquired.
Unsure about what to do next – need a plan?
If you’re unsure about your next steps, consider speaking with a careers professional whilst you’re studying at Kent. Click here to make an appointment, either at KBS or with an adviser at the University’s Careers and Employability Service. As a starting point, you might find the information What can I do with my master’s helpful as a starting point; and on Graduate Prospects, Your Master’s – what next? and What do masters graduates do?
Do you need a work permit sponsor?
If you’re an international student from outside the EU and European Economic Area, then your job hunting strategy needs to be combined with the UK government’s list of current sponsors. Making job applications can be very time consuming, therefore check first, if the organisation you wish to apply for will be allowed to make a Tier 2 (General) sponsorship. You find details in the International Students section. At the time of writing (April 2017), there were over 29,600 sponsors registered.
As most job boards and graduate recruiters aim to attract graduates and postgraduates, you will find all the information listed there. Just click here for the Final Year tab. These include specific job boards for finance, management consulting, marketing, HR and other fields of interest.
CVs and Covering letters
A handout with step-by-step information for CV and covering letter is available under the CV and Covering Letter tab for some help to start from scratch or double-check against some examples of CVs for applications for business related roles. There are also two checklists that you might wish to use, if you have a CV already or a covering letter and you believe these only need updating. Go through the checklists and simply address any of your NO answers.Click here to go to the CV and Covering Letter section.