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Careers & employability

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge. Where you choose to study is of key significance for your future career options.

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Postgraduate careers

Whether you want to pursue an academic career or follow a path in business or other sectors, undertaking postgraduate education that develops your personal and professional skills will give you the edge.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, for their Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, showed that six months after graduating, average postgraduate salaries were £5,500 to £7,500 higher than for those with a first degree alone. Postgraduate study at the University of Southampton will enable you to push the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field and make a real contribution to your subject. 

Whatever your situation, the Career and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support for postgraduate students. Visit the Careers and Employability Service website for more details.

Employability

Postgraduate students in gerontology benefit from training and events designed to help them locate and secure employment. Employability events are held frequently throughout the year, and students can attend events organised centrally by the Careers and Employability Service and those specifically designed for gerontology students.

These have included training sessions on how to present enhanced skills gained through postgraduate study, interactive sessions on CV design and mock interviews. We also held an event at which representatives of the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate recruitment scheme spoke about their experiences of the recruitment process and their exciting work with the UK government.

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“When I first visited the Centre for Research on Ageing, I was impressed by the scope of the academic work being undertaken and by the friendly yet professional attitude of the staff.”

Mark Radford - MSc Gerontology

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