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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.

We recognise that securing a career on graduation is very important to you. To help you achieve your initial objectives, we would like to encourage you to take advantage of the resources available thorough the Politics & International Relations Division (PAIR) and the University.

Our role is to point you in the right direction, so you get the skills you need to make the successful transition into work. We therefore provide:

Previous students have gone on to jobs in the private sector, think-tanks, local authorities, the armed forces, the NHS, the UK Youth Parliament, publishing and teaching, as well as moving into academia.

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My experience here will improve my performance and capacity in my job as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia
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