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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    I graduated this year with a Distinction in my English Lit MA, following on from a First in English and Creative Writing. I worked throughout the taught year of my MA as a receptionist and hostess and a busy, higher-end restaurant, took a year out to finish up my dissertation, immediately took up bar work on submission of dissertation due to the urgent need for cash, and a month later got taken on as a full-time library assistant at my city's central library as agency staff, and then successfully got an interview and was taken on as full staff under the council employee umbrella.

    I'm finishing up a TEFL course because I figured it would help me to travel and I'd like to visit Japan, but have realised that TEFL definitely isn't for me. (I'm also studying Japanese through an evening class at my local uni, and did very well in the first semester, I'm hoping to carry on if the next stage is running in September). I enjoy my work at the library, but the areas that I'm dissatisfied with have made me realise that I really want a job that 'challenges' me intellectually and provides me with opportunities to problem solve and investigate/track things down.

    Writing has always been one of my first loves, but coming from a family of artists, the uncertainty of self-employment just isn't for me, at least not in the near future. I realise that nothing is stable or certain right now, but that level of instability just isn't something I want.

    A PhD in Literature and then moving into academia is another strong contender (though also difficult, and competitive, and a big money investment). It's been in the back of my mind for a while and my MA adviser is pushing me to keep things ticking over even if I'm making no hard decisions yet - she's advising me to change my diss into a workable article and look into publication, as well as presenting at a conference in my study area.

    Another thing I'm considering is law - doing a GDL etc - as I can be pretty sure that it would challenge me, and should provide plenty of problem solving and investigative opportunities. On the other hand, it would be a big change, and huge commitment, and potentially very expensive (though I would be initially looking into training contracts that cover GDL and LPC fees). If I do go this route it won't be until after further though, investigation, and hopefully managing at least one instance of work experience or a vacation scheme (though as I work full time it poses a bit of a logistics issue).

    I guess I really just need to bounce some ideas and maybe get some advice into other areas that might work and hopefully wouldn't involve massive retraining costs, so any thoughts would be much appreciated. I'm simultaneously driven and ambitious, but it's all too easy for me to slip into coasting along the path of least resistance, especially now that I have a reasonably stable job that I mostly enjoy and I like the people I work with and the environment I work in, even if it doesn't really fulfil me.

    (Original post by Elsca20)
    Look out for university librarian jobs?
    Start writing and see if you can place your work - newspapers, articles for in-house magazines etc?
    Marketing and fund-raising jobs all have roles for writers and researchers? - start looking at the Development Office in your own uni - but any uni is a good training ground.
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