Postgraduate study vs the world of work

Woohoo! You’ve reached the end of your course, you’re clutching your degree certificate like your life depends on it and you’re ready to sink a few beers and celebrate your success. But then, a little voice in your head pipes up, “What are you going to do next?”

That little voice doesn’t go away, it continues to nag and nag, determined to be heard. So you start to wonder – should you go and get a job? After all, you’ve been in education for years and it’s time for a break. Or should you sign up for another year or more of postgraduate study in the hopes it will make you even more employable?

It can be a real dilemma with no right or wrong answer and ultimately it boils down to what feels right for you and what type of degree you’ve already achieved. Finding a job means you’ll be earning, you’ll have your foot on the first rung of the career ladder and you can finally start paying off some of your university debt.

But equally, postgraduate study can increase the chances of you getting a well-paid job as well as deepen your knowledge of your subject. For some careers such as a solicitor or a teacher, postgraduate study is a must. And if you’re passionate about what you study, then it can give you the perfect chance to explore it further.

We’ve teamed up with the experts over at SOAS University of London to create a quiz to help you make up your mind. SOAS offers a wide range of postgraduate courses and is one of the leading universities in the UK.

But what makes SOAS special is its values – the School teaches from a global perspective – meaning its graduates have the competitive edge in an increasingly interconnected world.

Take the quiz now to decide if postgraduate study is the way forward or if the world of work beckons instead.

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