Postgraduate graduates - what did you do next?

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Sakura-Chan
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As the title suggests, I'm just curious what different paths people went down after graduating from postgraduate (specifically masters) degrees.

I don't really know what to do with myself. At the end of the year, I'll be graduating from a Master of Research (MRes) degree in psychology, hopefully with a good degree classification, and hopefully a publication or two if I'm really lucky. In my undergraduate psychology degree, I graduated with first class honours. As the masters course is heavily research based, I have a lot of research experience, and was hoping to pursue a PhD. However, deadlines are looming and I feel like it's something I'm neither prepared or ready for, really.

So yeah, enough rambling. Tell me what you guys have been getting up to?
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MA Population Studies & Demography (Distinction) - project assistant on an HR project at American Express, followed by project manager for revamping undergraduate admissions processes at an ex-Polytechnic.
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I did an MA in Music and finished that in September 2012. After a few months of job hunting, I got myself a paid music internship, which was amazing - I enjoyed it so much and was so sad to have to leave after my six months were up :sad:

Since July 2013 I've been gently jobhunting whilst preparing my PhD applications which start to go in next week. I did some last year and got 3 places but no funding. This time round I'm hoping I might get lucky!

(NB. I'm probably not the best person to ask, since I'm not representative of postgrad gradutes or even graduates. I have two long-term disabilities which make it difficult for me to apply for anything full-time/long-term and in certain industries. So jobhunting is a nightmare basically.)
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MA in an archaeological specialism. Couldn't get a job in the field, so am self-funding a PhD to continue in archaeology for a while.
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Got an MSc in medical and molecular microbiology. Afterwards worked at Boots for 2 months. Then in industry at Oxoid (ThermoFisher) for 6 months testing immunoassays. This was followed by 2 years as a Research Technician at University of Birmingham where I investigated resistance of Salmonella to disinfectants and antibiotics. For the last 2 years I've been working as a Microbiology Technician at Lancaster University on a number of different projects, but all with the theme of using bacteria to improve crop yield. My contract is up in a month...not sure what next.
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(Original post by Sakura-Chan)
As the title suggests, I'm just curious what different paths people went down after graduating from postgraduate (specifically masters) degrees.

I don't really know what to do with myself. At the end of the year, I'll be graduating from a Master of Research (MRes) degree in psychology, hopefully with a good degree classification, and hopefully a publication or two if I'm really lucky. In my undergraduate psychology degree, I graduated with first class honours. As the masters course is heavily research based, I have a lot of research experience, and was hoping to pursue a PhD. However, deadlines are looming and I feel like it's something I'm neither prepared or ready for, really.

So yeah, enough rambling. Tell me what you guys have been getting up to?
Graduated in a MRes Biodiversity and conservation in September, just working and applying for NERC funded PhDs at the moment. If that doesn't work out I guess I'll just cry and get back in touch with my undergraduate uni and beg.
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(Original post by Sakura-Chan)
As the title suggests, I'm just curious what different paths people went down after graduating from postgraduate (specifically masters) degrees.

I don't really know what to do with myself. At the end of the year, I'll be graduating from a Master of Research (MRes) degree in psychology, hopefully with a good degree classification, and hopefully a publication or two if I'm really lucky. In my undergraduate psychology degree, I graduated with first class honours. As the masters course is heavily research based, I have a lot of research experience, and was hoping to pursue a PhD. However, deadlines are looming and I feel like it's something I'm neither prepared or ready for, really.

So yeah, enough rambling. Tell me what you guys have been getting up to?
Finished a bachelor of arts in psychology a while ago. I ended up working for a bit for the government, then for a not-for-profit. Went back to school to complete a masters degree in counselling psychology. Have worked in academic research for the past 3 years (love it), and am going to be doing a second masters in the UK soon (in psychological research). Will probably do a PhD at some point in the future -I'm leaning toward clinical psychology or something in experimental psychology. The plan is to continue working in research and have a small practice as a private psychologist on the side. I after I complete my second masters, I'll begin the process of registering as a psychologist in my province (I'm from Canada -just need a masters in my province to register and practice).
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