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Job Searching for Postgrads

Job Searching for Postgrads

You have decided you want to do a postgraduate degree, but you are wondering about how it may affect your career choices. Alternatively, perhaps you have graduated, and you are wondering exactly how useful that degree you have will actually be. Whilst a postgraduate degree can be great for landing you jobs, it is not a guarantee. In order to succeed in the world of postgraduate jobs, you need to be dedicated.

How to Look

Online job searching tools have become an essential part of generating job leads, reaching out to recruiters, and making professional contacts.  In fact, online tools are also important for people who already have jobs.  One of the advantages of the digital age is that there are many online tools to help you keep track of new job openings and professional contacts. 

Conducting an academic job search is going to take an intensive amount of time and effort.  You will need to budget your time toward searching for jobs, applying, and follow-ups.  Do not be afraid to ask for help from peers and recruiters. Take advantage of your school’s community; talk to alumni groups who have gone through the same process you are, building up relationships with your professors.

Where to Go

When we think of social networking and job searching in the same context, LinkedIn immediately comes to mind.  While LinkedIn is the number one professional networking site, several others can be very useful for job seekers.  Numerous websites are devoted to job searching, and they are a great place to begin. When using them, be sure to try various combinations of keywords and search criteria to get a wide range of job options.

Postgraduate networking is not just about making contacts within academia, however. Think about the sort of industry you might go into following the completion of your studies. Try to widen your circle of contacts as much as possible. Many professional organizations have websites or subscription email lists that post job openings; these will be especially helpful tools as they are discipline-specific to your career interests. You will also want to attend career fairs and talk to the recruiters, build relationships. This may be obvious for some students, but it is less so for others. Not all postgraduate courses point to an obvious career path, after all. Once you have identified a likely sector of industry check out any trade fairs that are associated with your field of interest.

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References and Citations: Part 3—More Referencing Styles

References and Citations: Part 3—More Referencing Styles

As we previously discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, there are several styles of referencing.  As a recap: all reference styles tend to include similar elements: the title, author, and date, but they have different formatting conventions (i.e., the order of the elements, capitalization, etc.).  Often times, dissertation committees will ask you to use the reference style most commonly used in that discipline; however, your university may prefer the use of a different referencing system, so check with your professor or syllabus.

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References and Citations: Part 2—Referencing Styles

References and Citations: Part 2—Referencing Styles

There are several styles of referencing.  Different referencing and citation styles have developed to address the specific needs of disciplines.  All reference styles tend to include similar elements, such as the title, author, and date, but they have different formatting conventions (i.e., the order of the elements, capitalization, etc.) to those familiar with that specific style.

Publishers developed rules of style for specific manuscript structure, punctuation, graphics, and references to move an idea forward to achieve clarity of communication of that field.  It may seem like academic entities can't agree, but authors write for different purposes and different audiences, so the citation styles reflect that.  We continue to use different citation styles for two reasons: disciplinary differences and tradition. 

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Everything You Need to Know About References and Citations: Part 1

Everything You Need to Know About References and Citations: Part 1

When you conduct your research, it is important to record the details of all the information you find to provide accurate references, and to assist you or the reviewers to locate the information again later.  Many styles are used for citation referencing.  When you are given thesis or dissertation guidelines, check which style of referencing your advisor or committee asks you to use.  If you don’t check, and you use a style that is not the one stated in your guidelines, you could lose points. 

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Returning To Graduate School after Hiatus

Returning To Graduate School after Hiatus

Are you contemplating furthering your education but think too late to return to school?  Many potential students see a long hiatus from school as an obstacle to furthering their education.  You always planned to complete that master’s or doctoral degree, but life happens—career, family, obligations.  Things have changed and you’re ready to take that next step.  You want that graduate degree, but is it possible to return to graduate school after a long hiatus?

The idea of attending college as an adult after a hiatus can make anyone anxious.  Seasoned students who took time off from school often have unique academic concerns; however, making this decision doesn’t have to keep you up at night.  When you make the choice to return to graduate school, you are not alone. 

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