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There are many reasons why people consider postgraduate study. Perhaps you are looking to move into a specific career, progress in your current job, or change your existing career path? Maybe you have a passion for a particular subject and want to grow your knowledge? Whatever your reason, there are many rewards to be gained.  

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to take you to the next stage of your professional journey.

Improved Graduate Career Prospects

With the graduate job market at its most competitive, it is now more important than ever to stand out. The skills you gain whilst studying a postgraduate degree will look great on your CV, can lead you into a specific career, enhance your employability and even boost your future earnings. Having studied your subject in more depth, you will have a higher level of knowledge which will really impress future employers. You could even gain valuable experience whilst you study, which would help you develop the necessary skills for your chosen field of work.

Career Progression

If you are currently in employment but looking to move up the ladder, or change career entirely, a postgraduate degree can help. Allowing you to strengthen and update your existing knowledge, this qualification can go a long way to showing your current or future employer that you are really serious about career progression whilst also giving you more confidence in your current role.

Personal Development

The skills you learn during postgraduate study can also help you develop as an individual by growing your knowledge of your chosen subject and gaining transferable skills, such as time management, presenting and writing. By working with experts in the field you will be academically stimulated and become an expert in your own right.

Meet our Career Consultants

Our Career Consultants provide expert, impartial and confidential guidance tailored to your individual needs for up to two years after you graduate. We work closely with academic departments to provide tailored training sessions that connect your degree to your future plans.

Free Training Sessions and Workshops

Take advantage of our training and development sessions that focus on the key skills that graduate employers want. You can select sessions to attend in order to build up a strong, tailored portfolio of skills and knowledge. These include CVs, interviews, assessment centres, professional communication, managing change, leadership and project management among many others.

Work Experience

In partnership with Santander Universities we run The Chester Internship Programme (CIP) which enables you to undertake a flexible 350 hour paid internship within a small or medium sized employer (SME) throughout the year.  We also advertise other work experience opportunities and work with you to help you gain the skills and experience needed for today’s job market.

The Venture Programme

The Venture Programme helps students and graduates to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to start up a business, to enter self-employment or to build a freelance career. Venture will challenge your thinking, expose you to the business world and give you the opportunity to make something happen for yourself.

Links with National Employers

Our Employer Engagement team have established links with local and national employers, as well as professional bodies, that allow you to network with employers at campus events and in the workplace. Customised career seminars and workshops related to your course enable you to gain an insight into specific professions and to gain a greater understanding of what employers are looking for.

Part-Time Work Opportunities

We can help you to find a part-time job that fits around your studies, helping you to gain transferable skills and earn extra money. Our UniJob service enables you to apply for jobs on campus, or you can use CareerHub to find part-time work in the local area.

Graduate Job Vacancies

We advertise a range of vacancies with local and national employers through our central online CareerHub access point. When you are ready to apply, we will help you through every stage of the selection process.

The Chester Difference Award

Set yourself apart from competitors with The Chester Difference Award (CDA). The CDA acknowledges all the incredible extracurricular activities you have undertaken during your time at University and rewards you for it. Employers value candidates who have gone the extra mile.

For more information about our careers services, please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/careers