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Top tip: See our Careers Service information for new and returning students to get up to date, and explore our careers portal MyFuture.
What do I need to think about as a new postgraduate taught (master) student?
Introducing our new guide for postgraduate taught (master students)
We have created a new guide for you, which can be accessed through our MyFuture careers portal. We have advice and resources for postgraduate taught students with limited experience and also for experienced hire students, those of you with more than 2+ years’ experience. Make sure to check out the guide now.
Apply now for the big companies
Do you know that if you are interested in applying for big national or international companies, specifically in business & finance, and also big STEM companies, then you need to start researching and exploring job roles as soon as possible. Many of these companies recruit a year in advance through graduate schemes, and you will find them advertised through MyFuture or other job sites. You can find a recruitment timeline video in the get started guide or you can find more general information about graduate job search in our Get started: Search for work guide. If you find it a bit too overwhelming to start job search straight away, be aware that you often can apply to graduate scheme as a new graduate as well!
Gain some work experience whilst you are a student
Even as a postgraduate taught student you will find many ways of finding work experience whilst a student at Bath. There may be applied projects and learning through your course, however you may find a part-time job or volunteering through Students’ Union, or get involved in campus employability initiatives such as Vertically Integrated Projects or IKEEP. You can find more ideas in our work experience ideas resource. However, postgraduate study can be demanding, so make sure you don’t take on too many activities and have time for your academic study and wellbeing as well.
Employers also like to see that you have been involved in extra – curricular activities whilst a student. There may be societies that you want to join or explore the Students’ Union PGT Hub. You can find more ideas in the work experience resource listed above.
Get to know campus, your new course and the new city
First of all, enjoy your first few weeks at Bath. Get to know campus, meet your course mates and explore what the city of Bath has to offer. Enjoy the countryside behind campus, visit the Roman Baths and make sure you understand your timetable. If you have travelled far and you are in a new country and also speaking a different language than your own, it may take a little time before you are settled, and this is completely fine.
Think of your wellbeing
If you are finding it difficult, make sure to reach out for support, whether that is family, new or old friends or contact some of the support services on campus, such as the International Student Support Service or Wellbeing. Remember, we are here to help you!