The leap between the undergrad and postgrad can sometimes come as a surprise, especially if you’ve been out of education for a while. Postgraduate study involves applying skills and knowledge in a more sophisticated and advanced way than was required during your degree. Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study demystifies some of the expectations of post-grad study and outlines tools and strategies for developing skills that will improve your work throughout the whole of your post-graduate course. This book advises you on how to: • decide what to read, and how best to read it • produce engaging outputs in writing or speaking that are convincing and engaging • pursue academic arguments and show evidence of research/reading • maximize your employability after graduation. Get ahead of the game and equip yourself with the skills needed to supercharge your postgraduate work! SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
Chapter 8: Next Steps
This chapter looks at the ‘what next?’ aspect of your postgraduate studies. Once you have tackled the initial hurdles and are well underway with your course, you will need to start to consider where those studies might lead you. If you are planning a future in academia, it is good to start thinking about how you might establish yourself in the field. This might include the development of your social profile and your first publications. It may be that you have completed a Master’s and are now interested in pursuing a doctorate or that you just want to know how your Master’s will help in your employment. A number of aspects are explored in this chapter. But first it is ...