Postgraduate

As a postgraduate student, you have access to dedicated careers guidance with specialist support from our experienced team of Careers Consultants. 

We understand that your studies are your priority. But don't forget we're here to support you with whatever you need, whenever you need it. 

Take a look at our postgraduate timeline to understand how you can make the most of our service.

Before term begins

Plan ahead

You may not have started your course yet, but the larger graduate recruiters are already on the lookout for their next intake of employees onto their graduate schemes and training programmes. International and UK-based applications open now – and some close as early as October. If you need advice, get in touch with our Careers Consultants. 

International students

It may feel daunting heading to the UK for study – particularly if you haven’t been here before. Do what you can to make it easier, such as studying the culture before you get here.

As soon as you arrive, find out about our induction programme aimed at helping you find your way around the University.

September to December

Develop your experience

Now is the time to fine-tune your experience and build on your CV. Here are some things you can do to develop additional skills and stand out from the crowd. 

  • Find a part-time job or volunteering opportunity related to your chosen degree. 
  • Join extracurricular clubs and societies that interest you; meet like-minded people, build self-confidence and develop additional skills.
  • Find out about our mentoring programmes. 
  • Check out our events on Aston Futures to see all of the exciting fairs and workshops on offer.

Choosing your career path

There are so many ways to get ahead and prepare for the end of your degree. Discover your career options and research the different jobs aimed at MSc students. 

Companies are recruiting now, so start considering your application and visit your Careers Consultant for help. 

Or staying on to study

If you're considering a PhD, now is the time to research the requirements. 

International students – be prepared

The Hub is where you can find out everything you need to know about working in the UK or another country, including visa requirements.

Consider an internship

It's a good time to consider an internship, as larger employers will start recruiting now.

January to March

Update your CV

Take 30 minutes to make sure it’s all up to date. Don’t forget, you can find plenty of help with CVs and applications on our website or by booking an appointment with the Careers Team.

Get ready for interviews

If you’re headed straight into the job market after your degree, you’ll want to be prepared. Get interview-ready with our practice assessment centre, psychometric testing and videos. When you’re confident, book your mock interview with a Careers Consultant – practice makes perfect!

Build your skill set

Apply now for internships or find out about volunteer projects that are specific to your MSc. Every experience helps build your skill set and prepare you for your future career. 

April to June

Direct entry jobs

If you want to get straight to work after university, you'll find plenty of great opportunities on Aston Futures. Discover the different places your degree can take you.

Internships and other options

It’s not too late to consider an internship. While bigger employers may recruit earlier, smaller companies and SMEs have a rich variety of experience to offer. Talk to a Careers Consultant about your options.

Fill your CV with experience

There's still time to add valuable experience to your CV, helping you stand out from other graduates. 

Get a part-time job, look for short-term graduate opportunities or find business projects you can be part of. Come and talk to us – we’ll help you secure a good fit.

After graduating

Access to Graduate Support

As an Aston University Graduate, you have access to Careers and Placements services for three years after you leave. That includes Aston Futures, our team of Careers Consultants and a host of events. We’re here if you need us.

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