Ever Considered a Postgraduate Conversion Course?
Students often think about popular career areas offering good opportunities and wonder how can they break into them when they don’t have a relevant degree. One way of doing this is a via a postgraduate conversion course and Prospects has an excellent section on these on their website.
These courses are designed specifically for entry into certain career areas and therefore differ from other perhaps more general Masters and other postgraduate courses.
Key areas for this kind of course include IT, medicine, law and psychology but there are courses in all kinds of fields. Popular courses also include cyber security and journalism.
Sometimes students look at this from the other way round, so ‘what might be available to me if I were prepared to do further study?’
You have a lot to offer already with your undergraduate degree in terms of skills and knowledge so before embarking on this route, think about the following:
- Is this a field you really want to get into and what does the course qualify you for? Could there be more training following this, possibly ‘on the job’? Are you prepared for this?
- How long will it take? Some courses are designed to be ‘fast track’ so will get you where you want to be quickly but check how long overall it will take.
- Doing the course on a part-time basis whilst working might be another option, but that will take longer.
- Many offer work experience opportunities or at least a chance to network with other employers in another way. This will help when seeking work in the longer term.
- What is the cost? https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/funding-postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loans
- An employer may offer support for this in terms of time and money but there may be term and conditions around the financial help and any time off.
- Where is it on offer?
Do some research into whether you can get this kind of training via another route such as a graduate training programme.
Weighing up if this is the right move for you involves serious thinking and detailed research. You can always contact the staff at the university Careers and Employability Team for more help at any stage of deciding or if you need help with applying.
But studying on this type of course can offer a way of creating more opportunities for yourself.