• Careers

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    Welcome to the Careers and Employability section of My Modules. 

    Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have changed the way you can book appointments. Please see our designated page for details and any updates.

    This page also has useful resources, including top tips for job hunting during the lockdown, Careers Advice during the pandemic, Financial Support available, Interviews and online recruitment, and Looking after your mental wellbeing during the lockdown.



    Contact us:

    Please email us on: careers@stmarys.ac.uk

    Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have closed our office and are currently working remotely, but once the government measures are lifted you can pop-in and see us in Room J3 (next to the Dolche Vita Café). You can also reach us 0208 240 4055 when the office re-opens)

    We are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

    Connect with us:

    Facebook   Instagram   LinkedIn   Twitter   YouTube​

    What can the Careers Service offer you?

    ​One-to-one appointmentsImpartial guidance​
    ​Job vacancy websitePsychometric testing​
    ​Careers resourcesTelephone appointments​
    ​Practice interviewsSkype appointments​
    ​Interview simulatorSocial media presence​
    ​Career discussionsEvents​

    ​What can the Careers Service help you with?

    ​Cover lettersPersonal statement​
    ​Postgraduate fundingNetworking​
    ​LinkedInPGCE​
    ​Graduate schemesCareers​
    ​Diversity schemesWorking abroad​
    ​Job huntingVolunteering​
    ​MastersInterviews​
    ​InternshipsCVs​
    ​Part-time work
    Applications​

    The Careers Team

    Yasmina Mallam-Hassam​Head of Employability
    Gemma Garrett
    ​Careers Team Leader
    Obi Oputa​
    ​Careers Consultant
    Joanna Pattison
    ​Careers Consultant
    ​Vinny Potter​Careers Co​nsultant
    ​Femi Yusoof
    ​Employer Engagement Lead
    Matthew Dennis​Employability Services Coordinator
    Chris MessengerGraduate Outcomes Lead

  • Careers Advice and Support During the Coronavirus Lockdown (Including Booking Appointments)

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    St Mary’s has provided up-to-date advice for students on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on SIMMSpace at: http://simmspace.stmarys.ac.uk/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

    We have put together some useful resources for you:

    We are also offering a series of careers webinars on a range of topics that you may be wondering about at the moment. Please visit our 'Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks' page to see the full programme. 

    Accessing support from the Careers Service

    Appointments

    Following the guidance from the government regarding precautions in relation to the COVID-19 threat, the Careers Service is currently operating a remote service until further notice. As such we are offering all appointments by Skype or FaceTime (this includes mock interviews). In some cases it may also be possible to offer appointments by phone (please state if this is your preference).

    1. To book an appointment, including mock interviews, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability.
    1. Please include your Skype or FaceTime ID tin your email when you make your booking. FaceTime is pre-installed on Apple devices. If you do not have an Apple device or Skype account, here are instructions of where and how to set one up. If you do have a Skype account, but cannot remember your Skype ID, please follow these instructions.

    Please note: we will aim to deliver your careers appointment by Skype for Business, as this provides additional security. To do this, we will send you a bespoke link to follow to enter your appointment. Please click on this link 2-3 minutes before your appointment is due to start to set things upInstructions on how to use Skype for Business can be found here. However, if you experience any issues with this, we will contact you via standard Skype or FaceTime as a back-up.

    1. If you are booking an appointment to have your CV, cover letter, job application form or personal statement reviewed, please also send an electronic Word version of the document, along with the job description or course details, in advance to careers@stmarys.ac.uk.  
    1. If you are booking a mock interview, please send the job description and your application in advance to careers@stmarys.ac.uk, so we can tailor the interview for the role you have applied to. You can also use our Interview Stream software for practice video interviews (login with your St Mary’s email).

    Please note: we also offer a CV/cover letter/job application/personal statement reviewing service by email (contact careers@stmarys.ac.uk), if you do not have time for a Skype appointment. We may also be able to offer phone appointments in some cases, so please state in your email to careers@stmarys.ac.uk if this is your preference and provide your preferred phone number. 

    All of our resources and further information about the Careers Service are also available on SIMMSpace at: http://simmspace.stmarys.ac.uk/services-students/careers/Pages/careers-home.aspx.

    Jobs and other opportunities

    You can also access our Jobs Board at: https://careers.stmarys.ac.uk. If you have questions about our forthcoming St Mary’s internship scheme, please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk.

    Careers webinars

    We're offering a series of webinars on a range of topics, from postgraduate study and teacher training to finding graduate jobs or summer work experience, building your employability during the lockdown and using this time effectively to prepare for your future career. 

    Visit our 'Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks' page for more details. You can also download slides and recording from previous webinars and register for upcoming events. 


  • Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks

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    To help support you with all things careers and employability-related during the lockdown, the Careers Service are running a series of online careers talks on a range of topics that you may be wondering about at the moment. 

    We'd also love to hear from you! With the Coronavirus pandemic creating some uncertainty around the employment market right now, it’s only natural to have questions and concerns about developing your career, gaining experience and finding jobs. So please get in touch with us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk with your questions and concerns. We’ll use all of this to feed into a special careers Q+A session that we’ll bring to you in the coming weeks, as well as an online FAQ document.

    Please find details of online careers talks below. Slides and a recording of each session (where available) can be found towards the bottom of this page. 

    Online Careers Talks Schedule
    Date Title Speaker
    Weds 10th June,
    12-1pm
    Current Opportunities in the Market - REGISTER HERE Employer-led session. Speaker tbc.
    Weds 17th June,
    12-1pm
    Perform at your Best: Video Interviews and Assessment Centres - REGISTER HERE Obi Oputa, Careers Consultant, St Mary’s Careers
    Weds 24th June,
    12-1pm
    Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty - REGISTER HERE  Careers Consultant team

    Remember, you can also book a careers appointment to discuss any of these topics - or anything else careers or employability related - with a Careers Consultant in a confidential, one-to-one setting (or in a small group if you'd prefer). To book an appointment, please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. 

    Previous Webinars and Recordings:


    Applying for Graduate Jobs: Get the Employer’s Perspective
    Featuring Paul Roberts, Managing Director of Graduate FastTrack
    Tues 28th April, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES
     and a related 
    LinkedIn article


    Exploring Postgraduate Study: Tips and Guidance on Applying for a Masters
    Presented by Gemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers).
    Weds 6th May, 12-1pm.
    View SLIDES

    Graduate Job Hunting Strategies during the Pandemic
    Presented by Joanna Pattison and Gemma Garrett (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers).
    Weds 13th May, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES

    Finding Summer Work Experience during the Lockdown
    Presented by Joanna Pattison and Gemma Garrett (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers).
    Weds 14th May, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES

    Using LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job Hunt
    Presented by Vibushan Pathma (Social Media Content Manager, Wunderman Thompson) Obi Oputa and Gemma Garrett (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers)
    Weds 20th May, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES


    How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Teacher Training Applications
    Presented by Vincent Potter (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
    Thurs 21st May, 2-3pm
    View the SLIDES


    Building your Employability and Preparing for your Career during the Lockdown
    Presented by Joanna Pattison and Obi Oputa (Careers Consultant, St Mary’s Careers).
    Weds 27th May, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES


    Standing out from the Crowd: How to Write Effective Job Applications
    Presented by Hannah Reid (Senior HR Director at Gartner) and Obi Oputa (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers).
    Wednesday 3rd June, 12-1pm
    View the SLIDES

  • Thinking about which careers / jobs may suit you?

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    Are you are looking to find some ideas about job/career options?

    Have you thought about a few options and want to know which ones may suit you?

    First of all, one of the best things you could do is to book an appointment with one of the Careers Consultants. To book a 1-1 appointment with a careers consultant, simply click here​.

     

    If you want to get started on your own, then here are a few ways to approach it. 

    A single career for life is rare, so don’t feel that you will be tied to any decisions you make now. See your next step as a chance to develop the skills, experience and contacts that could lead to your next opportunity. 

    There are probably a number of different job roles that you would enjoy, so don’t put yourself under pressure to find that one perfect match. Keep an open mind, as you could discover potential jobs roles and employers that you’d not considered before. 

    There’s not one correct way to approach career decisions. How far ahead you want to look will depend on your personality. Some people need a defined plan and goal, others are content to take more exploratory steps and see where they lead. Knowing what’s out there 

    Find out as much as you can about different career sectors. What skills or qualifications do they look for? What is the working culture like? You can get some basic information about different industries and job roles from websites like 

    www.prospects.ac.uk 

    https://targetjobs.co.uk 

    They also provide links to more information, including vacancies. 

    Browse job sites such as CareerConnect for vacancies that sound interesting. Look at the details given, and the requirements. Is this kind of job something to explore further? Attending employer events is a great way to ask questions about what it is really like to work in a particular job or organisation. Prepare for them in advance, thinking about what you want to find out and also what you want to say to prospective employers about yourself. 

    LinkedIn is really useful for finding out what other graduates from your course have gone on to do. Make connections with alumni, ask questions, buy them a coffee and chat about their work. Or is there someone you already know who has an interesting sounding job? What is it about that job which appeals to you? Can you find out more? Twitter can be another valuable tool for building networks, asking questions and keeping up to date with developments in the industry. See our Networking and LinkedIn titles for further information. 

    Consider online career matching tools like Prospects Planner: www.prospects.ac.uk/planner. Even if you aren’t convinced by the results, they can be useful for generating ideas and helping you think about why they weren’t right for you. 

    Another way to explore careers is to hear from people working in them. Browse case study videos on websites like: www.careerplayer.com/graduate-jobs or https://icould.com. Think about the following questions while you watch. What sparks an interest? What makes you think ‘NO WAY’? Why do you have these responses? Use your research to help you narrow down your options


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  • Finding Jobs and Work Experience

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    There are lots of different ways to find a job or get work experience. Planning your job search and using a variety of methods will help increase your chances of success.

    Broadly speaking there are three main routes: applying for advertised vacancies, tapping into the ‘hidden’ job market, and getting creative to generate your own ways to get experience

    Read our guide to Internships and work experience for more information on the value of work experience.

    Once you’ve found a job you’re interested in, visit our section on ‘CVs, cover letters and applications’ for advice on making effective applications. You can also make a careers appointment to get support at any stage of the job hunting process, including applications and interviews.

    Also see our 'Careers Advice and Support during the Coronavirus Lockdown' page for advice and tips on job hunting and finding summer work experience during the pandemic, as well as  a list of live vacancies.

    **In addition, our St Mary's Internship Programme is now open!**

    1. Applying for advertised vacancies

    This involves searching and applying for live job vacancies and there are lots of places you can find advertised roles. These often have the benefit of a clear job description (listing the responsibilities of the role) and person specification (outlining the skills, experience and attributes in the ideal candidate).

    You should use this information to tailor your application to each different role (see ‘CVs, cover letters and applications’). You can also book a careers appointment for help or feedback on your application.

    Places you can look for advertised vacancies include:

    • Job boards and online vacancy websites that collate vacancies from many different employers into one place. They include:

    Tip: Bookmark job sites you like, sign up for email alerts, and check them regularly for updates.

    • Employer websites: If there may be specific organisations that you are interested in working for, check their websites regularly for suitable vacancies and keep up to with them through their social media.
    • LinkedIn and social media: Online networking platforms can be a good source of job opportunities, as well as a great way to expand your network, build your online profile, and follow industry developments. Follow companies of interest on Twitter and Facebook; register for job alerts on LinkedIn and update your LinkedIn profile to show you have the skills needed for roles you are interested in.
    • Recruitment agencies: These act a bit like a matchmaker between employers with job vacancies and candidates looking for roles. Visit Agency Central for a list of agencies by location and job sector and the REC website for more advice on choosing and using an agency.

    2. Tapping into the ‘hidden job market’

    “At least 60% of all jobs are found through networking rather than traditional job searching.” The ‘hidden job market, Balance Careers

    Not all vacancies are advertised, so it’s worth being open to other ways of finding jobs and letting people around you aware that you are job hunting. Here are some ideas for how:

    • Speculative applications: Lots of jobs never even get advertised (e.g. because of the cost of advertising or because some employers prefer referrals). So, if you know which sector you want to work in, do your research to find employers in that area. Make a list of organisations and send them your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in working for them and how your skills and experience would benefit that particular organisation. This usually works best with small/niche organisations rather than large companies. You could also try reaching out on social media.

    Tip: Always try to write to a named contact (do your research on the organisation’s website or LinkedIn) and follow-up with a phone call if you haven’t heard back after a couple of weeks.

    • Make the most of your contacts: Let your contacts know that you are looking for work and what type of job you want. They may be able to help you arrange relevant work experience and/or put you in touch with other useful people in your sector of interest. For example, if you have had a part-time retail job, investigate whether there are work-shadowing opportunities in their head office (e.g. in finance, legal, marketing, HR, etc).
    • Networking and events:  Attending events (e.g. talks, jobs fairs, and networking activities) is a great way to increase your contacts, gain insights that will help your job search, and build your commercial awareness. Ask people about their job, what is happening in their industry, where and how they recruit, and what they look for. Try and get contact details and follow-up afterwards with an email, following them on social media, or connecting on LinkedIn.

    Tip: Feel nervous networking? Doing some research about who will be at the event and preparing questions or conversation starters beforehand can help. Be curious – people like talking about themselves, so a couple of good questions can get the conversation flowing! Make a careers appointment to get ideas, practice, and boost your confidence. For more tips, see this guide to student networking.

    • The St Mary's 'Traineeships (internship) in Europe with ERASMUS+' scheme provides an opportunity for you to internationalise your CV with a structured work placement (from 2-12 months) in Europe over the summer or for up to 12 months after you graduate. To apply, fill out the Study and Work Abroad application by 1 March. Then you need to research and find a work placement and fill out some additional paperwork to receive a stipend of 470-540 Euros a month toward your living expenses. Visit the Study & Work Abroad module for more details.

    3. Get creative to generate your own ways to get experience

    If you have gaps in your skill set for the job you want, lack relevant experience, or just want to try out something different, then you could get creative to generate your own opportunities. Possibilities include:

    • Do a work placement module: Check whether your degree course offers the option to a work placement module (either as part of your programme or via the Centre for Workplace Learning). Ask your tutor or Programme Director, or come and visit the Centre for Workplace Learning in the hut next to the Dol.cHe Vita.   

    • Join or set up a student club or society: This is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and take on additional responsibilities (e.g. if you’re interested in events management, organise an event! If marketing is your thing, help promote the society and its activities). Visit the St Mary’s SU website for details of existing clubs and societies and information on how to set up your own if nothing takes your fancy.

    • Work shadowing: This is a great way to get a deep insight into a particular role or organisation and make new contacts in that area. Plus, it’s often an easier ask than work experience as it requires less organisation from the person you shadow.

    • Do a short course or summer school: There are lots of online courses available that enable you to learn new knowledge or skills, often for free. Or you might attend a workshop or summer school, which is  a great way to meet new people and develop your skills. For example, websites like FutureLearn and Coursera offer a wide range of free online courses.

    • Start your own project, enter competitions, build your portfolio: Depending on your career of interest, it may be helpful to create examples of your own work. For example, if you’re interested in writing, could you create your own blog (or contribute to someone else’s, like an organisation or student club/society) or write your own screen play? If you like filming, could you create or edit something to help build your portfolio? Could you collaborate with students from other programmes to bring your work to life? Also think about how you might share your work – e.g. through your own website, LinkedIn, social media or by entering competitions.

    • Volunteer: This can be a good way to get a taster of a particular job or experience as well as gain valuable experience, meet new people and do something rewarding. Not everyone has the financial freedom to volunteer, so this may be something to consider alongside a part-time job. If you are giving up your time for free, make sure you are also getting something worthwhile out of it (e.g. relevant experience to boost your CV). Visit websites like www.do-it.org to search different types of opportunities by location.

    • Use your part-time job to get relevant experience: If you work in a large organisation (e.g. in retail or a chain of restaurants), could you shadow or speak to someone in head office who does a role you’re interested in, such as HR, marketing, legal or finance? If you work in a small shop, café or bar, could you do something to support their marketing or social media (or whatever area it is that interests you)?

    • Set up your own business or social enterprise or do some freelancing: Increasing numbers of students and graduates (and not just business students!) are considering or have started working for themselves. Visit our ‘Starting your own business’ page for advice and information.

    For more information and ideas, see our 10 more ways to get work experience guide or make a careers appointment to speak to one of our Careers Consultants.


  • CVs, Cover Letters and Applications

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    The Careers Service offers appointments where a Careers Consultant can provide feedback on your CVs and applications, and can give you advice on where to start.

    To book an appointment, please contact us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk, with details of your availability. During the Coronavirus lockdown, we are offering appointments remotely by email, phone and video calls. 

    In this section there are useful resources to help support you with applying for jobs and further study. It includes:
    For advice on writing a personal statement for a Masters degree or Teacher training programme, please visit our 'Thinking about Further Study or Teacher Training' page. 

  • Interviews and Assessment Centres

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    Recruiters will use a wide range of selection methods to assess your skills, experience, motivation and general suitability for the role you have applied for. In preparation, there is a lot of support available to help you. 

    If you are worried about how you come across in an interview or are not sure what questions you might be asked, then we can help:

    Please note: during the Coronavirus pandemic, many employers have moved their recruitment practices online and have shifted to providing by phone, video chat or automated video interviews. For more information on this, please see our 'Remote interviews and online recruitment' guide. 
      

    Interview Practice

    As well as offering you advice for interview prep and mock interviews via a remote appointment with a Careers Consultant, you can also practice interviewing by signing up to InterviewStream – our online software that gives you free access to an excellent range of resources, allowing you to: 

    • Practice whenever, wherever – using a MAC, PC, Android or IOS device.
    • See and hear yourself online – record, review, retry… practice at your own pace. 
    • Watch, assess and share interviews – review your video responses and share interviews via email. 
    • Choose from 7000+ questions – or select a predefined question set designed for you.

    Interview Stream simulates the pre-recorded (or 'asynchronous') video interviews that some employers use as part of their recruitment process.  InterviewStream is an online platform that allows students to practice for asynchronous video interviews. Asynchronous interviews are those where you are sent a link that takes you to a platform where you are presented with questions in text or video and then given a set period of time to answer a question, recorded by your webcam. The recruiter then reviews the recorded videos at their leisure.

    You can register yourself to use InterviewStream by visiting InterviewStream and clicking register for a new account. Ensure you select St Mary's University as your Institution. If you are invited for a face-to-face interview with an employer, then we'd recommend you also book a practice interview with the Careers Service. 

    Psychometric Testing​

    ​​Psychometric tests are a method used by some recruiters to assess your suitability for the role. They involve answering a series of questions online within a certain time limit and are generally used by larger employers who receive large numbers of applications. They could also be one of the tasks at an assessment centre. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare is a useful way to improve your test performance.​

    St Mary's Students can access a number of practice tests on Graduates First, an online resource that offers free Psychometric and Aptitude tests, as well as helpful tips, solutions and advice. 

    You can access Graduates First by setting up an account with your St Mary’s email address.

    Personality Testing

    Personality tests are used to identify who you are and why you do things the way you do. The most well known type of personality testing is Myers Briggs Type Indic​ator (MBTI). If you complete an online personality test, we would encourage you to come into the Careers Service and talk over your results with a Careers Consultant. The next stage will be to consider what you like doing and which particular career paths you may want to take. 

    In addition to MBTI, there are lots of free online personality tests which you can access, such as www.16personalities.com. If you need any further information on completing a personality test, please contact the Careers Service


  • St Mary's Internship Programme

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    The 2019/2020 St Mary's Internship Programme is now open!

    We are continuing to offer opportunities for you to gain experience and enhance your employability during the Coronavirus pandemic, by sourcing paid internships with a range of employers through the St. Mary’s Internship Programme.

    All the St Mary's Internship opportunities that are due to start during lockdown will be offered remotely, in line with the current government guidelines on social distancing. 

    Apply on Careers Connect, and search for internships using the phrase "St Mary's Internship Programme". 

    **We recommend that you book a careers appointment to get your application reviewed before you apply. You can book an appointment by email, phone, or video chat by emailing careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability.** 

    Why should you do apply for an internship through the St Mary's Internship Programme?

    • It's PAID! You will get £10.75 per hour
    • Makes you more competitive in the graduate jobs market
    • Great way to further develop your skills and knowledge
    • Gain an understanding of a particular job or industry
    • Helps you to gain an insight into how organisations operate and the challenges they face
    • Provides you with networking opportunities
    • Allows you to consider other roles you may not have previously thought of...
    Check out the video below to hear from one of last year's successful applicants


    For advice on finding other summer opportunities, please see our guide to 'Finding work experience and summer internships during the Coronavirus pandemic'.
    • Feeling left behind, or not sure where to start?

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      It's never too late to think about your career. People are ready at different times. 
      Ideally, the main thing to do is to come up with a plan.

      A Plan:
      Your plan will depend on what stage you are at. Your plan will probably change over time and normally starts from being very general to getting more specific as you work through it.
      For example, it might start with "I want a good graduate job which involves something in business, so I need to explore the different options in this area." Then, as you work on this plan, it may change later to "I want to work in HR so I need to find work shadowing to get experience and maybe an internship." 

      The most common stages of plans are:
      1. Think about yourself - your values, and your skills. This will help you get some insight into the jobs and roles that most suit you
      2. Think about the options - Look at Prospects.ac.uk 
      3. Decide which option/s to go for.
      3. Find out the route/s to get there
      4. Start applying.

      One of the best things to do is to book a quick Careers appointment. It won't take long and we can help you get on track and talk through some sensible next steps.
      • Thinking about Further Study or Teacher Training?

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        The Careers Team have two forthcoming webinars on further study:

        Follow the registration links above for more details. You can see our full series of forthcoming webinars on our Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks page.

        Thinking about teacher training?

        For info on Teaching, including the different ways to train, bursaries and finance, the application process etc, see the government's 'Get into Teaching' website or download the Target Jobs Guide to Teaching.

        You can also book an appointment with a Careers Consultant for further guidance on anything from making an informed decision about whether teaching is right for you, to the different teacher training routes; when, where and how to apply; writing a strong personal statement; and fees and funding (or anything else you may be wondering about). You can also get feedback on your applications or book a practice interview. To make an appointment, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. 

        Applying for a Masters?

        Read our Postgraduate Study handout which gives some initial advice and information on how to apply, and how to choose the right course and where to look for information on fees and funding. 

        Masters courses can be expensive and aren't necessary for all career paths, so it is worth checking that doing a Masters is the right thing for you, and if so, that you choose the right one. 

        The Prospects and Find a Masters websites have useful and comprehensive sections on some of things to think about when considering Masters study, choosing a course, as well as advice on fees and funding. They also have a database of courses from across the UK (and beyond) than you can search. UCAS also has useful guidance on choosing a postgraduate degree. 

        Considering a PhD?

        A PhD, or Doctorate of Philosophy, is the highest level of degree a student can achieve, demonstrating that they've made a meaningful new contribution to their chosen field. It's also a significant commitment - full-time PhDs typically last three or four years (whilst part-time PhDs can last six or seven). 

        PhD students independently conduct original and significant research in a specific field or subject, before producing a publication-worthy thesis of typically 60,000-90,000 words.

        Take a look at our Postgraduate Study handout for a basic introduction to PhDs, check out 'To PhD or not to PhD?' guide to help you make an informed decision, and read our Applying for PhD resource for more details about applying. You can also find useful and comprehensive information on the Prospects and Find a PhD websites. 

        Other types of further study

        There are a range of other types of further study, including: 
        • Postgraduate certificates and diplomas: these qualifications are at the same level of study as Masters degrees, but they're shorter and you don't have to write a dissertation. So they may suit you if you're interested in further study but you don't have time for a full Masters, and/or would prefer not to do a full dissertation.
        • Professional qualifications: vocational training courses that relate to a specific industry or career path (e.g. becoming a Solicitor or a Chartered Accountant). Some can be taken directly after graduating, while others are aimed at professionals with several years of experience who wish to develop their career further.
        • MBA courses: these are typically aimed at high-achieving graduates who want to forge a successful business career and already have some management experience. They can often lead to new job opportunities, promotion or an improved salary.
        • Conversion courses: Conversion courses are intensive postgraduate programmes that enable you to pursue a career that your undergraduate degree hasn't prepared you for. They're usually vocational and can last anywhere between a few months and several years, depending on the qualification and whether you choose fast-track, full-time or part-time study. to help you switch career path. There are available in a range of areas including medicine, law, IT, psychology and social work.
        Read out Further Study FAQs for more advice to help you make an informed decision about further study. 

        Book a careers appointment

        You're always welcome to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant for further guidance on anything related to further study - from making an informed decision about whether it is right for you at this time, to choosing courses; how, when and where to apply; writing a strong personal statement; and fees and funding (or anything else you may be wondering about). 

        You can also get feedback on your applications or book a practice interview. To make an appointment, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. 
      • Changing or leaving your course?

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        If you are having trouble, then arrange an appointment. Our appointments are confidential and impartial, so we won't be discussing anything with your lecturers or employers without your permission. And we won't push you into any particular decision. Our Careers Consultants are independent of the University and will give you guidance and advice without pushing our own agenda.

        Common issues - Leaving your course

        Have a read through the document below, as it includes a lot of useful information. There are a few key things.

        1. Speak to all the relevant people. This includes: someone from your course (Course director or personal tutor), The student finance team (to sort out any financial implications and to give you advice on money), A Careers Consultant (who can give you advice about if this might be the right decision and options for what to do next). Once you decide to formally leave and have spoken to the right people about the decision and the timing, you can then speak to registry, who will remove you formally from the course.

        2. Talk to people soon. If you have recently started your course, then you may be able to transfer to another course, but only if you get this sorted quickly. Speaking to people quickly may also impact your student finance.

        3. Consider whether the reason for leaving your course is due to a temporary issue that may resolve, or if it is something that you can get some support for. Hardship funds may be available from student funding, and learning development lecturers may be able to support you with your studies. Come and talk through your options with a Careers Consultant in confidence.

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        For information and useful links and resources, have a look at our Enterprise Information


        Start-up St Mary's

        Start-up St Mary's is a 9 week programme starting at the end of January 2020. Start-up St Mary's Poster.jpg

        The programme is for any students or alumni within two years of graduating wanting to learn more about business start-ups or how to get a business idea of the ground.

        Perhaps you've thought about becoming self-employed, or would simply like to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set.

        The programme will be sponsored by Santander Universities and there is the opportunity of pitching for funding of up to £5000 for your business idea.

        Further details on the programme can be found here.

        A calendar of events for the programme can be found here. 

        To apply, click here.

        If you have any additional questions about the programme please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk or call 0208 240 4055.

        #StartUpStMarys #investinyourfuture


        Building a Start-Up Business - L6 CWL Module

        This Centre for Workplace Learning module runs in Semster 1 each year and is designed specifically for students who have a viable business idea that they would like to realise its potential in the marketplace. Students will have access to specially selected business mentors and successful start-up business entrepreneurs. They will have the opportunity to draw upon their experience and advice which will ultimately help them create a business plan and present their idea to a panel of experts. 

        This is a selective module and students need to complete an application form and have an interview. Selection is now open for 2019/20.


      • Resources Index

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        In this section, you can find all of our various helpsheets and resources under one roof:

        Getting Work Experience and Finding Jobs:
        Applications & CVs

        Further study:

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