We’re nearing the end of May, and many taught postgraduates will be in the final stages of their studies. Whilst you are focused on your dissertation, or final project, it may be difficult to see beyond that. However, now is a good time to consider where you go next.
Consider why you started your studies, what was your motivation? Did you want to move on in a specific career? Or change to a new career? Thinking back to your original plans can help you to see if that is still the right path for you. Studying at a postgraduate level allows you to discover skills, and capacities, that may have opened up completely new opportunities – so compare why you started, to where you are now, to help plan where to go next.
Think of the end of your studies as a process of transitioning on to the next phase. This may be moving on to a PhD, or leaving the University to progress your career. Remember to contact support units, such as the Careers Service, to help you in this transition.
If you need support with your academic development in the final stages of your PGT studies please look at our website for workshops, and resources to help you: www.ed.ac.uk/iad/postgraduates
Finally, it has been a pleasure to work with the PGT community at Edinburgh, we gain so much from your enthusiasm, and interests. We wish you the best in your future endeavours, and look forward to hearing about your successes.
Dr Donna Murray
Head of Masters Provision
Institute for Academic Development