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Masters Degree Jobs

Whether you’ve got your masters degree and you’re well on your way in your chosen career path, or if you’re only just starting to consider doing one, jobs are probably on your mind. With the news being dismal, and talking about the worsening state of the job market, it might not always be in the most positive way. But we’re here to tell you that when it comes to masters degree jobs, there are plenty of options! 

Now, one major thing you need to consider before doing a masters degree is whether you’ll get a good return on the cost of your degree, and this will obviously affect the sort of jobs you’ll be looking at. But to give you some ideas, let's take a quick look through some common job areas that require a masters.

Graduate jobs

Firstly, those jobs known as ‘graduate jobs’. These are often found via recruitment agencies, and are most common in a few major areas: sales, marketing and management. Whilst any job requiring a masters degree is a graduate job, these are what most people will think of when hearing that. These sort of roles are designed for those who want to move upwards in a company whilst earning at a decent rate. For sales, this can be more stressful as it’s commission based, but there is the potential to therefore earn really well. With management, you start in as a trainee manager, rather than having to work your way up from sales assistant. Many companies well known companies, for example Asda or Debenhams have graduate management schemes. As, as for marketing, you’ll have your chance to go from being an assistant to potentially running the marketing for major projects.

Subject-specific graduate roles

Masters degree jobs None of these sound of interest? Well, let’s take a look at some subject specific graduate roles. If your degree is in one of the sciences, many jobs offer lab assistant places to those with master’s degrees. Getting a role like this can mean that, instead of potentially having to do a PhD to end up in a senior role, you can work your way up within the company. What about English? Well, you can look into masters degree jobs in journalism – again, something with the potential to progress upwards. Or maybe you studied something like Finance? In that case, many major financial companies offer graduate schemes. What’s a graduate scheme, I hear you ask? Well, it’s a program that offers both training and work, which will usually lead into a permanent position.

A good general tip is: if it describes itself as ‘graduate job’ or ‘entry level job’ then it’s suited for you – these are both alternative descriptions of masters degree jobs.

But what exactly are the best masters degrees for jobs?

Best masters degrees for jobs

Unfortunately, there’s not one specific degree we can point to and tell you it’s the best degree for masters jobs. Every degree has its benefits – from the skills you learn, such as communicating efficiently and knowing how to research, to the opportunity to network. That said some degrees are better than others for certain jobs, so let’s have a look at some possible ideas:

#1 Pick a degree with a low unemployment rate – if a degree has a low unemployment rate, then we can assume employers find it highly desirable! Now, whilst we wouldn’t recommend choosing your degree solely on its unemployment rates (after all, you’ll want to enjoy what you’re doing), it’s a useful way to see what your future prospects might be.

#2 Pick a degree that leads to well-paying jobs – if you’re mostly looking at how much you can earn afterwards, you’ll want to check out this list. Some subjects lead to better paying jobs than others, so if that’s your major priority, make sure you’re choosing something relevant.

#3 Do an MBA – why an MBA, you ask? Well, MBAs are well-known for turning out some of the best business minded people. If you want to move into any area of business – from accounting to technology management, you’ll want a MBA

#4 Do a degree in education – whilst not the best overall for getting a job, if you want to move into teaching, this is the degree you need to do. And, don’t forget – it's not just useful for teaching. Any position that involves education, from directing the curriculum to working with children in museums, will appreciate this.

#5 Think about the future – here, we talk about going into renewable energy. This is just one example of what we mean by ‘think about the future’. Think about what kind of companies will last, which ones will be around in years to come. These degrees won’t necessarily land you a masters degree job straight away, but once you do get a job, you’ll be sorted for life.

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