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“The degree has been a great way to change career”

With a strong heritage in postgraduate education, at City, University of London you will find everything you need to switch career, build your skills and take the next step in your chosen field.

There are many reasons to consider postgraduate study. If you are driven by the desire of changing the direction of your career, undertaking a postgraduate degree at City can help you reinvent yourself and open doors to different sectors.

This has been the case for Kathryn Drumm (Information Science MSc) who was ready for a change after nearly 20 years spent in the broadcast industry. She had considered pursuing a career in librarianship for a while and knew she wanted a professionally accredited (CILIP) course in London. After attending an open evening, reading the course brochure and consulting a friend in the industry, she decided City was the right place for her. Although initially drawn to study Library Science, Kathryn eventually opted for Information Science MSc for its modules: “The wide range of guest speakers and visits has been a real bonus. It has widened my mental horizon of where I may end up after graduation.”

Change your career path to make a difference

Fast tracking your career in a new field that feels more rewarding and fulfilling is easier than you think. City postgraduate courses are in fact designed to support you in taking the important first steps towards a new professional path whilst equipping you with the required specialist knowledge and skills.

Darran Martin (Child Nursing PGDip) says: “Having previously worked in the charity sector for ten years, I wanted to find a more direct way of helping people. The Child Nursing PGDip has been a great way to change career while advancing my educational attainment.”

“In addition to gain the necessary skills and experience to become a child nurse, the postgraduate degree has motivated me to go on to complete my Master in Public Health as I want to both deliver and shape the healthcare that we offer in the future.”

Studying at City will provide you with the right combination of theory and practice to confidently land work in your desired field whilst benefitting from the expertise of academics who are active and highly regarded in their industries and who possess an in-depth understanding of the graduate employment marketplace.   

Blessing Theophilus-Israel (Organisational Psychology MSc) describes her experience at City as both challenging and pleasurable: “Challenging because I am learning new things and Psychology is a new subject that I have not studied before. Pleasurable because I have met other mature students like myself who have had different experiences. It is very useful being able to connect and help each other in our studies.” 

“I am learning professional skills from organisational psychologists and gaining practical experience of coaching and designing and delivering training which are skills that I will need once I complete my master’s degree. City has equipped me with the theoretical knowledge, practical training and confidence to be able to set up my consultancy firm.”

​Find a job that you truly love

With a strong focus on business and the professions, studying at City means leveraging its long-standing tradition in postgraduate study and close ties with industry to improve your employability through work placements, guest lectures and career workshops as well as gaining access to a global alumni network.

Located in the heart of London, you will benefit from City’s proximity to both major transport links and leading financial, legal, media and medical institutions. In addition, City’s dedicated Career Service aims to support you at every step of your journey with tailored career guidance to prepare you to thrive in a highly competitive job market.

Pia Steffes (Human-Computer Interaction Design MSc) had always wanted to progress in her studies, but only if she could find a school and course that she would truly enjoy. Whilst working, she further developed the idea of retraining in a Computer Science related field through a master’s degree, and then she learned about the Human Computer Interaction Design MSc at City.

She says: “I’m enjoying every minute of my course and the new things I’m learning. I believe this course is preparing me to actively pursue roles in this field after graduation. I’ve learned Human Computer Interaction (HCI) principles from an academic perspective and had the opportunity to successfully apply them in my coursework. I’m also building my portfolio that will help me in future job applications. Also, as the cohort and course staff are very close, I can now count on my own HCI network to leverage and further develop my career.”

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