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Figures from the 2016 Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) report What do graduates do? show that 13.1% of UK graduates surveyed continued their studies after graduating from a first degree in 2015, with an extra 5.1% working and studying.

It must seem like a tempting option considering the competition that often surrounds graduate positions. But while it is an impressive accolade to have to your name, unfortunately a postgraduate degree is not a golden ticket to guaranteed employment. You need to seriously weigh up all the different factors associated with postgraduate study before making any big decisions…


There are a number of professions that require additional qualifications, such as law, medicine and teaching. Some careers may require that you specialise too, so studying a specific topic will help. Therefore, postgraduate study is essential when it’s the only route into certain skilled jobs.

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The Graduate Guide 2017 has everything you will need for life after university. It covers 50+ career industries and looks at some top destinations overseas. Or if postgraduate study beckons, you’ll find loads of information to help you decide which route to take — in the UK or abroad. Whatever the next step is for you, The Graduate Guide is packed full of information and advice to help you on your way.

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