Postgraduate careers

Here at Stirling, we help postgraduates to realise their potential. When they leave Stirling, they may follow a career path or continue with further study or research. Recent figures show that, six months after graduation, 86% of Stirling UK and International postgraduates were working or had moved onto further study.

(Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2010)


Improve your employment prospects

A University of Stirling postgraduate qualification improves your chances of employment. More and more employers are seeking the enhanced skills that postgraduate students have, allowing them to enter a wide range of career sectors.

Broaden your skills

Alongside academic achievement, employers are also looking for transferable skills, appropriate personal qualities and relevant work experience. In particular, they like to see:

  • Self discipline and motivation
  • Teamworking, collaboration and networking
  • Lateral and creative thinking
  • Ability to challenge procedures and offer alternatives
  • Project management Skills

At Stirling, we know how important it is that you complement your academic study/research by developing these transferable skills. That is why we offer you the chance to take part in:

  • Training programmes
  • Conferences
  • Academic School committees
  • Teaching undergraduates
  • Supervising research
  • Joining your professional body
  • Work placements or shadowing
  • Voluntary work

Working after study

If you have come to Stirling from outside the UK, you can apply to stay and work in the UK for up to two years after you are awarded your qualification, under the new points-based immigration system.

Throughout the year we offer you activities that help with your job application and interview skills, including information sessions to help you complete your immigration application.

How the Careers and Employability Service Can Help

Our Careers and Employability Service (CES) provides resources that can help you make informed career decisions, pursue your goals effectively and develop skills that will help you manage your career throughout your life.

Careers Guidance

  • Quick Queries and Guidance interviews
  • E-guidance via the CES website
  • Mock interviews

Careers Information

  • Comprehensive website and online toolkits supporting your career development
  • Career directories and magazines to take away
  • Online vacancy and events service advertising work during semester, vacation and after graduation
  • Career fairs 

Careers Education

  • Full programme of career workshops and events aimed at developing employability skills
  • Binging together organisations and Masters students to undertake collaborative projects
  • Face-to-face meetings with a wide range of employers
  • Programme of career workshops
  • Additionally, postgraduate students are offered a range of tailored sessions on Career Planning from within their Faculty, or as part of the Stirling Graduate School programme.

The Careers and Employability Service is situated in room  of the Cottrell Building and is open Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm.

Further information is available: Careers and Employability Service Cottrell Building
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
+ 44 (0) 1786 466022
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