Making the choice to return to study my Postgraduate degree

Hello! I’m Dan and I’m a postgraduate student studying full-time on the MSc Planning programme. I’ve spent a couple of years since graduating from my Geography undergrad working and travelling, before making the decision to come back to full time education to complete a masters. For the next year I’m going to be blogging about my time studying on the programme at Plymouth University.

Exploring the glaciers of New Zealand

Exploring the glaciers of New Zealand

Back to when I graduated from my Geography undergrad!

Back to when I graduated from my Geography undergrad!

Today I just wanted to touch upon my reasoning for coming back to Higher Education to study my masters in the hope that it might be a valuable insight for any of you who are also considering making the move. You might be in your final year of your undergraduate course, or maybe you’ve already graduated and are out working in the wider world, but are considering going further with your studies (as I was). Whatever your situation, you can be sure that next September will come around sooner than you’d think and that means it’s never too early to start thinking seriously about what programme and where you might like to enrol for your masters.

There are a plethora of reasons for undertaking postgraduate study. I’m not sure I could highlight them all here, but a quick Google search will give you a list of possible reasons why a postgrad degree could benefit you or not (it’s not the only direction for you to take and is probably not right for everyone). Talking from my own perspective, however there were a couple of key points that really mattered to me.

In my opinion, a Geography degree is the most interesting field of study out there… with any number of specialisations and directions for you to target your studies in order to suit your interests, be they related to the human or the physical world. But coming out of my degree and after four years I found that my appetite for study was still there, I wanted to learn more, and the option to drill down further into some of the areas my undergrad had touched upon and that really interested me, was something I continued to harbour even as I entered the world of full time work post-uni.

 
The Plymouth Sound

The Plymouth Sound

The other point that continued to stand out to me as I contemplated where exactly I wanted to take my career now I’d graduated (and that took me a while to work out, an observation I think many recent graduates will sympathise with me on) was that to access the kind of jobs I wanted, a postgraduate qualification was really going to help me. It isn’t just the value that those three additional little letters MSc might bring when I can add them to my C.V either. It’s the opportunities to network with the wide range of professionals who I should come into contact with across the year. It’s the areas of knowledge and their professional application that I will have the chance to access through the academics and indeed the other students alongside me on the programme too.

Maybe some of the above resonates with you as you’re reading this too, or there might be a host of other reasons you have for considering postgraduate study. Being at the very beginning of my own studies, I can only talk about what I hope I’ll be getting by coming back to undertake my postgrad, whether or not it is as beneficial to me as I believe it will be is a question for another blog post...

For now, all I’ll say is I hope this has given you something to at least think about in considering undertaking a postgraduate degree next year. Check back with me again soon for my next blog post.