Getting Started

It can be daunting knowing where to start planning your career.  To help with this, we have put together suggestions for some of the most common questions or issues faced by Masters students.  Click on the drop down menus for further information

I'm unsure about my options after completing my Masters course:

You may already have a career in mind or may have chosen to study a Masters purely for the love of your subject.  

Our Explore Your Options page may help you to generate ideas, as well as to reflect on your personality, skills and motivations:


We would recommend speaking with a Careers Adviser at an early stage to help you plan for the year ahead.  See our Careers Support section for further information:



I'm not sure when I should start looking for work:

Graduate job deadlines can be very early in the academic year, especially with the larger, more competitive schemes and so the time to start planning is now!   Smaller organisations may have deadlines later in the year, but you can still be planning your time, gaining experience and refining your applications from the moment you arrive in Sheffield.

See our Masters Year Planner or further information about key days in the academic year.

I wish to work in the UK:

There are numerous options for international students to gain experience whilst in the UK.  Volunteering, clubs and societies can be a way to make British friends, as well as to enhance your skillset. See our Working in the UK guide for further details. 

International students can - in most cases - work for up to 20 hours per week during term-time (though it is important to check your Visa for your individual entitlement).  We advertise a range of local vacancies throughout the year on Career Connect.

You may also be eligible to work for up to 6 months full-time on your student Visa at the end of your course.   This can be a great opportunity to build experience in the UK. Keep an eye on the Careers Service website and Career Connect for opportunities later in the academic year.

To work in the UK after your student Visa expires, you will need to be organised, determined and submit applications of the highest standard to succeed in a competitive market. See Visa Information for further details.


I wish to work overseas:

We have a dedicated set of resources, including international country guides. Click here for more information.

I'm looking for support with applications or interviews:

We offer group sessions and individual support at all stages of the application process.  Start now by reading up on how to tailor your Applications and CVs for graduate level positions. 


I'm an international student looking for help:

We offer a tailored programme of events for international students, whatever you wish to do in future and have a dedicated Careers Adviser.  See our Support for International Students section for further information: