This chapter is designed to help you decide whether further study is right for you and plan your next steps accordingly. The first key factor to appreciate is that postgraduate study does not automatically increase your chances of getting into a new career. Further qualifications can certainly be a great way of developing your career - but only if they are part of a well thought through plan and strategy. If youre considering further study on the simple assumption that its bound to help you get on, youre probably misleading yourself. For example, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education will help you get into teaching, or a Masters in Risk Assessment may help you find a relevant role in the City, but extra qualifications will not automatically improve your chances of gaining entry into many graduate training programmes. This is simply because, as stated throughout this guide, employers are generally more concerned with your grades, skills and employment experience than what you know. Typical motivations for taking up further study are outlined below along with advice on what you should consider in each situation. Once youve read through the list, identify your personal motivations in the exercise provided and list the specific factors you need to consider in choosing whether further study is right for you.
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