Careers and Employability Centre

Taught postgraduates

Masters courses are usually intensive and you will find that the time passes very quickly. It helps to be focused on what you want to gain from your masters experience.

In addition to further developing your knowledge and skills, you may find that your course can open up opportunities to meet and talk to people working in areas that interest you. Thinking early about your career options will better prepare you for your next step.

Careers information

You can use our sector guides for researching your career in a wide range of areas. If you are unsure of the sectors that may be suitable for you, do spend time thinking about your interests and motivations as well as how you can use your qualifications.

Building your experience

There are various ways you can enhance your skills and experience during your masters course. Some of our courses have the option to do a placement or get industry experience as part of your studies. Alternatively, you could start a part-time job, gain work experience or volunteer. Other options could be to get involved with your course, join a professional body or take part in extracurricular activities.

It is important to note that in the UK employers welcome applications from masters graduates and new graduates for the same roles. There are only a few employers who have specific postgraduate roles so do check before applying. We have information on graduate positionsinternational graduate schemes and working outside the UK.
Further study
There are many different qualifications, vocational and professional courses that you might consider after your masters. If you are considering a PhD at Sussex or elsewhere, do look at our further study page which has information on finding courses, applying and funding.
Making applications
Whether you choose employment or further study it is important that you are able to articulate the benefits of your masters course [23.94KB] including the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained. It will often be up to you to articulate the difference that your masters course has made to prospective employers. We have various resources to assist you with each stage of the application process, including CVs, interviews and assessment centres.
Events and workshops

You can attend any of our events, which include employer recruitment talks and skills workshops. There is a Career success for masters students [PPTX 6.19MB] workshop to help get your career thinking started. Our annual Careers Fair in November is a fantastic opportunity to meet a wide range of recruiting employers and training providers.

Academic skills
There are dedicated study skills pages for both taught postgraduate students and international students. These resources provide advice and links to resources to help you with your studies at Sussex.
International students
For information on your Tier 4 visa and permissions to work in term time and vacations please look at the International Student Support page on working in the UK during your studies.

For information about visas and sponsorship after your course, see our dedicated international student page.

Careers appointments

We offer 20-minute appointments with a Careers Consultant either in person or by phone. These can be used for:

  • CV feedback and application review
  • Career exploration
  • Getting work experience and finding internships
  • Applying for work opportunities and further study
  • Interview preparation

You can make an appointment via CareerHub.

Advance appointments can be booked up to two weeks ahead and on-the-day appointments can be booked from 9am each weekday. We aim to be as flexible and open as possible. However, we may have to restrict access to appointments if we feel that the service is being over-used.

You can also receive information and guidance online via Ask a Question

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If you are a recent Sussex graduate and can't access CareerHub, please call 01273 678429 or email

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