What’s next?

What’s next?

In the final installment of her three-part series, student Veronica Pot explores the options you have after your undergraduate degree. Find out all the ways in which the University can help in her informative myView blog post.

Veronica is in her final year of study and is pleased to be able to share her tips with fellow students.

Kia ora! As the final blog post of this mini-series, I’m going to be discussing what comes after the degree you’ve worked so hard to get.

When I finished high school, I knew I wanted to study a range of subjects at university, so I chose a conjoint degree at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. This meant I could pursue both arts and science courses over four years to a high standard. However, when I reached my penultimate trimester, I was still at a loss as to what to do next.

Some people choose to finish studying after a Bachelor’s degree and join the workforce and others continue studying at postgraduate level, but it can be a tough to know what the best option is! I was wondering—what’s the difference between taught and thesis Master’s? Which one should I chose? Where do I find out more information?

Wellington Careers and Employment is a great place to start when looking to move into the workforce

My first port of call was the University’s website. Postgraduate qualifications are listed under each subject area and include the length of time each takes to complete. Graduate diplomas are short, consisting of coursework and Honours are an extra year after your undergraduate, and have further teaching and a small thesis. A Master’s can consist of Honours-level coursework and a larger research component. A PhD–completed after Honours or Master’s–is three years of research and a comprehensive thesis.

Suitably confused yet? So was I! I found the best way to get more information was to investigate my chosen Faculty’s 400-level course catalogue on the website, and then have a chat with the academics in the subject areas I was interested in. They can also help explain what areas of research are currently available, which is key if you’re going to spend a year or more working on it!

If you want to leave university after your Bachelors, there’s lots of useful resources on CareerHub and through the online careers centre—you can check your CV and get feedback, prepare for interviews and screening processes, and find job opportunities. The Careers and Employment team can also help you at any point in your degree, with workshops and events aimed at improving your employability.

Our libraries are great places to study and to plan your next move.

Some students decide to head overseas for further study or work, which is a great way to find opportunities that might not exist in New Zealand. It can be terrifying to pack up everything and move to a new country, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to learn more about a different culture, lifestyle, and yourself. Hopefully soon this will be an option for all of us again.

It’s hard to know what the future holds, or what you want to do with your life. I worry about what I might do in the future, if I’m making the right choices now to be where I want to be in five years. If that’s you too, you’re not alone! We’re all trying to find our niche, to fit in doing something we love, and having a ball while doing it.

Kia kaha!

Veronica Pot is a final-year student studying for a BA/BSc in Biotechnology, Japanese, and Classical Studies. Read the other two blogs in her series: Academic restart and Getting involved.

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