Science & Information Technology (IT) Careers Opportunities & Development Advice Guidance - Information & News From Your Career Guide

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Funding

Funding is always an issue when it comes to postgraduate studies, so check first whether the course you are interested in or the department you are applying to has its own awards. Then check the science or IT-based charities and the research councils, including:

The Wellcome Trust (www.wellcome.ac.uk/),
Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org/),
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (www.bbsrc.ac.uk/),  
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (www.epsrc.ac.uk/,
Medical Research Council (www.mrc.ac.uk/),
The Natural Environment Research Council (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/)  
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (www.scitech.ac.uk/).

Although a postgraduate qualification is an extra sign to an employer that your science or IT skills are advanced and that you can think innovatively and analytically, it is still important to develop those soft skills that employers seek in the commercial world. In its advice, Target Jobs suggests developing these skills and experiences by going to conferences, presenting posters, undergoing professional development courses and getting experience of teaching undergraduates: all look good on the CV, whether you are destined for the academic world or the commercial world of Science and IT.

Both Hobsons (www.get.hobsons.co.uk/) and Prospects (www.prospects.ac.uk/) also have interesting and useful sections on their websites about how to approach the whole issue of postgraduate qualifications. Eurograduate (www.eurograduate.com) has a database of European employers many of which are active Science and IT recruiters.