FURTHER study is an increasingly popular option for MMU graduates, with nearly one in four undertaking postgraduate courses.
22.7% of MMU graduates went on to further study in 2007/8, compared to 20.6% in 2005/6, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.
The Association of Graduate Recruiters said yesterday that in the economic downturn specialist, higher-level skills will give graduates an edge, but warned that study for its own sake would not necessarily impress employers.
AGR's Carl Gilleard said: "Too often employers tell me that when they ask Master's graduates why they took a second degree, the answer comes back, 'I didn't know what else to do' or 'I didn't feel like getting a job'.
"Further study needs to supplement graduate skills, and ideally enhance a university leaver's professional, business or management awareness."
Work experience 'valuable'
Work experience is also a sound option, he said: "For graduates unable to secure their dream job the first time round, the key is to take what is available or an unpaid internship.
"Employers can afford to be more picky now. If you have had experience doing any sort of job, you will have gained skills and contacts and that make you more attractive," he said.
MMU is holding a series of Postgraduate Open Day's for current MMU students and others, starting with the Business School PG Open Day on Wednesday 25 February 2009 from 1-3pm.
Masters programmes at the Business School cover a range of subject areas, from human resource management to project or and international business management, PR and marketing.
At Cheshire, a Postgraduate Open Day is being held on Wednesday, March 11 offering programmes in education, business and management, sport science, humanities, arts and leisure. A Manchester Open Day is held on March 12 at All Saints Campus from 2-7pm. See MMU's postgraduate study pages.
Prashant Kale, 23, (pictured) is convinced pursuing a Masters in International Business Management was a good option, as he has just had job offers from three multinational companies. He said: "Eventually I hope to set up my own business. I've spoken to my professors about the idea and they've encouraged me a great deal.
"I chose MMU because my course was the most flexible of its type in the UK. It allowed me to mix-and-match and specialise in an area that I'm interested in. My professors have been really helpful and easy to talk to and given me good advice and support."