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Make sure the extra study will add value: There’s no guarantee

Emily FordThe Times
17 March 2010

The Times education report, Masterclass, looks at how higher degrees can enhance CVs and examines whether, with the graduate job market unlikely to recover until next year, a masters is a worthwhile option.

PA’s Jonathan Horsley is featured as a case study in the article. Before joining PA Consulting Group Jonathan had a career with a property investment firm after he graduated from Durham University.

Commenting on his masters Jonathan said: "I felt that even though I’d only been in property a year, I already knew it. Once I’d qualified as a surveyor, it would be more difficult to change direction." He decided to leave and go into consulting but found he was too late to apply for graduate jobs. He chose to return to Durham to take a masters in management.

"I thought, ‘everyone’s got a degree and work experience, a masters might give me that edge’." Now he credits his course with helping him to find a job at PA Consulting, a firm that works with major government departments and businesses and receives about 100 applicants per place on its graduate scheme. "When I went to interviews the projects I was working on gave me something to talk about."

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