Written by Sue Moseley, GCU London’s Careers Consultant
A dissertation is a major part of Masters Study. If you are reading this while working on yours, you’ll be only too aware of all the work involved in preparing and finalising a dissertation. Most students tell me that it’s a very rewarding process, and a very tough one at the same time. I can still remember the relief of submitting my write-up and that was several years ago now!
Of course, the main focus of your dissertation is academic. It’s also true that your dissertation has the potential to be a hugely powerful resource in your enabling you to take your next career steps. Here are some great ideas on how to make the most of your dissertation to progress your job search and contacts.
Essential tip #2: Use your dissertation to open doors
So you’ve submitted your Masters dissertation? Congratulations! Time to relax.
Also time to share the results of your hard work with organisations and people who would be interested. I’m not suggesting that you email loads of people with all of your write-up and findings (make sure you respect any confidentiality terms of course). What I am suggesting is that you get in touch with some key people who will value the insights you have generated through your study.
Why bother? Because it’s a really effective career management step. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and to get a conversation going. Let’s take an example. Say you have done your dissertation on sustainable fashion. A recruiter or manager in a sustainable fashion brand will immediately see that you have knowledge relevant to their needs. If you drop that person a quick (carefully crafted) email, you can mention some brief details of what your research showed and suggest meeting for a coffee to discuss further. You’ve opened the door to a conversation. Conversations lead to jobs.
Don’t forget to update your self-marketing materials too. That means putting your dissertation on your CV and including it on your LinkedIn profile. Turn on updates on LinkedIn so that your contacts automatically get notified once you’ve updated your profile. More doors potentially opened!
You can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like support with making the most of your dissertation or any other career related matter. I look forward to being in touch.
Keep following our blog for more essential tips by the end of July.