Good evening together
I'm finishing my postgrad degree this summer and think about what kind of job I want to do. My degree will be in Accounting. I have 1 year of experience, not in the UK though. But I want to stay here. So I thought why not work for a university. It is for sure a great environment to work in.
I would guess the best place to begin would be to look at current adverts for jobs in your field and see what the minimum requirements are. Many, but not all, places are likely to ask you to demonstrate the capacity for research through PhD / publications for a lecturing position. However, there might be some teaching only positions too.
It depends on the conditions. A lot of Universities are only offering part time - fixed term contracts. With Accounting you will have the possibility of working in the private sector - which may offer better pay and conditions. Have a good look round before making your decision.
Because of the cuts it's difficult to get into university administration work, as they try to redploy people at risk of redundancy if jobs come available. Unless you have specific skills and experience of working for a university, the pay is also not good.
Sorry if I am negative. with a masters, publications and research and teaching experience it took me 10 years to gain SOME access- not even permanent. Universities (say) they like to know people- they are smallish teams and fear what students will be taught etc etc. Very narrow minded if you ask me but-. May not be the same in every field I know . Many unis , many of the staff all knew eachother prior eg worked in same place or were ex-students.Some research there if anybody can get access to do it? Yes- there are very few jobs. maybe 100 applicants, many Unis like new lecturers to have a PHD (another issue).Write to many unis- offer to do occassional sessions/ guest speaking.
Right, thank you then.
I assume that it is just the same with every good working environment - it is popular with people looking for a job.
I have experience in the corporate world, working for a big mulitnational. Just wasn't for me. I figure a university is much more suited for me. I just wonder what options I would have after working there for a couple of years if I wanted to make a change or move back to my home country.
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