Have you noticed the headline? It doesn’t say “Find the right graduate program for you”. That’s not a coincidence. That’s because there’s not only one right program for you. Most likely, there are many really good graduate programs you would be happy studying. and that can take you where you want to go.
One graduate program can lead you down many different paths
There are many graduate programs. And often, your bachelor's degree will give you access to several different graduate programs, just at SDU. Across all Danish universities, you have access to even more.
With so many different ones, you might think that they lead to specific jobs. But that is rarely the case. Your study qualifies you for many different positions and types of jobs.
Your subject-specific knowledge of the topics you have had throughout your studies, means that you can be a specialist within that field. But you are also qualified for a whole lot of generalist positions, because you went to university. In fact, for some generalist positions you could have studied almost anything. Just having a university degree is enough.
It can feel like both a good thing and a bad thing. Some people think, “Phew, that’s nice, so I DON’T have to work with this field. I might just as well do something else I dream of.” Others think: “Even more options? What the heck am I supposed to do?”
If you have a specific dream job, then go for it. Get help on how to do that here. If you, on the other hand, have doubts about what to do, get help on finding out, here.
More of the same or new challenges?
If multiple graduate program can lead to the same path, how do you choose one from another? That’s a good question.
Consider these questions:
- What do you want to get out of your graduate program? What should it add to your knowledge or competences?
- Do you want to become even more specialized and have fun with that?
- Would you like to acquire as many different skills as possible and jump into something new?
- What are the most important elements to you in a course of study? Working method? Flexibility? The social environment? Number of class hours? What has worked best for you so far?
Some graduate programs are similar to each other in their structure. You will typically have the opportunity to create your own profile through your options along the way. It could be project-oriented courses, projects and your master's thesis. There are opportunities to challenge yourself, try new things and get practical experience. See how you can start your career while you're studying.
Research your options!
Not sure whether the educational programme is for you? Take advantage of the chance to get more knowledge and a sense of whether it’s something you like.
1. Visit the educational program
Did you know you can try being a student for a day in an educational program here at SDU? It’s a chance to hear, and ask questions, about the study and check out the classes. It can give you a sense of whether it’s something for you.
2. Go to an Open House
At the Open House, you can talk to representatives of SDU’s graduate programs and hear more about the various studies. See when the next Open House is.
3. Find out what others with the same educational program do
If you need inspiration for what the educational program can lead to, you can find out what others with the same background work with. See how you can easily use LinkedIn as a research tool.