Learning to Get Ahead in Business; in a Job Market Flooded by Graduates, a Professionally Accredited Postgraduate Qualification Will Set Candidates Apart. by Niki Chesworth

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Byline: candidates apart. By Niki Chesworth

[bar] OSTGRADUATE education is a major investment of both time and money. However, it is something that should pay dividends when it comes to earnings and career prospects.

"There's absolutely no doubt from an employer's point of view that somebody who's done a strong masters programme is going to be better prepared and more attractive in the job market," says Beverley Jullien, pro vice-chancellor of London South Bank University.

"Masters graduates also earn on average 15 per cent more -- equivalent to [pounds sterling]200,000 during their career -- according to a report published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency."

London South Bank University's (LSBU) Business School offers a blend of expertise that encompasses accounting, business, computing, finance, human resources, information technology, management, marketing and a special civil society portfolio for those working in charities, voluntary and the not-for-profit sectors. A wide range of postgraduate programmes is available in other schools at LSBU, including engineering and design, law and planning.

As such, LSBU works closely with a range of professional bodies to understand the needs of employers. "Our graduates make an impact in organisations across all sectors of the economy. What we do is find out what matters, so for those professional qualifications where accreditation is important we work very closely with the accrediting bodies," says Jullien.

"So if it's marketing we work with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. If it's management, the Chartered Management Institute and the same for finance, for computing and for human resources, and so on. For those where accreditation is not relevant, we work with key employers and understand what the needs are and what is a useful thing for somebody to learn."

This focus on the skills employers need gets results. In the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 90 per cent of London South Bank University postgraduate students said they were working or in further study within six months of graduating. The university is also the only London university approved by the Government Procurement Services to deliver both the MBA and MPA to central government on a part-time and block-delivery mode. …