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How to get a job in higher education

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How to get a job in higher education

The answer to how to get a job in higher education needs you first to consider the kind of job you want to get. Jobs in the higher education industry cover a wide range of skills and services. Many colleges and universities are in fact a small community, some a small town.

There is a network of support and assistance needed to make the whole system work.

Jobs in higher education are usually in colleges and universities. These could lecturing, administration, support services or additional services like careers advice. Most students in higher education are aged 18 and over.

Getting a job as an academic

  • A masters or PhD is considered necessary for most research and lecturing posts. In addition, a record of publications and a strong research profile will help back up your formal qualifications.

Getting a job in university services

  • Skilled trades jobs, and those that need specific licenses, may be on offer maintaining university facilities and services.
  • A chunk of university staff are often graduates, perhaps because they have some experience of academic life. However, this is not a pre-requisite. Universities are usually also keen to offer training, opening up entry-level positions which need no previous study.

Qualifications for jobs in higher education
Most universities will want academic applicants to hold, or seek to hold, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). A PGCHE may be earned through part-time study.

The PGCHE is recognised as equivalent to similar postgraduate qualifications abroad, an important factor for academics who may be thinking of working elsewhere in future.

The work load is significant, but most universities offer time as well as funding to encourage staff to pursue a PCTHE. The certificate is comprised of 60 credits, which can later be combined with further study to earn a postgraduate diploma or Masters in Education.

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