M.A. British Studies | Alumni Jobs: What our students do after completing the M.B.S. programme

Alumni Jobs: What our students do after completing the M.B.S. programme

Between 1999 and 2006, we have had 118 students who have completed the Master in British Studies (M.B.S.) postgraduate degree programme. We currently have information on the professional career of 76 of these former students – that is nearly 64% of our alumni.

Within this group, the largest proportion works in academia with 29% of all former students on whom we have information employed in this field. This includes nine PhD students (or equivalent). Another six alumni work in different types of positions in academic institutions or research funding agencies such as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) or the Studienförderwerk der Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft. Four alumni are working as teachers in higher education and three have taken up further postgraduate studies.

A second cluster, representing a growing proportion of our alumni (now over 18%), comprises those who are working in the area of media and cultural management. Nine of these are employed in cultural management including four who work for publishing houses such as Beck or Sage, and one who is with the Arts Council of Wales; three work in media and journalism and two are occupied in sports administration (FIFA and the Organising Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games).

The default category of general business comprises ca. 26% former students. Some of our alumni have found jobs with multinational corporations such as IBM, Google, Coca-Cola, KPMG, Tesco or Tarmac. Others work for medium-sized or smaller companies including banks, PR agencies or software service providers.

Another field of employment that is of growing importance is politics and public administration, which covers over 14% of our alumni. Some of those have taken up positions in national ministries in their mother countries or in embassies and several are working for EU agencies or Members of the European Parliament. One alumnus has become a diplomat.

Five of our former students (just under 7%) have become primary or secondary school teachers or translators. Finally, four alumni (5%) with whom we were in touch recently have either temporarily removed themselves from the job market, e.g. because they are taking care of children, or were looking for a new job when we last heard from them.

In summary, the main fields of occupation of M.B.S. graduates are, in this order: academia, general (and typically international) business, media and cultural management, politics and public administration as well as language teaching and translation. What is particularly interesting about this is that reading for a M.B.S. appears to open up new opportunities. For example, the largest group of our students have a first degree in English language or literature and we often hear during admissions that our prospective students want to read for a M.B.S. in order to become better teachers or translators, and hopefully that is the case for those who stay on this path. Yet, even among our former students with a first degree in English, the majority has found jobs in different fields. We would like to see this as evidence that the M.B.S. has opened up new business prospects or widened academic interests. We observe similar developments among those students who come to us with a different first degree, too. We also note with pleasure that only a very small percentage of our graduates have taken on a purely clerical job. Most are in positions which give room for creativity and involve responsibility.

As far as geographical distribution is concerned, nearly 40% the M.B.S. alumni are employed outside their countries of origin, while ca. 60% work in their home country. Nearly 16% of non-UK nationals are now working in the UK or Ireland. Nearly 12% work as foreign nationals in Germany. Another 12% of our former students moved on to third or fourth countries, e.g. our graduates who work with the EU in Brussels or Strasbourg.

Over the last years, a growing number of students were able to turn their internship into a permanent job, i.e. they were hired by the organisation which provided the internship that is part of the M.B.S. programme. What makes this particularly significant is the fact that a substantial proportion of our internships are generally unsuitable for such follow-up jobs, in particular the internships we have with Members of Parliament.

For the Centre’s staff it is encouraging to receive good news about our former students. We hope we can continue to support them through our Alumni activities and we would like to thank all alumni who keep in touch.

Last updated 31 May 2007, excluding the year 2005-2007 that graduated in May 2007.