Live Q&A: Will a postgraduate degree boost your career?

Move over sandwich board graduate – there’s a new unemployed jobseeker in town taking his bid for work to new heights – quite literally – with a massive billboard ad.

Last year we were intrigued by the antics of history grad David Rowe, who became so desperate for a job he turned himself into a walking job advertisement. Now unemployed Irish graduate Féilim Mac An Iomaire has upped the angst-filled job search ante by spending his life savings on a roadside billboard advertising his search for work.

In a climate were graduate job seekers go to these sort of extremes, it’s clear many of you think a little something extra is needed to stand out from the job-seeking hoards.

And for many, the answer has been to pin their hopes on the kudos of a postgraduate qualification. A recent Guardian Education article pointed out there has been a spike in demand for postgraduate education, with demand for master’s degrees up 7.4% in 2009-10.

However, does gaining extra letters after your name lead instantly equate to a golden ticket to your dream job? Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, reckons recruiters will see straight through anybody who has taken a course to delay a job search or as a last resort. He told Guardian Education: “If postgraduate qualifications are undertaken for the right reason and graduates are able to explain their worth to prospective employers, they can be very worthwhile additions to a CV.”

So, if you are considering a postgraduate course and want to know whether it will be a solid investment in the future, we’re running a live Q&A to offer you advice about what employers value. Plus, if you’ve just finished your course, we’ll be examining how you can impress employers with your enhanced credentials. Join us on 8 June from 1pm until 4pm – advance questions welcome below.

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