Postgraduate study is a big commitment and one that should not be undertaken lightly. However, it can also be hugely rewarding and is essential if you are seeking a career in academia. I am thoroughly enjoying my experience as a postgraduate student. Having the opportunity to do innovative, independent study, on a topic of your choice and ultimately becoming an expert on it, is very satisfying.
For many postgraduate research students, their studies also involve attending conferences and writing papers – a great way to develop your networking skills and to present your research to a wide audience. Writing articles for publication is also another element and one that is perhaps the hardest and most rigorous processes of them all.
Altogether though, it is all about embracing the opportunities that arise and to know that there is always help available whenever you need it – from your academic supervisor and personal tutor to your peers. Their support, guidance and advice will be invaluable. But most of all – choose a project that will interest you and enjoy it!