Career Prospects

Crossing the river

The aim of our Masters degrees is to provide students with a skill set that meets the needs of a variety of different career paths. A number of students study our Masters degrees as a stepping stone towards research degrees. Others take the research skills they have developed during the Masters into the policy sector, working for think tanks or government agencies, while yet others work in areas of market research.

Some of our students have keen commercial interests. In recent years one particular area of business that has attracted the attention of our graduates has been the alternative energy sector, which is currently booming in a number of Latin American countries. Additionally, we have a number of early- and mid-career professionals that take a year out and come to us to develop regional expertise. Within this group there are generally one or two freelance journalists, who continue writing and submitting pieces whilst studying in London and then step up in their careers to work for more prestigious global news agenciesbroadcasting corporations and media groups

A significant subset of students seek and find work in the third sector - NGOs and charitable organisations. This group often builds on previous experience in the sector to develop regional expertise and moves on to manage national offices or even regional programmes after graduating. Younger students, often straight from their first degree, might take the opportunity to work voluntarily for NGOs or charities while studying for their Masters, in this way adding vital experience to their CVs. These graduates tend to work as interns for a year or so after graduating before finding their first fully remunerated post.

The excellent record of career progression of our graduates has and will be enhanced by our establishment at UCL as the Institute of the Americas. The global reputation of UCL is unquestionable and taking a Masters Degree from the Institute of the Americas will be a great addition to your curriculum vitae. What is more, the UCL Careers Service is second to none, with a dedicated team of professionals eager to help you maximise your chances of landing that ideal job.  Regardless of the degree programme you follow or the field in which you develop your career, as a graduate of the Institute you will always receive a warm reception when requesting a reference. We are keen to support your career progression; we welcome news of your achievements and celebrate your continuing success.

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