Financial TimesWhen combining a senior job with study — when should I apply for my next role?

January 20, 20210

Having never been to university, I started studying part-time for a masters this year. I have a senior-level position in a small organisation — about 50 employees — and I hope to be able to move into either a similar role in a larger organisation or become managing director of a similar-sized company. Should I begin applying for these higher-level positions during my studies and highlight what I am learning, or would it be better to wait until completion? Anonymous, 40s

Jonathan’s answer will appear on February 1.

Jonathan Black is director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. Every fortnight he answers your questions on personal and career development, and working life. Do you have a question for him? Email

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