Do you find yourself asking “What job can I do?” and realise that the age old question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is not something that improves over time, like a fine wine or good cheese. The question that was so simple as a kid… ‘firefighter’, ‘doctor’, ‘astronaut’, ‘rich’… has since evolved into quite literally, “What can I do with my degree?”.
Putting it simply, there are two type of degrees. The ones with a definitive career path (Vet, Astrophysicist, Doctor, etc.) and answer to “What job can I do?”. And the broader ones that leave you with plenty of options after graduation and slightly less of an inkling which direction you should or shouldn’t go! If you are studying a broad degree like History, Geography, Psychology, Philosophy, English, etc. then yeah it’s understandable that you might have sod all clue for “what can I do with my degree?”.
What job can I do with any degree?
‘Any Degree Will Do’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber – the remix.
- Accountancy – You will need to have a proven ability with numbers and good grades at both school and uni level. Some employers might prefer different unis – but that’s just plain favouritism.
- Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing – Some times employers might prefer a relevant degree, or at least courses that allow for a basic understanding.
- Human Resources – Open to everyone, but a relevant degree never hurts and employers might prefer it in some cases. Relevant degrees include business studies and psychology.
- Retail Banking, Insurance and Actuarial – Some insurance jobs might not be open to all, so watch out. You will definitely a degree that had a load of maths involved to become an actuary.
- Sales – Open to all, you might need a specific degree background if you wish to sell a specific product – like pharmaceutical sales reps – to prove that you understand it.
- Supply Chain and Logistics – Some employers might require a degree in engineering, supply-chain management or logistics depending on the role.
Most employers might consider lower grades, but for the following you will need to have a minimum 2.1 degree to be considered and hired!
- Investment Banking and Investment Management – Number orientated degrees are a strong advantage.
- Management Consulting – They looking for the best of the best! With great grades from a high ranking university and superb extracurricular activities on your CV.
Any degree and an extra add on!
You have to do a little extra for these roles, like a conversion course or a specialised postgraduate degree, but they are still open for any degree background!
- Construction – Graduates without a construction degree will need a conversion course for the technical roles.
- Hospitality and Travel Management – Employers are normally focused on a fair amount of relevant work experience and/or a second language. Think about learning a new language, it will strengthen your position!
- IT – Contrary to popular belief, you can be in IT even without studying computer science. Employers might accept mathematically oriented degrees and some even a postgraduate conversion course! And some accept graduates with none of the above!
- Law – You can be a lawyer, you just need a one-year conversion course, and essential postgraduate qualifications. High results, minimum of 2.1, in both degree and conversion course will definitely help.
- Property – Requires a conversion course for all non-property graduates.
- Publishing and Media – Want to be a journalist? Then you will need to take a relevant postgraduate course if you didn’t study journalism.
- Teaching – Smarter to pick a degree in the subject that you wish to teach. Before you begin you will be required to have a postgraduate teacher training qualification and might have to take some literacy and numeracy tests.
Now that you might have a better answer to “What job can I do?”, even if you still haven’t, check out Magnet.me to see which jobs and employers you match with based on your degree… and more.