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What else can you do with your degree?

It’s a massively google-searched question – “What else can I do with my degree?”

Most people have a good idea of what they want to do before they even go to university and see their chosen degree as the best way to get there. But sometimes that just isn’t the case. From lack of positions to lack of experience, there can be a variety of reasons the position you dream of is just out of reach.

So what else can you do?

With a little bit of creative thinking, you can apply the range of skills you’ve learnt during your time at university to a variety of jobs you’ve never even considered before.

Whether it gets you further on the path to your ideal career or completely changes your mind about what you want to do, looking at alternatives is a great way to get started.

There are a lot of jobs that all graduates can do

It doesn’t matter what subject your degree is in, the fact that you have one proves that you are intelligent, determined and ready to learn – all positive to potential employers.
Almost half positions advertised on TotalJobs are looking for a 2:1 graduate – without mentioning a subject.

Just a few of the employment areas that want none specific 2:1 graduates are…

• Management
• IT
• Finance

All of these roles require smart, organised people with a drive to succeed. The training schemes that these positions provide covers the technical knowledge that graduates may not know about and moulds candidates into the employee they need.

Obviously, certain businesses/sectors will require a bit of knowledge within their field (you can’t get onto the finance track if you’re useless with numbers) but as long as you’re willing to learn then employers are willing to hire!

Look at conversion courses?

You could also look into doing a conversion course. Typically used in law (Graduate Diploma in Law) and teaching (PGCE), these shorter courses are used by graduates who are looking for a change in career.

Conversion courses are usually vocational and are provided by a professional body within the subject.

Instead of applying via UCAS, you apply for a conversion course directly to the institution providing it. Converting does come with a price. Prices are set individually by the institutions and, for this reason, the price can vary greatly.

But despite the cost, a conversion course shows our determination to change fields and will definitely hold some worth with future employers.

If you’re still struggling with degree specific jobs, stick around for our upcoming series “What else can you do with your degree: Subjects”