What should I do after graduation?

It may sound cliché, but three to four years of studying will have seen you develop hugely as a person. Living away from home, being independent and managing yourself. It all helps you manage your life after campus.

If you’re wondering what you’ve really got out of your degree, except a piece of paper, a tonne of memories and a bit of debt, have a look and be surprised at the amount of skills you’ve gained from your studies that will be super helpful with your next step! Even if you're not sold on going straight into a career, you can check out what you can do on a year out, with options that are not only great fun, but also cv boosting!

Having second thoughts about going into a graduate job in your degree subject and not sure what else you can do? Well, first ask yourself what you are looking for, what’s a priority? - fun, prospects or money?  There are a tonne of jobs out there that you didn’t even know were options. Areas such as law, finance, management and IT can be open to graduates from all sorts of degree backgrounds.


So, what are your options?

Careers open to graduates from all degree backgrounds. While some careers do require previous study in a particular discipline - there are many jobs that simply require a 2:1 from any background. If you didn’t quite get a 2:1, don’t panic you’re not alone - here‘s how to job hunt if you get a 2:2.



  • The information technology business, surprisingly, isn’t limited to those with backgrounds in computing and programming. Organisations and technology consultancies are often recruiting those from non-technical backgrounds and other degree subjects.. Mainly for business analysts, commercial and consulting jobs. These roles essentially involve interacting between those in the more technology driven roles (e.g. software development) and the clients and/or users of the technology.



  • Management training schemes can be found across many sectors. For example in consumer goods companies, manufacturing, logistics and supply organisations, retail and also across the public sector in the civil services and health sector. All these opportunities are aimed at bright, organised graduates who want to be trained across areas of business, commercial development and supply chain management.



  • You may be surprised to hear it, but you can work in the finance and professional services sectors with an arts or humanities degree! It’s not a recommended profession if you're not comfortable and naturally apt with numbers, but if you are and have experience and enthusiasm, a job in the City (or outside the City) could be for you. The finance industries also include accountancy firms, financial services and professional services (such as audit, accountancy, advisory, consultancy, legal services and supply them to other organisations). Similarly to management training, many large employers also run finance graduate schemes.


Conversion courses open to students from all degree backgrounds

Many careers that need additional training aren’t restricted to those who studied the appropriate undergraduate course. Teaching, for example, is open to anyone. The PGCE course is a very popular postgraduate study to qualify as a teacher and has no requirements for previous degree background.

Similarly, there are many law conversion courses which can enable you to practise as a solicitor or barrister.

Quantity surveying graduate schemes are regularly open to candidates of any subject background - and during the scheme you’ll gain a conversion qualification whilst working - take a look at some firms with quantity surveying graduate schemes on Magnet.me.