Getting a degree is a fantastic way to enhance your ability to get a top job. Many job fields, such as medicine or law, obviously require a specific degree if you want to practice them. But what many young people don’t realise as they apply for university is the full range of exactly what jobs are out there, and what they should think about studying if they want to join that field.
If you’re preparing to enter university this autumn, it’s worth giving serious thought to what kinds of jobs might be available at the other end. You might struggle to think of exactly what kinds of jobs these common degrees lend themselves to – well, wonder no more.
Graduates of sociology can put their degree to good use in all kinds of environments – most of them non-profits. Whether in teaching, social work or local government, you can use your knowledge of populations to help others or shape social policy. You could also go into law or allied medicine, for example as a therapist – these are positions that are associated with significantly higher salaries.
Media studies is sometimes regarded as a soft choice but with increased focus on digital output in many organisations it’s actually a stronger option than it seems. A media degree can prepare you for all sorts of positions including creative, journalistic/PR and marketing fields.
Though there are a wide range of paths available, media positions are highly competitive and it’s quite common to take internships lasting months or more.
Geologists know how much their course rocks, but can they get jobs after graduation? Degree holders find they can get into energy or environmentalism as strategic or technical consultants. They may also go into construction, civil engineering, waste management or earth sciences. The starting salary for these positions can be very good indeed, so if you’re technically minded, geology may be just the subject for you.
Art historians often pursue this degree due to a personal interest more than for the job opportunities. It’s quite a competitive field of work but if you do want a relevant job you have a few different job titles to choose from, including curator, archivist, lecturer, journalist and auctioneer.
When you think of jobs specifically relating to languages, you might think of interpreters and translators. In addition to these roles however, consider that learning a foreign language opens up all kinds of opportunities around the globe.
If you study Spanish, for example, you’ll find it much easier to live and work not only in Spain but in Central and South America. For this reason, it’s not uncommon to study a language alongside another subject – one that enables you to not only live in your dream country, but doing your dream job.
Sometimes it’s not at all obvious how a certain course can help you with entering a field. But degree courses that don’t have an obvious career path to follow them are still seriously worth considering. There are many positions where all that’s required is a bachelor’s degree – of almost any kind.
That means that if you complete a degree in, for example, textiles, you shouldn’t feel that you’re shut out from all sectors that don’t make use of that specific knowledge. Employers know that completing a degree at all will call for all kinds of soft skills – including self-management, teamwork, and presentation and IT skills – and will look for graduates of a wide range of disciplines.
With all this in mind, many students’ best option can only be to do what interests them, and revisit the job market three or four years from now. What will you study? Is your degree related to your dream job? Let us know in the comments.