What job can I get with my degree?

Jun 7, 2020

So you’ve finished your degree, graduated, and now it’s time to get a job.

You certainly want to get a graduate-level job, but you have no idea what career path is right for you.

If you are in this predicament, don’t panic! Graduate Coach is here to help you!

In this post, we will outline what jobs you can get with your degree, regardless of what you studied at university.

Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree subject

Yes, you read that right. Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree.

In fact, recruiters hire graduates from a broad range of degree disciplines to introduce more diversity in their workforce.

It is a little known fact that graduate jobs can be divided into three typologies:

  • Specialists
  • Knowledge architects
  • Communicators

Specialists are hired for their specific knowledge and expertise in a particular area.

Some examples include computer scientists, pharmacists and doctors.

Only around 10% of graduates fall into this category. These specialist graduate roles require a specific degree.

The remaining 90% of graduate jobs do not require a particular degree subject.

Knowledge architects are hired for their ability to analyse information and derive insights from them.

Examples of knowledge architects include graduate roles in consulting, accounting and finance or banking.

Communicators are hired for their ability to build and maintain viable relationships with clients and internal teams.

Examples of communicator graduate jobs include sales, marketing and PR.

types of graduate jobs
Read more about graduate job typologies in The Student Book, by Chris Davies

If you aren’t a specialist who wants to pursue a career based on your degree subject, there’s a lot of options available to you.

Think of your degree as an entry pass to the graduate job market

Now that you have your degree, the graduate job market will open up for you.

Most graduate jobs and graduate schemes ask for a minimum of a 2:1 degree in any subject.

The academic requirements will vary across companies. So do not despair if you achieved a 2:2.

However, simply having a degree does not guarantee you a graduate job. The graduate market is incredibly competitive.

It’s a sobering statistic, but only 52% of graduates get a graduate-level job. The rest become underemployed and work in jobs that did not require a degree.

To put it bluntly, your academics alone, will not impress graduate recruiters.

Graduate recruiters are looking for workplace-ready graduates who can demonstrate their employability skills.

This is why getting a Masters degree straight after your bachelors won’t necessarily help you to get a job.

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To summarise the points above, most graduate jobs do not specify a specific degree. Once you meet the minimum academic requirements, your personality and skills will outweigh your academics.

So without further ado, here are some graduate jobs you can get with any degree.

#1: Law

It is a common misconception that you need to have studied an LLB in Law in order to get a career in the legal field.

This could not be further from the truth with many city law firms hiring 50% non-law graduates.

legal recruiters hire graduates from all degree disciplines.

If for example, you wish to become a solicitor at a city law firm, the company will pay for you to take a conversion course and to get the required legal practise to qualify as a solicitor.

Some examples of law firms that recruit graduates with law and non-law degrees include: Linklaters, Weil, Clifford Chance, Reed Smith and many more.

Resources for launching a graduate career in law:

Law careers net

#2: Consulting

If you have an aptitude for analysis and are commercially aware, a career in consulting might be for you.

Like law, consulting is very competitive to get into. Once you tick the academic box, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate a broad skill set. Graduate recruiters in consulting look for very specific skills and aptitudes in graduates.

Consulting firms that hire graduates include, PwC, Bain, McKinsey, Accenture, EY, Deloitte, BCG, KPMG, IBM and more.

Resources for launching a graduate career in consulting:

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#3: Human Resources (HR)

You don’t need a degree in HR to get a job in this area. In a HR role, you will help to manage the workforce. This may involve recruitment, training staff, reviewing salary and more.

All large companies across all industries will have a HR department. Network Rail, Shell, Ford, Virgin media are all examples of companies that hire graduates for HR roles.

Many employers help the graduates on their HR graduate schemes to gain a CIPD-approved postgraduate qualification.

Resources for launching your graduate career in HR:

#4: Civil Service

The Civil Service Fast Stream is an award-winning leadership development programme. It develops people from a wide range of backgrounds who have the potential to be future leaders.

The Civil Service Faststream offers 15 different programmes for graduates.

They specifically state on their website:

“Regardless of the degree subject you studied, there’s a scheme for you”.

Civil Service Faststream

Most of the fast stream programmes have a minimum of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree in any subject.

The Fast stream offers a competitive starting salary starting from £27,000 – £28,000. This rises to £45,000 to £55,000 upon completion.

Some of the streams include commercial, digital data and technology, Human resources, Finance and more.

The application process for the Fast Stream involves completing online tests, a video interview, an assessment centre and a final selection board.

Further resources on The Civil Service Fast Stream:

#5: Accounting

You do not need a degree in accounting to become an Accountant.

The Big four accounting firms don’t ask for a specific degree subject. Some do not even ask for a minimum of a 2:1.

They are much more concerned with your skills and potential. They are willing to invest in high calibre candidates and support them by gaining the necessary qualifications to become a professional in the field.

Resources for starting a graduate career in accounting

#6: Investment Banking

Investment banking is all about buying, selling, dividing and combining companies or entities.

Investment banks can be divided into three categories, front, middle and back-office. Roles within the front office include traders, strategists, sales, analysts.

Roles within the back and middle office include legal and compliance, HR, Technology and risk management.

A career in investment banking is not just for finance, economics and maths graduates.

Investment banking is another field that is open for graduates from all degree disciplines.

Leading graduate recruiters in Investment Banking include Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, HSBC, Nomura and more.

Resources for getting a graduate job in investment banking:


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#7: Working for a charity

If you are a socially-conscious graduate, who wants to make a real difference, there are opportunities in the third sector.

The larger charitable organisations are more likely to offer graduate jobs to graduates with any degree.

Some examples include:

#8: Technology

Some jobs in technology are for specialists who have studied a degree in a STEM subject.

However, if you did not study a STEM-related degree such as computer science, but have a passion for technology, there are opportunities for you.

If you fall into the communicator or knowledge architect graduate job typologies your skills will be valued in the tech field.

Tech companies and consulting firms need people who can relay technical concepts to client and internal teams effectively.

Capgemini divides their technical graduate jobs into three categories:

  • Technical roles – for those with a technical background
  • Technology consulting roles – for those who are tech enthusiasts who want to work with technology, but not build the technology
  • Business/ consulting roles– for those wanting to work in the tech sector but in a client-facing or operations role.

As you can see, only one of the three categories requires a tech-related degree. Anyone with a degree in any other subject can get a job in technology consulting roles.

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#9: Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing is another field that attracts graduates with a degree in any subject.

If you are a graduate who is both analytical and creative, a career in Digital marketing might be for you.

You may decide to specialise in a specific area of Digital Marketing such as PPC, SEO, Programmatic Display, Social Media or digital PR.

Here at Graduate Coach, we have helped several graduates to launch successful careers in Digital Marketing!

Resources for starting a graduate career in Digital Marketing

#10: Working at a start-up

Perhaps working at a large corporate isn’t for you. Maybe you would prefer to be a big fish in a small pond.

If so, you might want to consider working at a start-up.

One of the best solutions, when you don’t know what job to get with your degree, is to gain broad experience.

Working at a start-up will often allow you to “wear many hats” or in other words try out many roles.

Many start-ups and smaller companies will gladly take on entrepreneurial graduates with degrees in any subject.

If you are interested in getting a job at a start-up company, you’ll need to do lots of research. This is because opportunities at start-ups will be less advertised.

Resources for graduates looking to get a graduate job at a start-up

#11: Teaching

Have you considered becoming a teacher?

If you are considering becoming a teacher at a UK state school, you’ll need to have a degree and a recognised teaching qualification.

Teaching might be a good option for you if you are really passionate about the subject that you studied at university. You’ll be able to use your passion to inspire the next generation.

Resources for graduates considering a career in teaching:

#12: Policing

Police officers work with their community to maintain law and order and to protect members of the public.

It is a challenging career path for graduates from any degree subject.

Police now offers two graduate training programmes, the national detective programme and the national graduate leadership programme.

Resources for graduates who are thinking of becoming a police officer:

What job can I get with my degree: Summary

Thanks for taking the time to read our post! We hope it has given you some ideas on what job you can get with your degree.

Graduate employers are looking for much more than a degree. They are looking for high-calibre graduates who have a broad skill set and experience.

What you studied, where you studied and what grades you got doesn’t make you stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

Looking for a graduate job?

We can help you! Here at Graduate Coach, we offer interview training, one-to-one coaching, online courses, books and workshops.

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