7 Awesome Careers You can get with any Degree
Realized your degree subject isn’t for you after all? Don’t sweat it – there are heaps of interesting career options you can pursue, regardless of what you studied.
You might think you’re alone in not having a clue what you want to do after graduation, or in deciding your degree subject isn’t what you want to do after all.
But don’t worry – this is the reality for thousands of students every year, and it’s totally normal. In fact, research shows people have an average of 11.7 different jobs between the ages of 18 and 48.
In fact, there are loads of career paths that uni can’t directly prepare you for. Although employers in these fields may look for a degree, they don’t care what you’ve studied – as long as you have the skills, attitude, and extracurricular activities that complement the job. Here are just a few of the great careers you’re already setting yourself up nicely for, just by having a degree!
Graduate jobs you can get with any degree
Without further ado, here are the best industries you can work in with any undergraduate degree:
Good choice if you’re: creative, organized, and good at thinking outside the box.
Advertising starting salary: around £19,000 – £24,000. A career in the advertising industry can take you in a multitude of different directions, and you definitely don’t need a degree in Media or Communications to get a foot in the door. Ad agencies look for creativity in candidates, as well as being able to think outside of the box and communicate ideas effectively. Getting into the advertising industry could see you working in a variety of roles from a graduate level.
For example, you could take on an Account Executive role, where you’ll be in charge of communicating with clients and keeping them up to date. Or you could be a Junior Producer, taking charge of organizing and facilitating campaigns and shoots. Degree grades don’t always matter massively to ad agencies, either. They’re more interested in being able to see that you’re interested in advertising, have good brand awareness, and can think creatively. Be aware that an agency may initially offer you a position as a runner if they feel your CV isn’t quite there yet, and these positions pay considerably less than the starting salary mentioned above.
2. Intelligence Services
Good choice if you’re: good with interpersonal skills, emotionally intelligent, and confident of your own judgment.
Intelligence Services starting salary: around £33,350+.Ever thought you could be up to the task of protecting the country against threats to national security? The subject you study isn’t particularly important when trying to land yourself a job with MI5 or MI6. But, as the name suggests, you will be expected to demonstrate a high level of intelligence and a large slice of honesty and integrity. For MI6, you’ll need a 2:1 or above in your subject, but you can apply for MI5 if you get a 2:2. The best part is that both MI5 and MI6 are screaming out for young graduates to apply to their Development Programme – find out more details here.
3. PR and Marketing
Good choice if you’re: a clear communicator, enjoy problem-solving, and love to socialize/network.
PR and Marketing starting salary: around £18,000 – £24,000. You could be mistaken for thinking you’d need a degree in Media, Communications, or Marketing to do this job, but this definitely isn’t the case. In practice, you’ll find that few people who work in PR and Marketing have academic backgrounds in those subjects. The most important skill to have in PR and Marketing is good communication, so if you enjoy writing and find it easy to talk with confidence to people you don’t know, this could be a great option for you – regardless of what you studied.
4. Civil Service
Good choice if you’re: politically engaged, adaptable, and enjoy new challenges.
Civil Service starting salary: around £27,000. The Civil Service Fast Stream is an accelerated leadership development program for graduates wanting to work in various government departments and services. The great thing is that this grad scheme can take you down 15 different career paths, as there are many different roles to choose from (including everything from Human Resources to Diplomacy!).
The Civil Service is a great option for people who enjoy variety – as allocated spending constantly changes, you might find you’ll be expected to switch departments entirely at a drop of a hat (from the Health to the Education Department, for example).All you need is a 2:2 to get on to the Fast Stream programme, then you’ll take various tests along the application process. It also doesn’t matter how old you are or how long ago you graduated – as long as you have a degree, you can apply.
Good choice if you’re: a clear communicator, have an empathetic character and are confident in speaking publicly.
Teacher starting salary: around £25,714 – £32,157 (depending on where you’re based). Understandably, the idea of being back in the classroom when you’ve spent most of your life there can sound like the worst idea ever, but it’s a rewarding, challenging, and fun career – and if that doesn’t convince you, we’re sure the six weeks paid summer holidays will! Teach First is a decent way into teaching if you think you could be interested but aren’t ready to commit to doing another stint of postgraduate training at uni.
6. Human Resources
Good choice if you’re: a self-starter who is a good communicator and is excellent at multi-tasking.
HR starting salary: around £18,000 – £23,000. While you can study Human Resources at uni, loads of graduates who end up taking this path have never studied the subject before. Above all, companies are looking to hire people in HR who have experience managing people. If you’ve been promoted to a leadership position in your part-time job, that’s a big indicator that you’re good at this stuff! Similarly, you’ll need to be a great communicator and be comfortable being the middle man between senior staff and the rest of a company. A degree of emotional intelligence is important too, as you may need to break the news of contract terminations and deal with staff complaints.
Good choice if you’re: a serious self-starter who has good initiative and solid numeracy skills.
Accountant starting salary: around £25,000 – £30,000. As one of the highest-earning opportunities in the job market (while the average salary might not bowl you over, you’ll start earning a lot more pretty quickly), you’re probably surprised to see this one on the list. However, as crazy as this might seem, the ‘big four’ accountancy firms (Deloitte, EY, PwC, and KPMG) are quite clear about the fact that they don’t care which subject you studied (some of them don’t care if you got below a 2:1, either!).