Student Career Options

Student Career Options

Student Career Options

Don’t restrict your career options as a student/graduate – you may not know about all the available options

Some people go into their final year at university with a definite idea about what career they want to do. Others go further and choose degree subjects, usually at age 18, with a particular career in mind.

However, please consider that there are literally thousands of different jobs out there, and that you can’t possibly be aware of all of these. If you are a student, or a recent graduate, think of people you know who are in work, and ask them what they do – you will get a massive range of answers.

To illustrate this, on one particular day in early August 2017, the following roles were amongst those advertised on this website:

  • Risk Manager
  • Collections Specialist
  • Group Reporting Manager
  • Compliance Manager

Realistically, how many final year students and recent graduates understand what these roles involve, and whether they might be suited to the role?

The jobs people tend to think they know are often the major professions: doctor, lawyer, accountant etc. Even so, do you really know exactly what these jobs involve? On the same day, this website had vacancies for many different types of accountant, from Management Accountant to Systems Accountant, Tax Accountant, Fund Accountant and more.

If you are considering a particular career, find out as much as you can about what it involves. Talk to your university careers adviser, to a recruitment consultant and to anyone you know in that line of work. Try searching the internet to find any additional information as to what a typical day in a particular job involves.

Any work experience / work shadowing you can do to help you understand exactly what a job entails can only help in this respect.

A few jobs demand that you studied a particular subject, for example you can’t become a doctor without a medical degree, or a dentist without a dentistry degree. However, many professional occupations will consider candidates from almost any academic background. In accountancy and financial services the usual procedure is for companies to hire trainees and then pay for them to gain the necessary professional qualifications whilst in employment.

For example, you might think that a career in tax with a Big Four accountancy firm might require a degree in mathematics, business or economics. However, the Tax graduate recruitment pages of PwC state that they are simply looking for candidates who are ‘on course for a 2:1 in any discipline’.

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