You’ve finished your degree, congratulations! Now you find yourself thinking, and friends and family asking, ‘what’s next?’
After 3 years (or maybe more) of hard studying, you’re starting to think about stepping into the “real” world, the working world, but not all degree subjects point to an obvious career choice. Unsurprisingly, not all philosophy graduates go on to become professional philosophers and a music degree doesn’t always lead to becoming a worldwide superstar. Maybe you’re simply not interested in building your career in your degree subject area. The question remains the same, ‘what’s next?’
Before you start enrolling on another degree course at a more prestigious university or apply for a master’s simply because you don’t know what else to do, consider the facts:
There’s hope of a successful career away from your choice of degree and university after all. Think about it from an employer’s perspective; it’s more important that you’ve done something rather than where you’ve done it.
Whilst studying for your degree, regardless of the subject, there’s plenty of transferable skills you will have gained and developed. Here are a few examples:
So if you don’t want to forge a career in the area that you studied in, think carefully about what you’d really like to do and how the skills gained during your degree can work for you in that environment. Remember, when it comes to picking your degree subject pick something you enjoy and then work hard for your degree. But you don’t have to let your choice of university or the subject you study define your career. Think about all the skills you have gained through completing your degree because it is these that will open doors for you and hopefully lead you into that dream job.