What career should you choose?Posted: 23rd of March 2015 by
When you are thinking about the future and what career you would like – what’s the most important thing to consider? Is it what you are good at (do you even know yet?), Is it what you think would be a glamorous great job to do? Is it what will pay the most? Or other factors, like the career that will allow you to travel or rub shoulders with the rich and famous?
Should you study full time for a degree?
For some of you – going to university full time to study for a degree is always going to appeal; the chance to move away from home, fend for yourself, budget and motivate yourself as well as get stuck into academic work at a higher level.
The good news is that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have published figures showing that 87.3% of young graduates are employed last year, compared with 62.1% of non-graduates. However, in 2013 nearly half of the 12 million graduates that were in employment were working in non-graduate career roles. What does all this mean?...
Will getting a degree mean that you work in the field you’ve studied in?
The short answer is no – studying for a full time degree at university will not guarantee that you end up working in a career that matches your field of study, and paying out for tuition fees as well as the costs of living (not to mention the 3 years of your life spent studying) can seem an awful waste if you end up working in a job that has nothing to do with what you studied or doesn’t require a degree at all.
Getting a job
An awful lot depends on how many jobs are out there, as you may find yourself competing with hundreds of other candidates for a job. This doesn’t just affect the degree choices you make, but all career choices – for example there is little point in setting your sights on being a hairdresser if where you want to work has only a couple of salons.
Some degrees are more likely to lead to employment that requires the skills gained at university than others, specifically STEM subjects like engineering or medicine and graduates of STEM subjects also according to official reports, STEM graduates report greater satisfaction with their studies than Arts graduates.
Check out our article on ‘Which degree subjects are most likely to leave you jobless’ for more information, or if you want to look at the other side of the coin check out this article on ‘The subjects likely to lead to employment and good pay’.
The other thing to consider is whether you actually have the right idea about the career that you have in mind. You may be expecting one thing only to find that the reality of the job is very different. This is why speaking to people who do the job is so important and also why you should try to get yourself some work experience.
When you are looking for an apprenticeship, or your first job, it’s probable that most of your attention will be focused on landing the role. ...
Applying for an apprenticeship can be a very competitive process and many organisations use video interviews as an initial screening process. Most...