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Degree subjects: your career options

You may have realised that your degree isn’t particularly vocational or that, if it is, you aren’t interested in the career it leads to. You shouldn’t necessarily change courses though; there are still other options available to you. Plenty of people have taken your degree and gone on to do different things with it. We have put together a series of guides for confused graduates seeking career ideas and options. In them we outline some key skills that are gained in each degree, and what you can do with them. Don't forget to sign up to TARGETjobs for job alerts and information related to career areas that interest you.

What can I do with a biology degree?

What can I do with a biology degree?

Biology graduates would work well in any job where data handling or research skills are important. These jobs would not necessarily have to be restricted to science-based employers.

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What can I do with a chemistry degree?

What can I do with a chemistry degree?

Chemistry students tend to have a busier schedule than many other students. This means they need good timekeeping skills, which can make them highly employable.

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What can I do with a design degree?

What can I do with a design degree?

If you’ve just graduated, or are still studying for your degree in design, you may be wondering just what kind of jobs you will end up with. If this is the case, then this guide is for you.

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What can I do with a geography degree?

What can I do with a geography degree?

Geography graduates tend to be fairly open-minded and interested in the world around them. Like many social science courses, geography tends to attract balanced, sociable individuals.

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What can I do with a history degree?

What can I do with a history degree?

History students are naturally suited to careers as museum or art gallery curators, or in academia. Their analytical and communication skills should also be useful in business and law.

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What can I do with a mathematics degree?

What can I do with a mathematics degree?

Employers see maths students as logical, numerate and committed. They are particularly sought after in the finance sector, as well as in areas such as logistics, retail and consumer products.

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What can I do with a modern languages degree?

What can I do with a modern languages degree?

Many language students simply aren’t aware of the jobs they could do. Their linguistic abilities can sometimes be a barrier to identifying their other skills.

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What can I do with a philosophy degree?

What can I do with a philosophy degree?

Philosophy graduates are naturally suited to careers in research or politics. They may also seek jobs in charity work or publishing, or decide to train as lawyers.

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What can I do with a physics degree?

What can I do with a physics degree?

Physics students are trained to analyse evidence and handle equations. This way of thinking can be applied to many job roles, giving them the option of working in a range of industries.

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What can I do with a politics degree?

What can I do with a politics degree?

If you’ve come to the end of your politics degree and have decided that you don’t want a graduate job in politics, there are many other career paths you could take.

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What can I do with a psychology degree?

What can I do with a psychology degree?

Psychology graduates who want to practise as psychologists are likely to need to go on to further study. However, they also have plenty of other career options.

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What can I do with a sociology degree?

What can I do with a sociology degree?

Sociology is a relatively new subject and has had a hard time establishing its reputation. However, the sociology graduate has specialist skills which will be of use in the graduate careers market.

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What can I do with an engineering degree?

What can I do with an engineering degree?

If you’re close to finishing your engineering degree, and have no idea what kind of graduate job to look for, we might just have the answers for you.

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What can I do with an English degree?

What can I do with an English degree?

English students have a lot to offer prospective employers, with more experience working in an inter-disciplinary capacity than colleagues from some other degree backgrounds.

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What can I do with an IT degree?

What can I do with an IT degree?

IT graduates are often very happy to try new things, an attitude which is popular with employers. Willingness to respond to new developments can be just as valuable as technical knowledge.

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What else can I do with a business studies or economics degree?

What else can I do with a business studies or economics degree?

What if you’re a business studies student or graduate and you’re not sure that you want to pursue a career in business? This overview of your options should help you find a way forward.

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What else can I do with a law degree?

What else can I do with a law degree?

If you’re a law student or graduate and you’re having second thoughts about whether you want to work as a solicitor or barrister there are plenty of career paths open to you.

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What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

What else can I do with a medicine or nursing degree?

Medicine and nursing are very different degrees, leading to distinct professions. Nonetheless, they involve many of the same transferable skills.

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What else can I do with an architecture degree?

What else can I do with an architecture degree?

Architecture students have the skills to do well in careers that require mathematical precision, such as finance, accounting and computer programming.

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What else can I do with an education or teaching degree?

What else can I do with an education or teaching degree?

If you’ve realised that a career working with children in schools isn’t for you, this guide will help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

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