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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?

Biology graduates are well placed to succeed 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?

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?

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?

Geography graduates tend to be 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

You might be interested in a career in central or local government, the Civil Service or charity work after finishing your politics degree, but there are also plenty of other careers open to you, including law and business.

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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?

Sociology graduates have a range of skills that are in demand, including communication and information gathering and analysis – but they need to know how to sell their strengths to employers.

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What can I do with an engineering degree?

Whether you want to find work as an engineer or explore alternative careers such as IT, here's an overview of the options open to you and the key skills you've gained from your degree.

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What can I do with an English degree?

English students have a lot to offer prospective employers, including well-developed communication skills, the ability to work independently, flexibility and adaptability.

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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 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?

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?

Medicine and nursing degrees involve many of the same transferable skills and give graduates specialist knowledge that can be an advantage in other careers.

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What else can I do with an architecture degree?

Architecture students have problem solving, technical and project management skills that will enable them to succeed in property, construction and a range of other careers.

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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, you could consider museum education, training or tutoring, or use your communication skills in another area.

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