Exploring types of jobs
There are many more options open to you than you may have imagined:
Over two thirds of advertised graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline because employers value the generic higher-level skills you gain from your experience at university: analytical and critical thinking, research methods, team working, planning/organising, managing projects, presentation skills etc – the right mind-set.
Working through the Employability Award and using our information resources, advice and guidance services can help you to:-
- Analyse your interests, skills and personal qualities
- Reflect on your work values
- Identify your preferred working style
- Research types of jobs.
Here are some starting points to help you research career options:-
Graduate Prospects - a key website for graduate careers information and advice:
- What can I do with my degree?: A guide to possible job options with your subject, the kinds of skills you will have developed, potential employers, further study options and UK-wide career destinations of recent graduates from your degree discipline. Click here for more information on using your degree. (Note to self – not to be translated: Link to web page on destinations.)
- Job profiles: These offer in-depth information on a wide range of graduate job types and advice on how to get into them.
- Prospects Career Planner: A good starting point because it is designed specifically for Higher Education students. It enables you to build a profile analysing what you want from a job, your skills and what motivates you; then it matches your personal profile with the job profiles database to generate career ideas for you to explore further.
TARGETjobs is another important site for Higher Education students and graduates.
Inside Careers covers the following career areas: banking and investments, chartered accountancy, tax, actuarial work, insurance and pensions, management consultancy and patent attorneys.
TotalProfessions.com brings together information that Professional Bodies provide on professional careers, routes of entry, internships, graduate schemes and professional qualifications as well as available funding to gain qualifications.
The JobCrowd offers reviews of many different jobs written by employees at top companies. Short of doing a job yourself, this is a great way to find out what's really involved on a day to day basis.
Graduate career destinations
Swansea graduates’ success stories: Swansea graduates have gone on to follow all kinds of inspiring careers, and you can read about them on the web pages of Swansea University’s alumni network. Their stories show the wide range of careers open to our graduates, including setting up your own business.
What do graduates do? The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) produces UK-wide reports on the career destinations of first degree graduates six months after graduation, based on findings from the Higher Education Statistics Unit’s (HESA) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE). The reports show how many graduates are in employment, the types of job roles they go, how many go on to further study and regional key data. Download the latest version here.
What do researchers do? The Vitae website publishes information on destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates and how they contribute to society, culture and the economy.