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Why Your Degree Doesn’t Have To Limit Your Future

Are you currently studying a subject you’ve lost interest in? Or are you considering your career choices and wondering how your degree will contribute? Maybe it’s a subject that you think is irrelevant to your career and you need help on how to tailor it towards the job you want to apply for. If this is the case, here are some tips to help you enter your chosen sector of choice.

Work experience

As much as you are probably used to being told to seek internships and work experience, it is so important! Particularly if you are wanting to pursue a career in which your degree does not relate. If you fear potential employers will reject your CV due to unrelated experience, it is essential you attempt to gain that valuable experience. Whether it is through an internship, or even just shadowing someone, it will give your CV an extra boost. Not only this, but it will also help you gain a better understanding of whether or not the job is right for you. You might complete a month of work experience and absolutely love it and never want to leave! If you leave a good lasting impression, your employer may consider keeping you on or hiring you in the future, when a full-time position opens up.

Do your research

Understand what your chosen career involves and what skills and experience you will need. To do this you can research current junior roles and read the job description. This will give you an idea of the job requirements and what you will need to be successful in landing the job. Grasping a greater understanding of the industry as a whole is essential in knowing what to expect from the job role and how you can progress within the sector. If you are unsure on which career route you are going to take, weigh up your options and consider which is best suited for you. Take our career finder quiz to determine which digital area is right for you.

Learn new skills

When you’re searching for a job you can utilise your spare time by learning key skills that are essential for your desired job role. Whether you are looking for a job in IT or Marketing there are additional skills you could be learning to help you advance professionally. Taking the time to develop your skills, will mean additional elements to your CV. But it will also demonstrate to potential employers your interest within the area and show your commitment.

Network

Do you currently know anyone with a job in the sector you wish to pursue a career in? It may be worth your while contacting them and asking for some advice and guidance. Ask them questions such as, how did they secure their position and what would they recommend you do as someone with little experience. A great way to do this is through LinkedIn, connect with old classmates, lecturers and don’t be afraid to message them privately. You have nothing to lose by putting yourself out there.

Current trends

Staying up to date with trends in your chosen sector of work is a must. For example, if you are considering a career in digital marketing having an understanding of effective and innovative campaign strategies will help you understand the industry as a whole better. It will also expose you to the sector key terms and jargon, which will make interviewers much easier!

Transferable skills

Remember that what you have learnt from your degree also provides you with some basic transferable skills, which you should highlight on your CV. If you are struggling to do this check out this blog post to help you transfer your skills. Not only do you gain these skills during your degree but they are also usually obtained through any part-time work you have undertaken. Part-time jobs provide you with skills in, teamwork, communication and the ability to work well under pressure.

 

Overall… If you take on board these tips and really demonstrate your interest in the area, you will have no issue pursuing a career unrelated to your degree subject.

One Comment

  1. Niladri Sekhar Pal

    This a is nice content . The information mentioned in the content are very effective for the job seekers and also for the newly graduate students.

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