Students who are planning to go to university must think carefully about what they choose to study. They will want to embrace all that university life has to offer, but also need to consider their options for employment after they graduate. It is an unfortunate fact that some degrees are relatively useless in terms of attracting good job opportunities. It can be a waste of three or four years if your studies are not valued by prospective employers. However, every student wants to study a subject they are interested in. Choosing engineering, for instance, if you are interested in art, will usually result in dropping out or an inferior degree. However, the good news is that there are a range of degree courses which give graduates a great chance of securing a good, and well paid, job. The following outlines the top 10 most employable degrees.
This includes students who wish to be surgeons, consultants, dentists, vets and general practitioners. In order to study medicine, you will usually require A-levels in English, chemistry and biology. The total training for specific skills such as surgery can take up to eight years. There will be periods spent on work experience at hospitals etc. Apart from academic qualifications, it is useful if you have any previous paid or voluntary experience at hospitals, residential homes etc. If you have the drive to negotiate the stages of qualifying as a medical professional, you will have the opportunity to obtain a highly-paid and satisfying job.
This sounds generic, but opportunities in accountancy, marketing, international business and business administration are available for graduates. This versatile degree opens up a variety of opportunities in the corporate world. Students should have good A-level grades in English and Maths.
3. Computer Science
Just because you love video games and the internet, do not assume computer science studies are for you. These degrees require a good depth of knowledge and understanding of mathematics. Occupations open to computer science graduates include software development and engineering, website design and network specialists.
A mathematics degree is one of the most practical and useful of all general science degrees. Having a strong mathematics background will offer opportunities for occupations such as actuarial science, business, education and even law enforcement. The degree course will develop students’ analytical skills which will hold them in good stead for future
Engineering is a complex degree and students should be naturally technically minded. However, the employment opportunities are many and varied, including architecture, environment science, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
The legal industry is one of the most prestigious and prosperous in the UK. A basic law degree will include studying public, European, procedural, criminal and property law. Graduates then will decide their specialism, such as company or criminal law. At least two good A-level passes are required for entry.
This is a degree which would-be teachers and lecturers require. The country always needs people to educate children in schools and enthusiastic older people in colleges. Many teachers have left the industry in recent times, often due to the bureaucratic requirements
and a breakdown in student behavior. However, if this is your vocation, it can be a rewarding and worthwhile occupation.
8. Hospitality/Tourism Management
This is a useful degree as it covers occupations such as hotel and restaurant management and the leisure industry in general. Travel and tourism generates billions of pounds every year. You will gain excellent inter-personal skills and marketing expertise. Many of these courses offer an extensive period of work experience. It is useful to gain prior experience by working in bars, restaurants etc.
Psychology is the study of human nature and behavior and this degree allows access to a wide range of interesting job opportunities, including social work, research, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Many other occupations lend themselves to graduates who study psychology, such as human resources.
10. Modern languages
Almost all businesses trade and deal with people from all parts of the world nowadays. Therefore, modern languages are becoming more and more useful. In addition to the standard French, German and Spanish, other languages such as Chinese, Portuguese and Russian are increasingly useful, Job opportunities for students with modern languages expertise include government and public service, educational and administrative fields.
There are many other degrees on offer which can lead to great job opportunities in a variety of industries.