Generating career ideas based on your degree subject
Your degree can be a great starting point for generating career ideas and exploring related career options. There are job types where your degree subject could be an advantage, linked mostly with the types of skills you have developed and/or the subject knowledge you have gained. Whilst some job types will require a specific degree (such as Medicine, Law in Scotland or Engineering), it is important to remember that many career areas do not specify a particular subject requirement. As an example, some graduate trainee roles in professions such as accountancy and finance, marketing or HR encourage applicants from any degree subject.
If you are thinking of changing your degree, use the link below to explore possible career options linked to subjects offered at the University of Aberdeen. The TARGETjobs website also has useful advice on the steps you should take when considering changing or leaving your course. You are welcome to discuss your options with a Careers Adviser, but you should first contact Infohub regarding your study alternatives.
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Identifying what is important to you in your career choice
Many changing variables such as your personal situation, interests or the current employment market can have an impact on your career choices. Key factors in making informed career decisions include:
- skills/attributes: your personal strengths and weaknesses
- abilities: which can be assessed via psychometric ability tests such as verbal, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning
- values, motivation and personality: find out about free online tests below
- practical aspects: for example, location or personal commitments, such as family
Understanding who you are and what is important to you will enable you to filter the wide range of career opportunities available and can help you identify what you are looking for in your career. There are a number of free career choice tools that you can use to find out what job types usually suit someone with your skills, values and personality. The link below will take you to a list of career choice tools that we recommend. You can also use these tools to research the job types further and as a basis for a discussion with a Careers Adviser.