There are some careers where it does not matter what degree you have. As long as you have had the drive and self-discipline to earn your degree, your choice of careers is wide and varied.
It is a common misconception that you have to have studied law at university to have a career in this field. Each year there are hundreds of graduates who take a Graduate Diploma in Law. This lets you catch up with the graduates who do have a law degree and will allow you to continue with your studies and to find a place on a law firm graduate scheme.
Some law firms see it as a good thing that your degree is in another area, as that often gives you a wider base of skills.
Teaching can be a very rewarding career. If you like working with young people and playing a very interactive role, then teaching could be for you. If your degree is not in teaching there is nothing to stop you doing a post-graduate degree in education, or enrolling on a scheme that lets you work in low-income areas. This lets you learn while you work, while still earning some money.
Supply teaching jobs are also a good way to learn more about being in charge of a classroom full of youngsters, and lets you see the varied and diverse ways that different schools are run.
You can do a degree in human resources, but in this line of work, people management skills are more important than which degree you have. You would be working within a company, helping to manage their workforce. This can include recruiting new staff, dealing with time off, such as sick periods and maternity leave, arranging training, and dealing with any complaints that arise.
Large companies in all industries have human resource departments, and although most of them like you to have a degree, they are not really concerned which subject it is in.
There are some areas in the civil service where you do not need a degree and others that you do. There are 15 different training schemes you can join, the subjects ranging from finance to diplomacy. Some are more sought after than others, and your degree, whether it be from the Open University or a Russell Group uni, could help you win a place. This is especially true if you get a high degree.
The Civil Service is often ranked in the top 5 on The Times Top 100 graduate employers and will provide you with a steady career path. You must be prepared to be flexible though, as when government’s change, quite of the rules do too.
Don’t start thinking of yourself as the next 007, as there is far more work in MI5 and MI6 than for field agents. This is a very competitive field to get into and you will have to pass lots of tests to be given a chance. They will not be concerned what subject your degree is in though, as long as you prove trustworthy and reliable you could do well in the Intelligence Service.
The problem some graduates have is they think they need to stay in the area their degree is in, and that is not the case. Although in some professions, such as medicine, it is useful, it is not set in stone that you have to follow a career path in the industry you chose to study.