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Using your degree

Whether you picked the subject you studied with a specific career in mind, or want to know where your degree could take you, we can help.

Don't worry if you're not sure what you want to do with your degree - you’re not alone. Some subjects are clearly vocational, but in the UK, over 60 per cent of graduates get jobs in which it doesn't matter what subject they studied. Employers often simply look for the range of skills you developed through studying.

Getting started

Look through our pages to find information on:

You can also contact us, talk to family and friends, surf the web or read books and newspapers to get an idea of your options and where to look for work.

Ideas and inspiration

  • AllAboutCareers - career exploration, jobs and advice.
  • Graduate Success - students from universities across the country share their stories of their transition into employment.
  • Graduate-Jobs - research job descriptions to understand what that job entails, what the essential skills are and the typical salaries.

Your options

Make use of the comprehensive degree subject list at Prospects to find out which career paths are directly related to what you studied. You can also investigate other professions where the skills you’ve learnt could help you.

Jobs, skills and more

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frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.


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Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.