#yousayTuesday: Do you think your degree subject has affected your job prospects?

Reports this week have cast doubt on how much employers judge candidates by their degree subject. So we asked you whether you thought that what you had studied at university had hindered or helped you in your job hunt.

We found that graduates tend to be worried that they have studied the wrong course and now are burdened with a useless degree, however degrees have normally provided graduates with a selection of varied skills useful in the workplace, but just needed to be looked at in the right way.

From our own research and employers that post advertise their openings with us on our site it is easy to spot a trend. For technical jobs, those such as engineering, IT and computer related positions or science based roles usually require degrees in related topics. This is to ensure competency in the role.

However, many of the roles do not require graduates to have degrees in specific topics. Less vocational degrees such as English, History or Psychology can provide skills to a multitude of fields in the graduate job market.

Graduates should think about what they learnt, but also think hard about how they learnt at university. Things like analytical skills and research skills are applicable in the graduate job market.

Our very own Ross was quoted in The Telegraph this week saying that employers tend to be more concerned with what grade a graduate has achieved, then the university they went to.

Three things to remember for utilising your degree
  • Vocational degrees are fantastic for preparing graduates for a role in the work place, however can limit options after university.
  • Traditional academic degrees can supply graduates with the skills that can be applied in the work place, but graduates will need to think of evidence and examples to back up claims.
  • Don't underestimate degree tasks. Background reading could be counted as research, understanding and comprehending information into a summary could be analysis or essays and presentations could be evidence of communication skills
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