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1/5/18: The Lawyer Portal Aspire 2018 Event

The Lawyer Portal have announced details of their forthcoming event in Manchester aimed at those seeking to pursue a career in Law. The Manchester event takes place on Saturday 16th June and tickets are free but must be booked in advance. More details are available here.

23/3/18: Medical Application Seminars

Details of upcoming seminars on applications to Medicine courses are available here.

 

The top UK retail companies to work for in 2017/18.

The top five UK Apprenticeships 2017

For up to the minute info and guidance on jobs, interviews, gap year choices, apprenticeships and degrees.

 

This article from 'Which University' will tell you some things you might not have known about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. 

 

The following articles are from 'Target Careers' material:

Alternatives to university and what they involve

For some students undertaking a degree at university may not be the most suitable route for the career they would like to achieve in the future. In day 4 of National Careers Week we take a look at alternatives to university what these involve.

What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships involve gaining a university degree while you work. This is usually a bachelors degree (a level 6 qualification), though in a few cases you will get a masters degree (a level 7 qualification). It’s a great way to get a degree and extensive workplace experience while avoiding university debt, though on the flip side the course will be chosen by the employer and participants will need to balance work and study.

What are higher apprenticeships?

Higher apprenticeships are similar to degree apprenticeships, though the qualifications you work towards are usually a little below bachelors degree level. For example, you might gain a level 4 qualification such as an HNC or an NVQ level 4, or a level 5 qualification such as an HND or foundation degree.

What are graduate apprenticeships? 


Graduate apprenticeships are run in Scotland and are similar to degree apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships. They combine paid work with university study and can lead to qualifications ranging from an HND to a masters degree, depending on the particular programme.

What are sponsored degrees?

There are two types of sponsored degree. One is effectively just a different, older name for a degree apprenticeship – that is, a programme on which an employee will work for their employer, study for a degree part-time and have their tuition fees paid for them.

The other is an arrangement by which an employer provides limited financial support to students who have gone to university in the normal way and are studying a subject that relates to the employer’s business.

What are school leaver programmes?

The term school leaver programme is quite generic. It describes programmes that combine earning and learning – and with tuition fees covered by the employer – but there is no need for the content to fit a particular framework. You might see the term used to describe a scheme that is technically an apprenticeship, or as a catch-all for all earning-and-learning opportunities open to school leavers.

However, in practice it is quite often used by employers in accountancy and related areas who take students after their A levels or equivalent and put them through an extensive programme of work and study designed to qualify them as chartered accountants. 

To find out more about the alternatives to university, take a look at our work vs uni page here.

 

Careers that require a specific degree subject

 

For some careers it is important that you have a degree in a specific discipline and below we have given some examples of these.

 

Engineering 


You usually need an engineering degree. There are a few opportunities for those with closely related degrees, eg maths, physics and materials science.

Medicine, nursing, dentistry and related fields 


You need a degree in the relevant subject to pursue a career in any of the above specialisms. For example, medicine (doctor), nursing (nurse) osteopathy (osteopath) and so on.

Sciences 


Undergraduate qualifications include sciences, applied sciences and related degrees. Maths is also a valuable degree for some scientific careers, particularly those related to physics or engineering.

Veterinary science 


You will need a degree in veterinary science.

Careers that you can do with any degree subject

In other cases having a specific degree is not necessary and below are some examples of careers where it does not necessarily matter what you study.

 

Accountancy

 

You can enter accountancy with any degree subject, but employers will look for a proven ability with numbers and may seek a set number of UCAS points. Good grades are key at A level and degree level and some employers may favour some higher education institutions over others.

IT 


For technical roles, many employers require an IT degree (eg computer science). A subject that involves lots of maths may be accepted and some employers accept a postgraduate conversion course. However, some graduates make it in without any of these. 


Law 


Non-law graduates need to undertake a one-year conversion course after university. There are also essential postgraduate qualifications. High academic achievement is valued throughout, so you will need to obtain a 2.1 or a first in your degree and conversion course. 


Retail banking, insurance and actuarial 


You can typically get into retail banking with any degree subject. Some insurance jobs are open to all graduates but others aren’t. If you want to be an actuary you’ll usually need a degree that includes a lot of maths. 


Supply chain and logistics 


There are opportunities for graduates from any degree programme, but some employers may require a degree in engineering, logistics or supply-chain management depending on the role you are applying for.

Teaching 


Any degree is accepted, but it is sensible to study for a degree in a subject that you may wish to teach later on. Normally you will also require a postgraduate teacher training qualification before you can start work. You may also be asked to undertake literacy and numeracy tests before you are allowed into the profession.

To find out more about where degree subjects can lead, please take a look at our degree subject guides section here.

Degree subjects and pay

The Office for National Statistics’ Graduates in the UK Labour Market 2013 report looked at the incomes of those who held an undergraduate degree by which subject they had studied. These figures include all undergraduate degree holders, not just recent graduates. From highest to lowest, the ranking was:

1. medicine
2. engineering
3. physical and environmental sciences
4. architecture
5. maths and computer science
6. languages
7. social sciences and law
8. business and finance
9. education

10. agricultural sciences
11. biological sciences
12. humanities
13. subjects related to medicine
14. technology
15. linguistics, English and classics
16. arts
17. media and information studies.

The highest average salary (medicine) was £46,000. The lowest (media and information studies) was £21,000.

Which degree subjects are best for graduate employment?

Each year UK universities contact their former students six months after they have graduated to find out what they are doing – for example working, studying for a further qualification or searching for work. This is known as the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

For example, graduates with degrees in computer science or related subjects are consistently the group with the highest unemployment level – this has been the case in DLHE surveys going back a number of years. The 2015 survey asked those who graduated in 2014 what they were doing six months later and found that:

Careers with skills shortages

The UK Visa Bureau’s shortage occupations list is a helpful starting point to find out about careers with skills shortages. Its actual purpose is to inform UK employers and potential immigrants what jobs can be filled by workers from outside the EU, but the information is useful to anyone interested in skills shortages.
Jobs on the list include:

Another source is the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)’s Employer Skills Survey, which is conducted every two years. This contains less information about specific jobs with shortages, but gives a broad-brush view of the situation in different industries and at different levels.

To find out more, please take a look at our UK job market guide.