If you’ve read some of our previous articles, you’ll know that The Good Universities Guide likes to debunk myths. Previously, we covered uni student myths and myths related to getting into uni in the first place. This time, we’re tackling graduate careers.
Myth 1: If you have a degree, you’ll get a job
Getting a degree is only a step towards employment. There’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll walk into a job the minute you graduate — at least not without plenty of hard work! You’ll also find that job prospects vary between fields of study, so don’t fret if you’re scouring job boards while other friends walk straight into a great role. Check out our uni ratings and rankings for details about your prospects after graduation.
Myth 2: You can only look for a job in your field of study
If you’re confused, bear with us.What this means is that you can broaden your job search beyond the exact field you studied.It’s worth looking into related areas to determine what you might be qualified to do.Psychology graduates, why not check out your options in marketing? If you’re finishing journalism, look into areas like publishing or public relations.Also remember that your skills are valuable in all sorts of industries — accountants, for instance, are needed in just about every business!
Myth 3: There’s plenty of time for work experience after you graduate
Getting experience while still a student should be your priority if you really want to hit the ground running as a graduate. If your course doesn’t include a structured placement, keep an eye out for internships or volunteering opportunities. No matter what field you’re studying, there’s likely to be an option out there for you — whether it’s coming into an office two days a week or simply helping out on campus. Work experience has many benefits, from providing insight into different specialisations within your discipline to setting up valuable professional networks. For advice about internships and volunteering, chat to your institution’s careers office or course coordinator.
Myth 4: A well-written, refined résumé will land you every job
You’ve put lots of hard work into refining your résumé and making sure it’s up to date — but that doesn’t mean you can send it out with every application. Just like cover letters, the best résumés are those that have been tailored to the position. If a job places emphasis on a particular skill set, be sure to play up your strengths as they apply to that particular role. One last tip: proofreading is everything. You don’t want your résumé to be filled with typos!
Myth 5: Postgraduate study is only beneficial in certain fields
Making the decision to take on a postgraduate degree isn’t an easy one, and you’ve probably heard that it’s only ‘worth it’ in some fields of study. Whether or not it’s a specific requirement, further study has many benefits. Depending on the route you choose, you could explore a new field of study, solidify your knowledge in one of your majors or qualify for professional practice. Postgraduates also have the benefit of fabulous networking opportunities, as well as being able to study with a diverse cohort.