do you (or your dcs) have a degree? what subject and what's your occupation?

(104 Posts)
out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 00:08:43

and is your (or your dcs) degree relevant to said occupation?

trying to figure out dds future here smile


louderthanbombs Sun 17-Mar-13 00:13:34

I have a BSc in biomedical science, I'm a biomedical scientist. I think DD should maybe work out her own future..

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 00:15:37

grin its a joint effort bombs

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 17-Mar-13 00:17:20

MA in history. I now work as a program manager for a private philanthropist but am a chartered accountant by profession. Not relevant, but worth knowing that accounting degrees are utterly worthless in terms of qualifying as an accountant. Most city firms still prefer ' good degree in traditional academic subject'

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 00:19:27

that's interesting richman - she is thinking of history degree that would be a traditional academic subject then?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 17-Mar-13 03:37:52

Yes. my advice, especially if she doesn't really know what she wants to do is to do a traditional subject at the best regarded university she can get into. Many grad recruiters now only consider Russell group, for example, so if she can get into one of those she should think very seriously before giving that up to study somewhere else, even if she likes the feel of the lesser one.

StellaNova Sun 17-Mar-13 04:21:51

Me English lit, DH Geography, both journalists.

Both did postgrad journalism course (different ones) for which you needed a degree. Any degree!

freerangelady Sun 17-Mar-13 05:03:46

Egyptology. Farmer.

Degree subject is irrelevant for many careers ( unless of course it's something like engineering) definitely go for Russell group and best Uni in the subject you choose.

singaporeswing Sun 17-Mar-13 06:07:06

My parents both studied Primary Education at a not great Poly. They both are at the top of what they do, on the board for primary national curriculum etc.

I graduated a few years ago, studying French & Business at a RG uni. Now a financial recruiter in Asia. DP is a mechanical engineer and being paid a fortune - I wish I was engineer-minded!

amothersplaceisinthewrong Sun 17-Mar-13 06:13:41

I have a French Degree and work as an accountant!

DH has an Engineering degree has his won IT company

My DS has a Maths degree and works in IT

My DD is about to graduate with a politics degree and go into Reas Estate.

Novia Sun 17-Mar-13 06:15:13

Drama with English and work as a marketing manager for an investment bank!

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 17-Mar-13 06:15:58

Public health and Work in public health- other People from same course work in various types of jobs public and private sector.

FernandoIsFaster Sun 17-Mar-13 06:24:35

LLB Law and work as an in house lawyer for a bank. I dropped out of a Russel group uni after year 1 due to family crisis at the time and I was very unhappy there. Then went to a not so well regarded uni closer to home to complete my degree and my uni has never held me back in my career. I went on to find a training contact when loads of people from more prestigious uni's didn't. She should study a subject that she enjoya at a uni where she is happy.

FadBook Sun 17-Mar-13 06:24:42

Business degree and I work in human resources (HR). At the time I felt it was a nice broad degree because I had no idea what I wanted to do; "business" has lots of different routes (PR, marketing, finance, planning, analysis, HR, psychology, teaching, economics, strategy). Then within each of those there are sub careers/divisions, so for HR you can go into Payroll, training and development, coaching, recruitment, employee relations, employment law etc.

DP has a law degree, he teaches at primary school (obviously has post grad teaching qualification)

Callthemidlife Sun 17-Mar-13 06:56:54

Have interviewed hundreds of people in my various careers (big 4, banking, IT) and generally applicants are from all over the world, so people compete against MIT, Harvard etc.

At that level of competition, Russell Group is essential, and traditional subjects are very much preferred (not essential, but handicap you slightly in that it raises a ? In the mind of interviewer). Some vocational subjects you might think are good ones are not looked on that highly, even if from a good uni. These include accounting, business studies and stuff like marketing and HR. having them as courses within an economic degree is of course fine.

As a recruiter now for my own company I'm less snobby but would say that if you are not going for a russell/'good' uni, you need at least a traditional subject, or a first (I can be won over by passion & flair). A 2.2 from a little-known uni in a non traditional subject is, IMVHO, not of great value career-wise.

If you are looking at choice between two traditional subjects at a good uni, then go for the one that floats their boat most.

JaquelineHyde Sun 17-Mar-13 07:14:29

Education and Eng Lit degree from a middle of the road uni.

I was going to go into teaching but then realised I would hate to feel so trapped.

I'm now doing an MA in Social Work at one of the top SW unis in the UK.

I would say choose your subject very carefully and then make sure you go to the best uni possible that provides it.

I don't think there is any value in just scraping a 3rd regardless of how highly valued your uni is. In this day and age you need good results as well, so subject choice is very important as your DD needs to know she can do well in her chosen subject and enjoy it otherwise it is so ease to just coast along and lose interest.

OneLittleToddleTerror Sun 17-Mar-13 07:24:13

Bachelors and PhD in Engineering. I did a few years of postdoc research and then changed career to become a software engineer. I would recommend it if you can't afford unpaid internships. We definitely pays our summer interns and new grads. Though are unpaid interns really that common outside the fashionable media?

I would say what I studied is relevant to what I'm doing. Our graduate program considers anyone with a numerate degree, not just computer science and IT ones. However if your DD is thinking of history, I doubt she would be interested in the physical sciences grin

JimbosJetSet Sun 17-Mar-13 07:25:27

I did my degree in sociology, I ended up going back to uni a couple of years later to do a postgrad qualification in Occupational Therapy (and now Im an Occupational Therapist).

Abigail9580 Sun 17-Mar-13 07:30:24

I have a bsc in vet nursing, and now a vet nurse, my partner has a bsc in agriculture and is a farmer. My suggestion is to do a Uni course that trains you to do something, or gets you onto a course that does that. Otherwise Uni is very expensive and your no closer to getting a job at the end of it.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. I've been in sales and marketing, local government and now work in the Church of England.

Callthemidwife's experience is the same as my husband when recruiting for trainee programmers. I don't think he ever employed anyone with a computing degree as he wanted people who could learn how to learn rather than been trained in one area. This was 15 years ago so I don't know it this applies but don't assume that a vocational degree from a less well known university will open the doors you would assume it would.

Physics. I then did a BA in Early Years.
I am now a storyteller. Go figuregrin.

worley Sun 17-Mar-13 07:44:18

Abigail - I feel old now ! when I did vn it was just part 1 and part 2! sad
now have bsc in diagnostic imaging and post grad medical ultrasound.
ds wants to do physics.. what can you do with a pure physics degree ? I was trying to steer him towards natural sciences but he only has eyes for physics...

MothershipG Sun 17-Mar-13 07:44:19

I have a geography degree and pre children worked in IT. Post career break I'm working in a museum, right at the bottom, but the fact I have a degree is helping me be considered for a more interesting role.

worley Sun 17-Mar-13 07:46:06

ooooh inmysparetime... is there a particular Uni that is top for physics? I'm only now looking in to this for ds.. he is 15.. what type of things can you do post degree?? apart from story telling.. but his other live is English!' and writing his own science fiction..

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 17-Mar-13 07:46:16

Spanish from Russell Group. Work for a telco, head of a big contact centre. Got a place on their grad programme back in '96!

poopnscoop Sun 17-Mar-13 07:51:22

I have a 4 yr Design Degree but changed careers 7 years ago to go into Early Years... Still studying to further my EY knowledge.. Will never stop studying I think, love learning.

My one brother has Honours as an Environmental and Geographical Scientist... He's now at seminary to become a pastor.

Other sibs still do what they studied for initially... Teaching and Finance/Banking.

Whyriskit Sun 17-Mar-13 07:51:33

I have a joint degree in Philosophy and Psychology from a RG university, and a post-grad in career guidance. I'm a careers adviser.
It's important your DD studies a subject she is genuinely interested in, at a uni she wants to be at. The Prospects website:, has a section called what do graduates do, which is useful in terms of seeing the types of work people tend to go in to.

Iteotwawki Sun 17-Mar-13 07:53:03

BSc in biomedical sciences, bachelor of medicine / bachelor of surgery. And a post grad fellowship. I'm a doctor, degree highly relevant to subsequent career.

Suspect this answer is the least useful so far smile

OwllwOOwllwO Sun 17-Mar-13 07:55:50

I've got a degree in Fine Art, worked in a few galleries/exhibitions and as a make-up artist. I'm now training to be a special effects make-up artist. smile

barefootwalker Sun 17-Mar-13 07:56:40

I did a BSc in Physiotherapy and work as a physiotherapist. There are careers like mine where you can only do the job with a degree on that subject (eg medicine, veterinary science, nursing, occupational therapy...). However, there are uni's that offer conversion courses for many of these now which means if she were to do a different topic but then change her mind about career, she could get a degree in one of these in fewer years than the full courses. Good luck. I agree strongly with previous posters that this is her choice rather than yours but I'm sure she's glad of your help and support.

rubyrubyruby Sun 17-Mar-13 07:58:37

They definitely need guidance now, much more choice and decisions seem to have to be made earlier.

DS has business degree and just about to start an MBA. It definitely got him where he is today. Neither I or his Father (who I left when he was 3) even have A levels,

I'm very proud of him.

ImpYCelyn Sun 17-Mar-13 07:59:45

Classics - about to start a PGCE for MFL. My friends from Classics are now teachers, doctors (really), solicitors and barristers for the most part. One is a museum curator in Rome.

OH - Economics and a 2nd in English - he's a French teacher (he is French). He wants to change though.

Zara1984 Sun 17-Mar-13 08:03:05

I have a law degree, an arts degree and a master of laws. I used to be a big firm lawyer but now I work in a comms/tech and legal editing role at an NGO.

My goal for the next 5 years is to start my own business or get a policy/legal/junior management type role (building on my current skills) at a tech company. Yes, I dream of working for Google...

I have a baby DS and would like one more DC in the next 5 years. Quitting big law about 4 years ago and transitioning to a lower-stress role made DS possible!

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 17-Mar-13 08:03:19

I don't have a degree - I had a place to read Russian and German at Birmingham, but my mother threw a wobbler at the last minute and said she wasn't doing without her holidays just so that I could enjoy myself for four years (this was in the days of grants), and I needed to get a job and pay back some of the money that had been spent on me over the years. hmmangry

I mooched around that summer doing temping, then managed to get onto a graduate scheme with just two A levels. This enabled me to move up to London and share a house, which was considerably cheaper than paying my mother rent and commuting as she took a large chunk of my take home pay.

My career has more than kept up with my (largely Oxbridge contemporaries), but I still wish I had a degree, as this would have enabled me to do other things - even quite silly things - a lack of degree has been a bar. To give you an example, I applied to take (through work) an advanced language course at a university in that country (I am quite fluent in the language), but was turned down (at the last minute, having been accepted) as I didn't have a degree, despite my fluency in the language. I could have had a degree in anything irrelevant, from Mime to Archaeology and they would have taken me on the course, but my lack of degree meant that I couldn't do it.

Zara1984 Sun 17-Mar-13 08:05:40

But I want my DCs to be doctors grin

You always are in high demand and your job is respected, you'll never be without a job, and you can transition to different industries (eg pharmaceutical sales) if you don't like practice. If either DH or I were really stuck career wise we'd retrain as medics.

Worley, Manchester is good for Physics, especially astrophysics, as Jodrell Bank is nearby.
Jobs afterwards are anything "sciency" really, Brian Cox did well for himself with a Mcr Physics degree. Teaching is the fallback for physics graduates, but I know folk from my course in all sorts of fields now, from computer programmers to astronomers.

Zara1984 Sun 17-Mar-13 08:07:43

Schadenfreude my mother would've been the same if govt student loans (in NZ) hadn't been available. I ended up with big debts (but paid off now, thankfully). I am sorry she did that to you. You sound like you've really done well for yourself smile

MA in Policy, Management and Government from RG Uni. I work in public sector and have never needed my degree to date grin

BrigitBigKnickers Sun 17-Mar-13 08:11:01

Music ( not Russell group but a well regarded uni in London) then PGCE then MPhil for teaching deaf children.

Not surprisingly- I teach deaf children and am the music co ordinator in the school where I work.

CMOTDibbler Sun 17-Mar-13 08:12:59

Physics - I now work for a manufacturer of medical devices.

DHs degree is geology and chemistry and he works in high value inusrance claims.

tilder Sun 17-Mar-13 08:13:08

There is some great advice on this thread.

I have been surprised how few degrees actually qualify you for a particular career. Apart from things like medicine, vet, some of the science/engineering degree. I do work in the field I studied but would say from a year with 60 students only 4 actually use the subject directly.

If your dc have a clear career path they want to follow, that narrows choice of degree.

Otherwise go for a subject they enjoy and are good at, at the best university for that subject you can.

andadietcoke Sun 17-Mar-13 08:13:18

DH did a sport science degree, then a PGCE and is now a PE teacher.

I did European Studies and Modern Languages at Manchester, with a year working as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament. I mention this only because it was that year that opened doors for me when I started looking for jobs, so to some employers it doesn't matter what the course was in if the 'year in industry' has yielded relevant experience.

I now work as a marketing manager and have just finished an MBA as well as a short course in Boston at Harvard Business School. If I could have my time again I'd have done business at uni. As someone earlier mentioned the range of skills and theory taught is relevant and transferable to pretty much any job or profession you could think of. My little brother has just started a business degree after not being sure what career he wanted, and is loving it.

Chocaholics Sun 17-Mar-13 08:16:31

BSc in microbiology and worked as a microbiologist for about 7 years and have since moved into project management but work in the same industry as before.

caughtinagiggleloop Sun 17-Mar-13 08:20:32

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HolidayArmadillo Sun 17-Mar-13 08:22:28

I have a degree in midwifery. I'm a midwife surprisingly enough grin

SizzleSazz Sun 17-Mar-13 08:23:29

I studied Accounting & Economics, then studied for Chatrered Accountancy exams. (As a poster above said they actually prefer non accountancy graduates so they can teach you from fresh although i did find mine useful). The economics is v useful for understanding the wider economy, how it functions and why (some) economis policy decisions are made.
I went on to work for a Big 4 Accountancy firm and now have a senior commercial finance role in industry

sweetkitty Sun 17-Mar-13 08:26:10

BSc Microbiology

Loved the subject jobs v scarce and not well paid especially where I lived, had to relocate for work.

Worked in the food industry for 8 years now have been a SAHM for the past 9, want to return to work but haven't a clue how to accomplish it hmm

BikeRunSki Sun 17-Mar-13 08:26:34

BSc Physics and Geology
MSc Engineering Geology
PhD Coastal Civil Engineering

Chartered Geologist

I work as a Project Manager for construction, with technical expertise in Engineering Geology (identifying and applying ground conditions to construction).

Polyethyl Sun 17-Mar-13 08:29:06

I did ancient history & archaeology at a Russell group uni. I am now a chartered surveyor. I appear to be unusual in this career as most people I interview and all my colleagues studied property as their degree.

Of my friends that did a history degree - they all became solicitors.

RustyBear Sun 17-Mar-13 08:49:25

I have a degree in History from a university which is now RG, though it wasn't when I was there (1974-77). I then did a PG librarianship course and was a librarian for about 10 years before children. But when I thought about gouging back to work I didn't want to go back into library work and have by strange degrees turned into an IT support manager at a school, for which I have no actually qualifications at all.

DH did Maths at the same university, then Statistics MSc and PhD and is now a statistician.

DD also went to the same university (thirty-odd years later, of course) and took Psychology. She thought about social work, and was going to work for a year before possibly doing a post-grad course. She got a job as activities co-ordination at an old people's home - loved the old people but hated the way the home was run. She then got a job as a resourcer in a recruitment consultancy, through a friend's recommendation. She loved it from the start and six months later she's a trainee consultant and doing very well.

DS did History and Politics at a RG university and his initial idea was the Civil Service, but he left university just as the Civil Service freeze started, so that idea was a non-starter. He's now working for a major publisher in London, but it took him a lot of unpaid/expenses only work experience and internships before he got there.

So of us all, DH is the only one actually working in the field for which he is directly qualified, though the rest of us are using the various skills we learned at university - as caughtinagiggleloop says, you can learn those skills elsewhere, but university does put them in a neat package that employers recognise. Though my DC both luckily got through university before the price label on that package trebled...

BoyMeetsWorld Sun 17-Mar-13 08:59:19

Degree in English..2 postgrads (in subjects I won't say or could out me but much more practical) & now a Digital Marketing Manager. Copywriting & content management are key so my degree was a good basis

blondieminx Sun 17-Mar-13 09:04:34

English BA here, I now work in compliance for a big law firm.

I agree with RichMan

roughtyping Sun 17-Mar-13 09:07:04

I have a BSc (Hons) in Psycholgy and a PGDE in primary education. I'm a primary teacher. OH has a BA (Hons) in Film & Media Studies, he's now a TIO for police services. Both pretty useless first degrees grin!

Cavort Sun 17-Mar-13 09:08:11

BSc in Applied Biology and I now work in Sales. Jobs in Biology just weren't well paid. sad

DH has a First in Computer Science from an excellent Uni. He spent a few years as an employed Programmer, then he left and went Contracting for a few years and has since set up his own IT Consultancy which is doing well. Having his degree allowed him to get on the ladder but is kind of redundant now he is self-employed.

skratta Sun 17-Mar-13 09:23:21

Did Medical History at university, and when I was 26 and working in a museum called the Vassa (in Stockholm) applied and entered medical school. Got a medical degree therefore. But I could only do that at the Karolinska Institute (the medical university school thing there) because of a scholarship awarded to people who already have degrees (regardless of what degrees).

Being a paediatric oncologist, it's definitely involved in my job!

My DC have not been yet, but my DTDs are at an age where they need to make exam choices and they are kind of deciding what to do. DTD1 would like to study Engineering, and DTD2 would like to study Computer Science and work as a software engineer I think it is (or software programmer?). But time will tell!

DH got a degree in Japanese. He is now a carpenter/stonemason with his own business selling crafty stuff so not useful!

PrincessOfChina Sun 17-Mar-13 09:35:38

I have a BSc in Communication and Society, and a Post Grad in Broadcast Journalism.

I work in internal Comms for a large FMCG company. I definitely use the skills I gained in my degree, but also my years of experience as an Exec Assistant!

Jayne266 Sun 17-Mar-13 09:35:40

I have a Bsc in veterinary nursing an am a vet nurse.

MothershipG Sun 17-Mar-13 09:51:03

Just checked the Russell Group website and my Uni is on it, I'm quite chuffed. smile Shows how long ago I went to Uni!

Hulababy Sun 17-Mar-13 09:52:40

I have an education degree and was a teacher. Now working as a hlta so still relevant and may return to teaching in future.

tiredemma Sun 17-Mar-13 09:54:05

I have a BSc in Nursing (Mental Health) and I am currently doing a Msc.

I obviously needed the BSc to become a nurse.

CarpeDiemCras Sun 17-Mar-13 09:59:41

I have a degree in Economics from a Russell Group uni. I am a project manager in financial services.

The degree was a foot in the door to a graduate role in the industry.

That route is still open, although many companies are starting to offer apprenticeships. Personally I'd still do a degree because I enjoy learning and I think time at university offers a life experience that you can't easily get by going straight into work.

Copthallresident Sun 17-Mar-13 10:10:59

The Russell Group is just a group of unis that joined together for the purposes of lobbying, there is also the 1994 group of smaller unis. There is absolutely no quality control implicit in membership, it just happens that some of the most prestigious highly ranked unis are members. My old uni is a member but was distinctly in the mid ranks when I went there, though of course I will now loudly trumpet it as Russell Group but not mention actual name grin

I did a History degree , then had 25 year career in marketing, during which I gained an MBA and professional qualifications in marketing and market research. Also did graduate recruitment rounds and whilst we visited the big city universities we would get applications from everywhere and it was really about finding applicants who could provide us with evidence of the personal and intellectual qualities we were looking for for the jobs we had available. That could be through academic achievement but also through other activities, work experience, positions of responsibility etc.. We did sift out any without decent GCSE / A levels.

Now I am back at uni, yet again RG of course grin

wonkylegs Sun 17-Mar-13 10:29:13

I have a BA in architectural studies, a BArch and an Advanced Diploma in Professional practice which are part 1,2 & 3 respectively for becoming a registered architect.
DH has medical degrees & is a Dr
Both degree paths tend to lead to their professions but architecture has a lot of flexibility en-route and approximately half of those who start part 1 will go off to do other things with their degrees. From my group of friends that I started with I am the only qualified architect, the others include - a banker, a head of internet marketing at a company in NY, planner, one works for an overseas aid agency, a photographer and an artist.
I wouldn't necessarily advise architecture as a career course right now as the profession has taken a severe battering in the recession but the first degree at least is quite good for a broad spectrum experience.

MariscallRoad Sun 17-Mar-13 11:58:29

Demand for jobs changes with changes in technology and economy. Some Departments give their students editions on the current state of jobs, how to launch careers and which sectors they should be looking to.

kritur Sun 17-Mar-13 12:14:38

MChem chemistry + PhD chemistry
Teacher of chemistry then University Lecturer in chemistry.

Toasttoppers Sun 17-Mar-13 12:25:45

Sociology, plan was to then train as a social worker taking a PG degree. Once my youthful idealism had waned decided I couldn't implement policies I didn't agree with and that making life changing decisions about others would be too stressful.

Find myself working in administration.

Manchesterhistorygirl Sun 17-Mar-13 12:28:49

This is a really interesting thread, I'm just about to finish (hooray, hurrah) yr 1 at Manchester where I'm reading History. The careers service is excellent for people like me too, mature student, not 100% sure where I'm going with my degree yet, there are always opportunities being posted and big companies on campus.

For instance I'm doing a journalism workshop day in July, something I've always thought about, but. It been sure I'd be good enough for. I've also done the Manchester mentoring programme to help focus my goals.

Physics is very good here, google "graphene".

Neither of my parents have degrees, but my dad was a charted surveyor and dh is a charted management accountant.

Something worth noting is that last year I went to an open day at manchester metropolitan university and the academic staff I spoke to advised me to accept the place down the road, because it would be more beneficial in the long run.

Lilymaid Sun 17-Mar-13 12:29:27

Me law (but work in information management), DH physics but is chartered engineer
Both DSs - economics. One has MSc, other mid way with BSc.

LadyLech Sun 17-Mar-13 12:30:00

My first degree was in theology. A particularly useless degree. However, I ended up as a RS teacher, so do actually use my degree everyday (and love it!)

Tubegirl Sun 17-Mar-13 13:22:20

I have a law degree, and am a solicitor although have been sahm for two years. Obviously my degree was highly relevant and it is a profession where employers are bothered about which university you attended. You really can't beat talking to people who work in your particular field of interest and discussing their entry routes into their profession. DD should be brave and try to organise some interviews- learn some networking skills. It really does help to get some contacts.

webwiz Sun 17-Mar-13 13:23:39

I have a degree in Psychology (BSc) and worked as an Accountant, I now work in the charitable sector in advice services and am studying for a Masters in Social science Research Methods.

DH has a Maths degree and is an Actuary.

DD1 has almost finished a degree in Biological Sciences and has no idea what job she wants to do and DD2 is studying Maths (the apple didn't fall far from the tree in her case!)

creamteas Sun 17-Mar-13 14:01:14

I have a BA, MA and PhD in sociology and am a lecturer.

DS1 is in his final year of History at uni, and has no idea what to do next, but in my experience this is normal. He has not been applying for anything and the current plan is to go travelling when he finishes.

DS2 did not want to go to uni and is on an in-house management training scheme in retail.

insancerre Sun 17-Mar-13 14:10:32

I have a degree in Early Childhood (graduated last year) and I am an Early Years Professional (a nursery teacher without the teacher wages)

fussychica Sun 17-Mar-13 16:23:56

I did a BEd way back in the 70s but left with a Dip HE as I joined the Civil Service on a fast track management program during the summer and never went back. Spent 25 years undertaking many different roles in various government departments before throwing in the towel and retiring buggering off to Spain. Recently returned and have no plans to return to workgrin

DS almost halfway through an MFL degree at a good but non RG Uni hush my mouth

slug Sun 17-Mar-13 16:54:29

The job I do now did not exist when I did my first degree so ultimately it does not matter what I studied. The job market us continually evolving so being prescriptive about qualifications , apart from the obvious ones like med, vet etc can be limiting

Jollyb Sun 17-Mar-13 17:00:28

Medicine - doctor
DP - law and lawyer
Not very original!

BestIsWest Sun 17-Mar-13 17:24:05

Economics - from a poly - work in IT.

Degree in Graphic Design and am an illustrator
dh has a degree in Ancient History and is a systems developer

rockinhippy Sun 17-Mar-13 17:47:53

Degree in Graphic Design & Business Studies - Career in Fashion design & technology - so not really related, bar I specialised in print/embellishment - I did learn my trade from my Grandmother though so probably counts as 1-1 tuition grin

DH - Degree in Photography & also Fine Arts - he did work as a music photographer for a while & also in advertising, but now runs a printing dept, so not that related

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 19:57:11

wow smile

thank you so much for all your responses - a really interesting read.

i agree with whoever said the job market is constantly evolving - i have been out of it for ten years so am a bit out of is really great to see there are so many options out there.

BendyBusBuggy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:16:37

When I was in my last year at school I bought a book that listed all the degrees that were available. I crossed out all the ones I wasn't interested in. Then I crossed out all the ones where I didn't think I'd like the "obvious" job that followed that degree. Then I crossed out all the ones where I thought I'd find it hard to find a job with that degree. In the end two were left: food chemistry and statistics. I wrote to the unis and after looking through the material they sent me, I chose statistics.

Re-reading this confirms what I have always suspected: i'm a nerd

Bearcat Sun 17-Mar-13 20:27:24

DH - Civil Engineering, he's a civil engineer.
DS1 - Civil Engineering, he's gone to work in an investment bank.
DS2 - Economics, he's got a graduate job in October with Deloitte as long as he gets a 2:1!!!!
I didn't do a degree but did a diploma and work as a health care professional for which you now need to do a degree to qualify.

out2lunch Sun 17-Mar-13 20:31:05

bendy - thats exactly how we picked ds a levels grin

BendyBusBuggy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:37:31

Thanks, out2lunch, feel much better now smile

motherinferior Sun 17-Mar-13 20:43:52

I have a first degree from Oxford and an MA from Warwick, both on English. I am now a magazine journalist specialising in health and mental health.

serin Sun 24-Mar-13 20:16:06

Degree in Occupational Therapy, Work as an Occupational Therapist.

DH degree in Zoology, PhD in something biological, worked as an embryologist for almost 20years then quit to teach.

ginmakesitallok Sun 24-Mar-13 20:19:17

Law degree and masters in healthcare management. Work in NHS.

DP, degree in chemistry, PhD, senior lecturer and researcher

MrsSalvoMontalbano Sun 24-Mar-13 20:37:14

Degree in French, trained as Chartered Accountant, then worked for years in IT sales, now career change to be MFL and Latin teacher... Like a previous posege, I love learning and will keep learning till the day I die - DH finds it odd that I just keep learning new stufff..grin. DC - who knows.. I hope they will go for engineering as seems like the best degree to keep options open. DC at very academic school where the leavers' destinations balance has now shifted to US Ivy league from Oxbridge..

wilsonbelle Thu 28-Mar-13 14:24:12

BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence - 1st class, RG uni
Msc Finance & Information Technology - RG uni (not the same one)

I've spent most of my career as a software engineer (interesting, very well-paid, lots of opportunity across a huge variety of sectors), mostly in healthcare/finance industries, BUT five years ago stepped up into project management - was a scary move at first due to the pressure/responsibility, but love it.

Personally, I'm encouraging DD to look at the longer term prospects of any careers she's interested in. Clearly, doing something you love is key, but (for example) when I pointed out the disparity between childcare salaries vs. teaching salaries, she didn't believe me at first.

I think she'll end up doing something childcare related, still - as long as she's aware of what she's getting into, she has my 100% backing no matter what she decides to do.

(DH was hoping for her to follow in our footsteps - DH runs his own IT consultancy - but alas she's just not interested at all.)

EllenParsons Thu 28-Mar-13 16:26:38

I studied German and French, then I did the GDL (law conversion) and my career is as a solicitor at a City law firm.

Luela Thu 28-Mar-13 18:34:01

I did anthropology then worked in finance for about 7 years now retraining as a primary teacher - all very different areas smile

paintyourbox Thu 28-Mar-13 18:45:56

Me- Masters degree in Pharmacy then post-grad in Clinical Pharmacy. I divide my time between being a pharmacist and lecturing in pharmacy.

DP- medicine degree. Now a cardiologist.

Primrose123 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:46:43

My degree was in German and French. Worked in the manufacturing industry for a few years, being responsible for French and German speaking clients.

Gave it up to be a SAHM.

I have recently retrained as an ESOL teacher. Just need a job vacancy to come up.

Oh, and I am a part-time piano teacher.

outtolunchagain Thu 28-Mar-13 19:52:47

Politics and economics degree , Chartered Accountant , now working in the third sector .

Ds1 now doing politics degree , no idea what he wants to do.

tenlittlebuns Thu 28-Mar-13 20:03:03

I did a degree in history; have always worked in publishing, mostly children's or educational.
DH did maths, then PhD in physics, now an engineer

I have always thought that if I was to do it all again I would go for something more vocational, so interesting to read recruiters on this thread saying they still look for good degrees in traditional subjects.

msbossy Thu 28-Mar-13 20:06:42

BA in American Studies (Lit) at UKC. Included 1 yr at Mount Holyoke Massachusetts.

MA in publishing at Oxford Brookes.

I work in IT! I'm a Business Analyst for a publishing company.

Jellykat Thu 28-Mar-13 20:09:30

Me- degree in Fashion/Textiles and sew for a living (amongst other things)

DS1 - degree in Professional Musicianship, but although getting a first, he was so disillusioned by the music industry in the end, hes now a well paid Web designer.

TinyDiamond Thu 28-Mar-13 20:14:39

DP has Bsc in computer science, msc in financial economics and CIMA. He is a finance manager

I have a foundation degree in shoe design and 2/3 of a sociology degree that I am hoping to take through to Phd level.

<utterly outs self>

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 28-Mar-13 20:16:03

Interesting thread.

English Lit. Am now a stay at home mum considering a degree in social work, previously was a writer. Friends from my course are now lawyer, publisher, journalist, artist, doctor.

DP did chemical engineering, & went into the city. Then he did medicine & is now a doctor.

Lindyhopper29 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:18:18

DD has a degree in zoology and is currently working in Next. Sorry that's no help but no jobs relevant to her degree in this area and she's applied for some further afield without success.

BA English Lit, MSc Information Management, both RG unis. Worked as a librarian (for which my MSc qualified me), now an IT programme manager in the NHS.

Kez100 Fri 29-Mar-13 16:19:32

No degree.

Chartered Accountant.

I did O levels (at a dire comprehensive in the early 80's), BTEC National Diploma in Buisness and Finance (at a local technical college) and, during that course, a local accountancy firm came to the course and interviewed those of us interested in becoming Chartered Accountants. I won the training contract on offer and I did all my professional training with them - practical experience in their offices and they funded my courses and attendance at Reed College for the examinations.

emsyj Fri 29-Mar-13 16:31:13

Law degree - ex city lawyer, now work for govt department (not doing law)
DP - no degree, company director doing IT project stuff

duchesse Fri 29-Mar-13 16:43:44

I have a degree in law, and now work as a translator. I do a fair bit of legal translation so the degree is certainly not wasted, nor is the staying power to read long and boring documents, ability to argue and be assertive in debates.

DH has a degree in maths (became more and more applied as he went through it), did an extra year of very applied maths verging on physics and now works as a research scientist.

DMIL has a degree in maths and worked as a maths teacher until retirement.

DFIL had a degree in maths and worked as a research scientist.

DH's grandfather had a degree in maths and worked as a research scientist. (are you spotting a pattern here grin?)

DH's G- GF had a degree in maths and worked first as a maths teacher, then as the bursar of his old college.

DS is 2 years into an engineering degree and is hoping to become an engineer/scientist of some sort.

DD1 is applying for medicine and hoping to become a doctor, although medicine gives you entry into many more careers than being a doctor (research science being one of them...)

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