The Beauty of University: Transferrable Subjects

Author Megan Speet

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​I love my job, and more so because of the area I specialise in – I get to spend most of my day speaking with clients who are looking for fresh talent, and graduates who can’t wait to fill those very roles.

Ironically, I’m no graduate myself; I joined Certus at 17 and, despite achieving three A*s at Sixth Form, just didn’t feel like further education was the move for me. Maybe that’s why I’m evermore fascinated by, and motivated within, placing grads into their first career moves.

And it’s exciting – nowadays, you can study almost anything at uni, and you can bet I’ve met those with degrees in the weird to the wonderful and everything in between. From puppetry, baking and dairy management to floristry, viticulture (def: grape growing AKA: wine-making read: count me in) and ethical hacking (don’t ask, because I’m not sure), there is a gigantic world of education out there just waiting to be explored.

And the absolute beauty of it all?

When it comes to many, nay most, graduate schemes, it really doesn’t matter what you studied.

Please take that with a pinch of salt; I’m not saying subject matter means nothing, nor am I denying that for certain lines of work (i.e. the medical profession as a whole, teaching, etc) you will certainly need to have undergone vocational studies. But when it comes to the corporate world, subject matter becomes less significant.

Anything – and very nearly everything – is transferrable.

So you studied mathematics but, upon glancing over a few job ads online, have realised that the positions within marketing seem to be catching your eye? Fantastic – your skill with numbers will be super handy when it comes to conversion rates, budgeting and all the other numerical know-how which comes with an entry-level marketing position.

Perhaps you gained a degree in science? Well, the logic which you’ve had to use to achieve such a qualification, when applied to a business setting, could really help with hashing out ideas and solving problems. Yours could be a voice which the team hasn’t yet heard.

The attention to detail an art degree requires is second to none. The experience you’ve gained during your business degree has given you an amazing insight to now apply to a practical setting. The competitive nature you’ve shown throughout your sport-related studies is extremely desirable to employers. The performance skills you built throughout your drama degree and the confidence it’s left you with will shine at interview stage.

I could go on.

What I’m getting at is, regardless of the subject matter of your degree, what you have done is gained knowledge and/or skills which can and will be highly transferrable to so many sectors, industries and professions. But that’s not all…

Forget what you’ve learned – what about how you’ve learned it?

Presenting. Project management. Time management. These are all skills which are invaluable to surviving the corporate world – and, they’re all skills which you must have demonstrated in some way, shape or form to be sat here talking with myself or my team about the degree you’ve accomplished.

In completing your degree, you will have had to manage a heavy class schedule (third year, or so I hear) along with time for study, socialising, perhaps a part-time job and any other extra-curriculars you’ve had going on throughout. You will have worked on projects with your peers, but also shown that you can work autonomously. You’ve given presentations, written essays, created pieces of art.

You’ve worked bloody hard, and these are all things which are going to benefit you hugely in your first job. Which leads me on to…

The invaluable soft skills which uni teaches, and employers love.

Communication. Problem solving. Adaptability. Team-work.

You’ve had to integrate some, if not all, of these things to complete your degree.

When it comes to hiring graduates, the interview process is largely centred around soft skills – the personality traits and skills you demonstrate, having less work experience to draw upon. The work ethic you’ve shown, the commitment you’ve proven, by achieving what you’ve done so far.

You’re more qualified than you think, and there’s more out there than you know about yet.

And we’d love to be the ones opening these doors for you.

My team specialises in placing graduates and those with up to three years’ experience across numerous sectors; we’re proud to actually find out what your real career goals are, because the first step to achieving those couldn’t be more important.

And if you aren’t sure? We love a good chin wag, anyway.

If you’re a graduate looking to climb onto the career ladder or a second-jobber looking for some insight, get in touch with me today.