How to get a fabulous job with a ‘useless’ degree

Deciding what to study at university can be really tough. Now that tuition is so expensive, it’s a real investment - not just of your time, but of your future earnings. It’s no surprise that there is more pressure than ever to study something that will lead to a ‘good’ job.

But what if you don’t want to be an engineer or a doctor?

We caught up with 22 year-old Charlotte Wood who ditched STEM and still managed to get a fabulous job – so, how did she do it?

"Well", says Charlotte, "I studied History, and I started working two days after I graduated, without a relevant internship from the summer before. It’s possible! So, these are my tips!"

 

Get a good grade

This isn’t essential - but it does help to set you apart. You don’t have to miss out on the uni experience either. But what you do have to do is study something you really enjoy. You are never going to get a 1st or 2:1 if you hate your course so much you’d do anything other than go in. Pick a degree you enjoy and it won’t seem like such an impossible mission!

 

Transferable skills

Seriously - TRANSFERABLE SKILLS! More important than what you got to all employers is what you learnt. Time management? Good attitude under pressure? Organisational skills? At university these are part of your day to day.

 

Do other stuff

Generally speaking, you’ll have less contact hours than a ‘useful’ degree. This means you have more time to pursue other interests. Play a sport, join the theatre society, write for the university paper, set up your own society if you like. All these extra interests make your CV stand out and make you a more well-rounded potential employee.

 

Get creative

You aren’t studying something vocational, so be broad when searching for jobs. Use your holidays to get work experience to explore different industries. They don’t have to be fancy London internships either - your local businesses can be really open to you shadowing someone for a week or a few days. Try emailing the leaders of these businesses to ask for a coffee. You may get a lot of rejections, but you only need one ‘yes’ to build a relationship.

 

Work hard

Getting a job is hard for everyone at university, whether you have a ‘useful’ degree or not. For every person who already has their life mapped out and 15 internships secured, there are 20 other people silently sweating about it like you. Don’t let it overwhelm you!