That’s it, you’re done – you’ve left uni, thrown that degree scroll to the wind and made a drunken fool of yourself at the Graduation Ball.
It’s a big question, and one that many can’t answer after four years of studying and partying. But it’s a biggie, and not even a gap year will postpone it forever.
The problem is that there are thousands of career paths out there, and many of them are jumping for degree-qualified young professionals to replace the ranks of baby boomers exiting the workforce.
Restlessness and indecision are to be expected for the current generation leaving university.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), wages have fallen by 43 per cent for millennials. In the US, UK and Japan, those aged 19-35 are the first in modern memory to be significantly worse off than their parents.
A WEF report stated, ‘Millennials in these three countries, whose combined economies account for approximately one third of global GDP, are struggling to fulfil their potential due to structural economic constraints and a broadly shared perception that “the game is rigged.”
‘They are also victims of circumstance. This is the generation that has come of age in the long shadow of the global financial crisis — a historically significant loss of global wealth and opportunity — and their problems have been compounded by the automation of many tasks.’
These are tough times, but there are careers out there. Let’s take a look at some promising job sectors.
The world of law is most notable for the fact that it’s well paid – but it’s a career requiring years of study before it pays off.
A huge number of firms like Switalskis have, however, been continually expanding over the past decade, and they’re crying out for the next generation of law professionals.
Work as a solicitor is dry but ultimately satisfying, like a particularly complex Sudoku puzzle, and the rewards can include a company car, regular business trips, and a varied range of clients.
There’s almost always a shortage of teachers in the UK, in part because it’s a notoriously stressful job.
But, as the government attempt to fill a huge number of positions, the benefits (and pay packets) are increasing for teachers.
There are few greater rewards than moulding a group of children into successful adults, but a paycheque that increases with experience is a pretty good one.
Work in media agencies can cover everything from marketing to copywriting to administration – but it’s all rewarding, fast-paced work.
In a world of digital natives, you’ll need more than a working knowledge of Instagram to enter this industry – and your degree could be what separates you from the competition.
Those are our tips? Which industry are you thinking of joining? How is the job market impacting your degree? Let us know in the comments below.