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    I have been advised that if you don't know what you want to do as a career but want to go to uni, you should try to go to a good uni, get a good classification and that a respected subject may help too. This supposedly helps you get jobs from employers who will accept any degree, of which there are a good amount according to this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...ht-degree.html

    My question is can you rely on being employed by one of these general graduate employers, if you decide that your degree field isn't what you want as a career?

    I'm in year 13 ATM, I've had an offer to study biology (though I may change to biomed/microbiology). I know biology isn't a 'top tier' degree like medicine or engineering, but I think it's at least a bit respected. It's for a top 10 university, with a year of professional placement, and I'm pretty sure I would be able to get at least a 2:1, hopefully a first given that I don't find A-levels too bad and I'm passionate about the subject.

    The reason I say this isn't to brag, if it comes off that way, but because I'm wondering how I would fare against the rest of graduates for jobs such as graduate schemes in retail businesses and civil service etc, as I'm not 100% sure if I'd like to work in my degree field. I don't want to make the mistake of only being able to find work in science or teaching.

    Any advice appreciated
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    My employer (BT) accepts all degrees for its graduate entry programme, however certain degrees are prerequisite for some posts ie you would be unlikely to pick up a graduate post in cyber security with a degree in Biology. If you get through a graduate scheme for a large organisation you would likely be filtered towards certain areas.
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    Any degree based on the criteria you suggested. Obviously some degrees might be more relevant. For graduate schemes they will also have assessment tests for soft skills and interviews.
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    (Original post by jamb97)
    I have been advised that if you don't know what you want to do as a career but want to go to uni, you should try to go to a good uni, get a good classification and that a respected subject may help too. This supposedly helps you get jobs from employers who will accept any degree, of which there are a good amount according to this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...ht-degree.html

    My question is can you rely on being employed by one of these general graduate employers, if you decide that your degree field isn't what you want as a career?

    I'm in year 13 ATM, I've had an offer to study biology (though I may change to biomed/microbiology). I know biology isn't a 'top tier' degree like medicine or engineering, but I think it's at least a bit respected. It's for a top 10 university, with a year of professional placement, and I'm pretty sure I would be able to get at least a 2:1, hopefully a first given that I don't find A-levels too bad and I'm passionate about the subject.

    The reason I say this isn't to brag, if it comes off that way, but because I'm wondering how I would fare against the rest of graduates for jobs such as graduate schemes in retail businesses and civil service etc, as I'm not 100% sure if I'd like to work in my degree field. I don't want to make the mistake of only being able to find work in science or teaching.

    Any advice appreciated
    Many opportunities would be open to you to apply to, yes, however employers don't go 'oh shes' got a degree in Biology, I'll take her over that guy with a degree in Media.' They look at more than just the degree- work experience & soft skills and many grad schemes have online tests.
 
 
 
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