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How Your Degree Can Be a Stepping Stone to a Great Career

How Your Degree Can Be a Stepping Stone to a Great Career

People can argue that having a degree doesn’t mean much anymore, especially since it seems that just about everyone has one. But the truth is, education is never a waste or a waste of time. Even if you don’t use your degree for a job right away, it could always come in useful later down the line. After all, between two similar candidates, an employer is always going to choose one with a degree over one who doesn’t. But what exactly can you do to ensure that your degree leads you to a good job?

Choose The Right Course

Degrees can be a bit like hairstyles. Something that suits you now might not necessarily be your style later down the line. Therefore if you choose a very niche subject, you might be restricting yourself with the kind of jobs it opens you up to later. Try picking something a little more broad, for example, English rather than journalism, or psychology rather than forensics. If you go on to do a masters or PHD, you could always specialise in something more specific later down the line once you’ve worked out exactly what you want to do in your career.

Get a Great Degree Grade

Any degree is better than no degree,but of course, the higher grade you get will mean more opportunities. Particularly when it comes to applying for academic jobs, as the students with firsts will be prioritised over 2.1s, 2.2s and thirds. Don’t leave coursework until the last minute, spend time researching, planning and carefully writing each piece. A thesis writing service can offer things like professional proofreading, outlines and guidance meaning you can get the very best score every time. Spend time revising, set out a timetable and stick with it. Don’t just leave it until the last minute and cram, if you take it seriously and try your hardest, you’re far more likely to get a better result.

Pick The Right University

The best universities will have the best teachers and generally have better scores. The universities you get accepted for will depend on the A level results you got, but do plenty of research before applying. Not only will you be more likely to do better at a better university but it’s something employers will look at too. Getting into a well-respected university in the first place looks impressive on your CV and will help you stand out from the crowd.

Do Some Voluntary Work

While you’re still in university, it can be a good idea to get some voluntary work behind you too. That way when you graduate you already have some experience in the field, and it shows employers that you’re serious about snagging the job that you want. During your second and third years at university, many courses have free periods, these would be a perfect example to squeeze in some voluntary work in the field you’re interested in. For example, if you’re studying psychology you could seek voluntary work with the courts, police, prison services or in a mental health hospital.


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