Options with any Degree
Did you know that, apart from professions requiring specialist training such as engineering and science etc. there are few career options closed to you through your choice of undergraduate subjects? While in general, different career paths are followed by graduates of different faculties, there is a wide range of options open to those of any discipline. These include:
- Human Resources & Training
- Financial & Legal
- Publishing & Information/Library
- Social Services
- Travel and Tourism
- Media & Communication
- Arts & Culture
- Management Consultancy,
- Computing & IT
- Public Service
- Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme)
- Education (options open for a wide range of degree disciplines but not all)
With up to half of graduate jobs open to any discipline, the quality of your degree and your experience is far more important than your subjects.
If you are keen on finding employment related to your degree subject, use the links below to explore options with your degree
Careers Interest Tests, Psychometric Tests & Self-Assessment Tests
Use the Assessment Tests below to identify your characteristics and to generate career options that match.
Prospects Planner - Recommended
As job exploration tool Prospects Planner aims to help you to
- Identify what you want out of a job.
- Generate and evaluate job ideas.
- Identify what you can offer to the job/employer.
- Compare options and identify the right types of jobs to apply for.
Profiling for Success
An assessment tool which explores skills, interests, personality and learning styles. Click Take an Assessment to login and begin the tests
Choosing or Changing Course
Use the Qualifax Interest Inventory to identify career interests and use the course search to search for courses of interest to you.
Qualifax provides comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses as well as a calendar of career events and information on educational grants.
Kiersey Temperament Sorter
This is a widely used personality instrument. Click the link above to take the test and obtain a free mini report.
As well as using the Careers Interest Tests available in Discover your Career (Step 1) here are a few ideas on how to generate further career ideas.
- What information or skills do you pick up fairly easily? How could you use these in a career?
- What did you want to be when you were a child? Would you still consider these ideas?
- Make a list of jobs that people you know hold – particularly ones that appeal. Interview them about their role, why they like it and ask for their opinion.
- Browse job websites. Ignore the qualifying criteria for now, just concentrate on how each job appeals to you. What appeals to you? Why?
- Choose something you enjoy doing – even if it's something small. Create a list of careers that use this activity, or are connected to it in some way.
- Browse the Golden Pages and identify a few areas that appeal to you. Why do they appeal? What companies exist in this area?
- Consider your current or most recent job. List all the roles that are associated with it. Which ones appeal? Why?
- Read autobiographies. Which themes, careers, aspirations etc appeal to you?
- Don’t be afraid to ask people for their ideas on what you might do. Always ask them to explain the reason for their suggestions. Do you agree with or like the sound of any of these ideas?
Maynooth University graduates tell their Career Stories. Find out what they are doing now, how they got there and what advice they would give to current students and recent graduates.