If you are keen on finding employment related to your degree subject, use the links below to explore options with your 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,
- 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.
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.
Careers Interest Tests, Psychometric Tests & Self-Assessment Tests: use the Assessment Tests below to identify your characteristics and to generate career options that match.
As a 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
This is an assessment tool which explores skills, interests, personality and learning styles. Use your Maynooth University email address to log in here: Profiling for Success. When you have completed the tests your report will be emailed to you.
- Verbal Analogies (v1)
- Numerical Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
- Verbal Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
- Abstract Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
- Situational Judgement Tutorial Test (v1)
- Numerical Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
- Verbal Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
- Abstract Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
- Learning Styles Indicator (vI)
- Type Dynamics Indicator Form O (vI)
- Values-based Indicator of Motivation (v1)
- Career Interest Inventory (Dodec) (v1)
Choosing or Changing Course
Use the Careers Interest Tests to identify career interests and use the Qualifax 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 (we advise that you confirm all course information with the relevant course provider too).
At Maynooth University, your education extends beyond your degree and the classroom. It's not only about acquiring academic expertise through your program but also about actively participating in experiences that cultivate essential skills and valuable insights, empowering you on your career journey. Starting to think about your career can be overwhelming, but sometimes by getting involved in activities is the best first step, as it helps you realise your values, interests, and motivations. Our advice is to get involved.
Getting fully involved in campus life and all it has to offer will help you to grow and develop skills which increase your employability and readiness for the world of work. The experiences you gain can help to guide your future career.
Make friends, develop, and build networks while you are in Maynooth University by getting involved in clubs, societies, and campus initiatives to gain an understanding of different career sectors, be aware of upcoming opportunities, and develop the social skills you will need to launch your career.
- Join at least one club and/or society, and get involved in their activities (hyperlink to info on this).
- Start the Maynooth University Student Experience (MUSE) Award which can help you identify the skills you already have, and future opportunities for development.
- Attend Maynooth Students Union Events (link to website) or Academic Department Events.
- Sign up to the MU Mentoring Programme and gain insights from a professional about where your degree can take you (eligible students only).
As well as using the Careers Interest Tests available above, 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.
- Consider your current or most recent job. List all the roles that are associated with it. Which ones appeal? Why?
- 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? You don't have to listen to their suggestions - you will know yourself better but it can be a useful way to get more ideas!
- Have a look at our Alumni Mentoring Programme. This is a chance to meet with past graduates who can talk to you about their career journey. It is a very useful way to explore some options.
- The Career Pathway activities on our Careers Connect portal can also help you.
Our Careers Advisers are available to meet with you to talk. You don't have to know what you want to do before you meet with us. We are happy to talk to students who have no idea where to go or how to start – we'll do our best to help you make a plan to get started in exploring some options – you can work at your own pace and come back to meet with us several times if you'd like.