Thinking about your job prospects can be helpful in deciding between courses, particularly if this is your main reason for studying at this level.
Here we give ideas of what to think about and suggest information that can help.
Graduate employment and earnings
Looking at what students who have completed the course are now doing can give you an idea what you may be able to do when finishing the course.
The data we have on our course pages includes:
- the percentage of students employed or doing further study
- the types of jobs students are doing
- how much they are earning.
Using the data
There are some things you need to be aware of when using this data to compare courses:
Everyone is different
There are lots of factors other than the course that can affect someone’s employment prospects and choices.
Labour markets change
This means data from past students can only give you an idea of what a graduate might do or earn in the future.
Salaries and the cost of living vary across regions in the UK
If students from a course go on to work in a region where pay is higher, their salary may be more than those doing the same job in an area where pay is lower. Where you end up working can affect your earnings. But this can also affect how much you need to earn as the cost of living may be cheaper.
Think about the long term
In some careers you won't earn as much at first, but your long-term earning potential could still be the same or better. Conversely, you could choose a career that offers an excellent starting salary, but might not increase as much over time.
Only make decisions based on large differences in outcomes
Small differences between courses are unlikely to be meaningful, so it’s not a good idea to base decisions on them.
And if you are considering a course where employment outcomes don’t look as good as others, you might want to talk to the university or college about the reasons for that so you can decide if it’s a good option for you.
Careers and employability support
As well as the skills you develop from your course, universities and colleges offer other support to help prepare you for your career.
Where to find information
You can find information on what kind of careers support universities and colleges will provide on their websites by following the links on our course pages. You can also speak to their careers services about what is available.
If you’re studying to get into a particular career, you may need to take a course with professional accreditation. Or sometimes accreditations show that employers endorse the course. This means that they recognise it gives students skills and knowledge for employment in a particular sector.
Where to find information
You can see any professional accreditations, and what these mean for students, on our course pages. You can find further information on the professional body’s website.
Things to do
- Look at what types of jobs you can do with different degrees on the Prospects website.
- Find out about opportunities for work experience.
- Talk to academics about links with industry.
- Look at our course pages to find out what others have gone on to do and how much they're earning.
- Look at information on the careers service pages of university and college websites.