What to do if you want a job in a different field to your degree

By Maryam Munir on 19-05-2017 0 comments | 94 views

When we were all younger we would be asked what we wanted to be when we were older and we would say a teacher or a police officer and then when asked the next time, we would want to be an actor or a dentist. This childhood problem however of changing our minds about the career we want is not just a phase. The majority of us changed our minds when thinking about what career we wanted and what we wanted to study in university, and even once graduating from university, you may change your mind about finding a job related to your degree.

It is not uncommon for people to have a degree in a particular subject and then wanting to find a job in a different field instead. Throughout your time at university you may have realised that a job in your degree field may not be for you and you may have realised what job field you actually do want to go into, which is not a shock or a surprise as this is in fact very common today.

If you are one of those who have graduated, or are likely to graduate very soon and want to find a job in a different field, fear not and simply follow these essential tips.

Get Experience:

Like any job, the best thing for you to do is to get out or just search the internet and find relevant work experience. As you have studied a degree that might not be related to that job, that does not mean that you are not suitable for the job and the best way to show your determination is by doing some work experience.

A two-week work placement for example could be the best place for you to see what it is like to work in that specific field, motivating you to then find more work experience and apply for any jobs you can get.

Employers want to see your passion for the job and it is no secret that to land some jobs, you need to have experience and in addition, what better way is there to show prospective employers that you have the skills and qualities they need by showing that you have built up such skills or qualities in your work experience.

Connect With People in the Same Job Field:

With the internet and social media it is very easy for you to get out there and built a relationship with those who are in the same field you are entering, allowing you to form a relationship with these people and receive advice from them. Twitter or LinkedIn can help you to become part of a network that will not only help you but could also bring you more job or work experience opportunities, so do not waste any time on following your future boss on Twitter (but make sure your profile is the best it can be).

Gather Knowledge About That Field:

In university you will have learnt many things, some which are not relevant to the field you are going into or some which are relevant, however as you want a job in a different field, you need to know as much as possible about that field.

This does not mean cramming a university degree into your head after graduating but rather means knowing the essential details about what the field is, something you may already know however if you decided on entering this job field during your time at university.

So if you are one of those looking for a job in a different field to your degree, do not worry. You are certainly not alone and you will be able to succeed in the field you want to if you are simply determined and can show off your skills through work experience.

Maryam Munir is a StudentJob blogger, and is currently in her first year at Brunel University London studying Journalism. Check out her Blog and Follow her on Twitter!


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