Career sectors

Many jobs and careers are open to graduates from any degree whilst others require specialist study. Exploring the different sectors that are out there and what opportunities they offer can help you identify the key transferable skills that employers are looking for. The following pages contain links and resources to help you research different job sectors, find opportunities and identify key employers from across the southwest.

While using these pages to research sectors do:

  • research the sector and job roles within it
  • follow companies on LinkedIn and make connections with those already in the field to find out more about what your job would involve. Check out our LinkedIn page to find out more about networking and improving your profile
  • take a look at our digital publications including the sector specific resources
  • make the most of any contacts you have in order to gain work experience in this field before applying for work
  • explore our considering further study page – some industries may require further study before you apply for jobs
  • take a look at our graduate jobs page which will also give you tips on applying for graduate jobs
  • sign up for notifications on myCareer so you receive information about job and event opportunities in the sector you are interested in.

Remember the Careers Service is here to help, drop into the Student Hub, book an appointment online, ring or email careers@plymouth.ac.uk if you would like more support.

Academic and research

For some students, the love of their subject inspires them to continue to study at masters and PhD level which naturally leads onto a career in academia. Opportunities for academics exist across the UK's highly developed university sector and across the world. PhDs are also very welcome for people entering the teaching profession at all levels.

However, there are many other options doctoral graduates may wish to consider in areas including roles in IT, finance, human resources (HR). Plus, also science-related careers in healthcare, engineering and manufacturing, energy and utilities, government research or environment and agriculture.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Prospects – Your PhD, what next?

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector. 

  • Chase Pharmaceutical Recruitment – agency specialising in medical sales with section for new graduates 
  • Emedcareers – specialist recruitment website providing graduates with the very latest entry level jobs in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries
  • Find a PhD.com is a comprehensive guide to PhD studentships and postgraduate research degrees
  • Jobs.ac.uk – UK and international job search for academic, research and science opportunities 
  • MOD – jobs and information for scientists and engineers in the defence industry 
  • Nature – 1000s of science jobs 
  • New Scientist – science news and job opportunities 
  • Pharma Jobs – agency specialising in medical sales positions 
  • PhDportal – Find and compare PhD programs and postgraduate doctorate studies 
  • Postgraduate Studentships – Find postgraduate funding for 100s of masters and PhD programmes 
  • QinetiQ – largest UK science and technology organisation 
  • Research – vacancies across the UK and Ireland, covering roles in research policy, management, support 
  • Vitae – professional and career development for researchers. Content includes: 'What do researchers do?' and 'Pursuing an academic career'.

Scientific research and professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector. 

Southwest employment and employers

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates. 

  • The Met Office 
  • DSTL Porton Down
  • There are 14 universities in the Southwest including three Russell Group HEIs. These include University of Exeter, University of Bristol, and University of Bath.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages where all University of Plymouth subjects are covered in detail.

Accounting and financial services

Accounts professionals may work in financial management, auditing, tax, forensic and compliance roles, amongst others and be employed in private (also known as public) practice accounting firms, ‘in house’ within organisation finance departments, retail and investment banks. Chartered accountants may choose professional training through ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA from a wide range of degree disciplines. The largest employers of accounting professionals are the public administration, education and health sectors and ‘The Big Five’ that consist of Accenture, PWC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG, with PWC the market leader. The majority of employers are small and medium-sized firms.

Financial services firms may include retail and investment banks, broking, consultancy and risk management firms, insurance and underwriting providers, actuarial services and pensions providers and investors, responsible for providing clients with financial products and services and forecasting and investment of funds.

The accounting sector employs over 800,000 accountants and accounts related employees in the UK, responsible for the 'collection, analysis and reporting of financial information' which is core to commercial success and the economy, contributing £59 million to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and key employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Advertising, PR and marketing

There is sometimes confusion over how similar job roles are across advertising, public relations (PR) and marketing. All three areas welcome graduates from all degree disciplines but employers eagerly seek graduates with high-level communication and digital skills. 

In most cases, roles in advertising, PR and marketing are quite different. 

The UK's advertising sector is one of the most highly developed and many large agencies have offices right across the world. Roles in advertising agencies tend to be specific and split between working on the creative side (art director, copywriter) or the business side (account management, business planning and research). Advertising agencies are situated predominantly in London, although there are a few located in Manchester and Birmingham.

Marketing and PR agencies are more widely spread across the country and many organisations may choose to have their in-house department. In-demand skills include a strong understanding of social media platforms, digital skills in web, photography and video manipulation, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Having relevant work experience can increase your chance of success. Experience can also be gained through writing and using social media channels through university clubs and societies, newspapers and video production and used in any application.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for: 

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector. 

  • Bubblejobs – niche online jobs board for the latest online marketing, social media, digital, advertising, and graphic design jobs from the UK’s top employers
  • Campaign – specialist marketing, advertising and PR job website
  • Marketing Week Online – news and job vacancies in the marketing sector
  • Only Marketing Jobs – search and apply on Only Marketing Jobs for the latest marketing jobs and vacancies
  • Simply Marketing – job vacancies in the marketing sector
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing – The world's largest community of marketers that support, represent and develop marketers, teams, leaders and the marketing profession as a whole
  • The Drum – jobs in design, advertising, marketing, digital, social media and PR.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector. 

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the leading UK companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region, however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages. 

Animal care

Working with animals can be a competitive sector for graduates, although there are increasing numbers of new opportunities within areas such as the animal behavioural sector. Direct roles include working in zoos, conservation, animal protection, animal science and nutrition, the armed forces, research, and farming. Many job roles can be working outside in all weathers, however there are many more jobs in areas indirectly associated with animals including fundraising, marketing, education, and finance.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector. 

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, training and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the leading UK companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region, however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Armed forces and emergency services

Armed forces

The armed forces are the collective name given to the three main services that defend the United Kingdom and its overseas territories. The Royal Navy, the Royal Airforce, and the British Army all seek to recruit substantial numbers of graduates throughout the year. As a serving member of the armed forces, you could be employed in a wide range of roles ranging from combat roles to technical roles, learning development offices to musicians, military police to pharmacist officers. These roles are further supported by civilian personnel working in the Ministry of Defence (gov.uk) or one of its agencies. Getting experience in advance is beneficial and this can be gained by joining the Devon Royal Navy University Unit or one of the reserve forces units locally.

Emergency services

The emergency services in the UK are provided by the Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and Coastguard Services. The coordination of the services is provided by emergency planners who direct each service to ensure emergencies are dealt with in the most successful and time efficient way possible. Supporting the emergency services are teams of other professionals such as probation officers, social workers, Health and Safety inspectors and trading standards officers. 

All these roles are potentially open to graduates from an extremely broad range of degree disciplines.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Prospects – Law enforcement and security services

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector. 

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector. 

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Business, consulting and management

Many big graduate recruiters have general management training schemes that allow graduates to experience management in different business areas. Typically, over two years, graduates may experience sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and retail. Upon completion, graduates can apply for a role in their preferred department when an opportunity becomes available.

Other organisations may offer specific management training schemes, where graduates can apply directly to their preferred area of interest from the start. Management training schemes are highly competitive, and many organisations require a 2:1 or above to apply.

Management consultants investigate business problems and provide advice and solutions in different business areas including, finance, operations, HR, strategy, technology, or specialist support areas such as environmental and sustainability to public and private sector organisations, charities, and social enterprises.

‘The Big Five’ independent consultancies are Accenture, PWC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG, with PWC the market leader. Many of these recruit large numbers of graduates on an annual basis directly through universities for roles in business, management, and accountancy. However, many employers seeking to fill vacancies in business and management nationally are small and medium-sized firms.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Graduate recruitment websites that advertise jobs in this sector

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Charity and development work

The charity and voluntary sector is also known as the 'third sector 'or 'not-for-profit sector'. They aim to create social rather than material wealth.

According to the UK Civil Society Almanac 2020, the voluntary sector contributed £18.2billion to the UK economy in 2017/18. The 166,592 voluntary organizations in the UK employed 909,088 people in 2019.   

Job roles can be very varied, and many organizations specifically target graduates for their broad range of specific and transferable skills. It is possible to enter the charity and development sector with any degree. Job roles include accountancy and finance, administration, advice and counselling, business development and project management, campaigning, lobbying, and fundraising, corporate social responsibility, graphic design, human resources, information technology, marketing and public relations, research and policy, retail, social care, teaching, education, and training and volunteer management and co-ordination.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Alternatively, you can reference our volunteering page to find out more.

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Bond – connects, strengthens and champions a dynamic network of civil society organisations to eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice
  • Cancer Research UK employs 4,000 people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and they're all amazing at what they do
  • CharityJob – 3000 vacancies in the charity sector
  • Elevator is a marketplace for people to list, discover and apply for ethical jobs, charity jobs and third sector jobs
  • NHS jobs
  • Third Sector Jobs – the latest vacancies in the charity sector
  • The Big Issue

The main graduate employers are:

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Chemistry and chemical engineering

There are many options open to chemists. From lab-based roles in a range of different sectors though to work in consultancy, science communication, patent management or project management. Opportunities are open to graduates with a degree, masters degree, or PhD.

It is possible to apply for roles in chemical engineering with a chemistry degree, particularly in shortage areas where employers offer some training (although you will typically need further academic qualifications in the future to become a chartered chemical engineer).

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Children and youth work

Working with children can come with its challenges but can also be extremely rewarding. These roles come with high levels of responsibilities where effective decision making is crucial. If you are thinking about a career involving children and young adults, gaining specific experience through volunteering in the local community can significantly increase your chances of getting into this competitive sector. Working with vulnerable groups may be difficult due to the sensitive nature that some roles involve. Whichever path you decide to take, all jobs involving working with children will require a regular DBS check to protect vulnerable groups. Look at some of the options available in the job roles section.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that include information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills that employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Children & Young People Now Jobs – find the latest jobs working with children and young people
  • Nursery World Jobs is a professional website for those working within the UK Early Years Sector, across all levels
  • Cache are continually investing in high quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK's leading sector specialist
  • Day Nurseries – guide to over 13,000 day nurseries and nursery schools in the UK. Providing childcare for children in the UK, also the leading review website for nurseries
  • The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training
  • jobsgopublic is a dedicated jobsite for the public and not for profit sector
  • Local Government Jobs – the local government jobs site from Jobsgopublic
  • Times Educational Supplement (TES) – the largest selection of academic, education, teaching, support and leadership positions for the world's largest network of teachers and teaching professionals.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Civil engineering, geology and the built environment

Civil engineering and the built environment cover the domestic construction industry such as house bulding and critical infrastructure projects such as roads, rail, power stations, renewable energy, and earth resources. The UK has several high-profile projects that are currently under construction or about to start. These include HS2, Cross Rail, Hinkley Point C, Dogger Bank windfarm and the controversial Heathrow expansion. These projects require graduates with a broad range of skills. Graduates from courses such as civil engineering or geology and the built environment are in high demand.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Construction and the built environment

Geology

Civil engineering

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Creative arts and design

The creative industries are vast and can cover visual art, design, media, performance, publishing and games. There is a whole range of further disciplines within each of these, which become industries in themselves. For example, interior, graphic, fashion, performance sportswear, user interface, web, and games all come under design. Likewise, film, tv production, advertising, marketing, and PR (public relations) would all fall under media. Companies in the creative industries tend to be small or medium-sized enterprises that will either employ graduates on a permanent, temporary, or freelance basis. The largest employers of creative graduates are media organisations such as the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. However, substantial amounts of creative content are subcontracted out to smaller production companies, particularly advertising and design agencies.

Having a specific degree and relevant work experience can make your CV stand out with employers, and students can gain creative experience whilst studying through freelance projects, as well as course-based and independent work experience. Many digital skills in image manipulation, video editing, social media marketing and web design are hugely transferable and make graduates employable in a wide range of creative and marketing roles across all industries.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Arts Council England – browse jobs in arts and culture
  • Arts Job Finder – arts job vacancies in arts management and administration, in theatre, dance, galleries, classical music and more
  • Animated People – jobs and opportunities within the animation industry
  • Campaign Jobs – jobs in marketing, advertising, creative and media
  • Creativepool – love your work! Life changing, hand-selected creative, advertising, design, digital, production jobs
  • Design Jobs Board
  • Design Week Jobs – vacancies in advertising, architecture, branding, exhibition, furniture interior and product design
  • GameDevMap – worldwide game employer directory

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Crime and justice

If you want to dedicate your career to protecting and serving your community, a career in the police, the prison or probation service could be for you. All three of these areas actively recruit graduates from a broad range of disciplines. Other law enforcement opportunities that offer graduate careers include Border Force, Trading Standards, and local or central government based environmental health practitioners.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that include information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills that employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Engineering

The engineering sector is vast and includes the following sectors: aeronautical, automotive, bioengineering, chemical, electronic and electrical, mechanical, renewable energy and nuclear, to name a few. Graduates with engineering degrees are in high demand. You might be surprised to know that many companies have roles for graduates in a range of disciplines including marketing, HR, IT, sales, planning and project management. So, if you like the sound of working for an organisation that designs, innovates and creates some of the products or services you admire, there might be an opportunity for you other than pure engineering.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate engineer as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Environment and conservation

Within environment and conservation, there is a wide range of job roles within the public, private and charity sectors. Government bodies such as Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), The Environment Agency, Natural England and local authorities and charities employ tens of thousands of people. Increasingly, private engineering companies are hiring specific graduates into environmental consultancy roles for engineering projects across the UK and abroad.

Opportunities in conservation exist right across the UK and abroad with organisations such as the Wildlife Trust Network, charities and zoological parks. Graduate roles include both working in the field directly with projects as well as more back-office roles such as fundraising, marketing and design.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Government and public services

The government and public services sector employ considerable amounts of graduates across a broad range of subject areas.

Graduate schemes are available in central and local government, political parties, lobbying groups, policymakers and think tanks. Most are highly competitive, with the Civil Service Fast Stream being a popular choice for graduates.

You will need a genuine interest in politics and the impact that decisions have on people and organisations. If you are confident and competent with quantitative information, there are more job options available to you.

You will need to consider whether you want to be involved in party politics or whether you want to change the way politics is done, for example, advocacy, lobbying or campaigning. You may decide to support the process of government through the Civil Service or local government.

Organisations vary in size; the Civil Service employs over half a million people, however, think tanks may only employ a few. Short term contracts are common within political parties, but opportunities within the Civil Service can be a career for life.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Understanding the Civil Service
  • Civil Service Fast Stream – entry to the Civil Service
  • Working for the Civil Service
  • MI5 – homeland security
  • MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service tasked with working overseas
  • GCHQ – communications work for linguists, political analysts and IT specialists
  • Dstl – the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom
  • Government Statistical Service – the Government Statistical Service (GSS) is a community for all civil servants working in the collection, production and communication of official statistics
  • Government Operational Research Service (GORS) – supports policy-making, strategy and operations in many different departments and agencies
  • Government Actuary's Department – the Government Actuary’s Department provides actuarial solutions including risk analysis, modelling and advice to support the UK public sector
  • National Audit Office – an independent Parliamentary body in the United Kingdom which is responsible for auditing central government departments, government agencies and non-departmental public bodies
  • Financial Conduct Authority – the Financial Conduct Authority is a financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom, but operates independently of the UK Government, and is financed by charging fees to members of the financial services industry
  • EU Careers – EPSO’s core mission is to meet the EU institutions’ recruitment needs by selecting talented candidates through generalist and specialist competitions
  • W4MP – site has section offering jobs and internships with MPs, lobby firms and political parties
  • Unlocked Graduate Scheme – for becoming a Prison Officer
  • National Graduate Development Programme – The Local Government Graduate Scheme
  • UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Smart Thinking – jobs in policy and think tanks

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Healthcare

The NHS (National Health Service) is the largest employer in Europe. Together with Social Services and agencies working within the health and social care sector they employ large numbers of people in a wide variety of roles. In addition to this, it may be possible to work in private hospitals or in industry for biotech companies. Many of the graduate level jobs require a vocational degree or postgraduate degree for entry. There are opportunities for graduates, not only in healthcare practitioner roles but also in management, scientific and support roles. Quality patient care is at the centre of all healthcare.

The recent expansion of accelerated degree programmes in medicine and allied health professions such as nursing and physiotherapy has attracted many Plymouth graduates and the University has a flourishing Faculty of Health.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest. Many jobs and opportunities are within the NHS, especially roles whereby a post qualification period of experience is necessary. Jobs within the southwest are located within county boundaries of the county councils / NHS trusts.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Hospitality and event management

Hospitality

There is a vast range of hospitality careers available in contract catering/food service management; hotels; leisure attractions; pubs, bars and nightclubs; restaurants and coffee shops; self-catering and holiday centres. Companies in the hospitality sector also recruit to a range of head office functions such as finance, IT, HR, customer service, sales and marketing, property and legal and general management. Graduate schemes in hospitality are often focused on these roles. Many more of the UK’s hotels and restaurants are independently owned SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and most pubs and bars are micro businesses employing fewer than ten people. Self-employment and running your own independent bar, pub or franchise may be a route you would like to consider in the future.

Events management

Events management careers can cover conference management; corporate days out and product launches; entertainment and sporting events; fundraising; wedding and party planning, and exhibition management. You could work for a company, a particular venue or an event supplier. Large companies such as hotel chains and contract caterers also recruit event managers, whilst some major charities have fundraising roles that involve some event planning. As with hospitality careers, another option is to become self-employed as a freelancer in the events industry.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Hospitality

Events management

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest. This is a small snapshot of the most well-known 5 star hotels in the local area. However, considering the southwest is such a major holiday destination there are hundreds if not thousands of hospitality providers.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

HR and recruitment

To work in HR and recruitment, it is essential that you possess excellent communication and influencing skills as you will need to negotiate and network with employees of all levels, including senior management. Human resources, commonly known as HR, is an essential role within all organizations. Those employed within HR can be responsible for the recruitment of staff, staff development, training, conduct, capability and occasionally, staff dismissal.

The recruitment industry, despite its similarities with HR, is a very different kind of business. Recruitment agencies make money by finding appropriate staff for an organisation. They find candidates for vacant positions within organizations, saving time and money so that their business clients can focus on what they are good at. Recruitment agencies either specialise in specific industries or have several disciplines in which they recruit.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector. However, the job market for HR and recruitment is very buoyant so nation and regional job websites are also key resources.

  • Personnel Today Jobs – find HR news and your next human resources job
  • HRZone – forum for jobs, discussion groups, blogs and latest news for HR
  • People Management – human resources jobs, and work-related news and events.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Information technology

The information technology sector continues to grow and demand for graduates with a degree in computer science is extremely high across a broad range of sectors including banking, commerce, legal, games and education. Careers in information technology are open to graduates with relevant degrees such as computer science and those with a non-relevant degree. In recent years relevant software and programming experience have been core to many non-computing degrees and skills such as these are in high demand by graduate employers. Postgraduate conversion courses are also available for graduates wishing to upskill themselves and increase their chances of entering the IT industry.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Amazon – with hundreds of roles in Amazon's offices and fulfilment centres across the United Kingdom, we are sure you will find an opportunity for a great career at Amazon
  • CWjobs – the leading UK IT job board. Search information technology jobs and apply online
  • Into Games – a non-profit that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry
  • Grads in Games – improving the link between the games industry and academia. Help and advice for students on how to find and prepare for jobs in the games industry
  • Protocol – a leading provider of flexible staffing and recruitment services in the education, skills, training and employability sectors
  • Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people
  • Technojobs – the IT and technical job site.
  • Sparta Global is a technology services company specialising in the provision of highly skilled technology consultants
  • Thinkproject provides AECO professionals and organisations with digital solutions that combine the power of data and real-world experience to give you a competitive edge
  • Virgin Media – explore the latest career opportunities with Virgin Media across sales, customer services, marketing, IT, engineering, graduates and much more.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Law

A career in law is open to both law and non-law graduates. For anyone with a non-law degree, a one-year GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) will give you an equivalent qualification and access to the two-year LPC (Legal Practice Course), also known as a training contract.

For many, legal careers are about becoming barristers or solicitors. However, there are many other opportunities for law graduates, including patent or trade mark attorneys, paralegals, legal executives, licensed conveyancers and barristers’ clerks. 

For a successful law career, you will need analytical and research skills, good communication skills, and the ability to work with clients. You will also have personal integrity and commercial awareness. You can develop many of these skills through activities you engage with at university. Gaining law-related experience can help you decide if this career area is right for you, which roles to target, and demonstrate your commitment and motivation for the law.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Media, journalism and publishing

Media, journalism, and publishing are popular career choices for graduates, and therefore highly competitive. Many opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline but demonstrating the relevant skills and experience may put you at a distinct advantage. So take advantage of opportunities within student newspapers, radio and social media, or video production to significantly enhance your CV. 

For those seeking a career in newspaper, broadcast journalism, television, film production or publishing, you may want to consider a vocational postgraduate course to help you build industry-related skills and give you the confidence to compete for opportunities within this sector. 

You can find a list of postgraduate courses in the UK on the Prospects website.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • BBC careers – the latest jobs with the BBC
  • Channel 4 – job opportunities and training schemes
  • The Guardian – media and new media opportunities
  • Mandy is the #1 jobs platform for actors, performers, filmmakers and production crew
  • Broadcast – hundreds of broadcast, TV and radio-related job opportunities from major broadcasters, TV production companies, to television channels
  • Talent Circle is aimed at anyone that works in front of or behind the camera, stage, microphone or audience
  • Endemol Shine is the leading producer behind a range of hits including global entertainment formats, multi-award-winning drama, genre defining factual and innovative digital content
  • The Unit List – jobs in broadcasting and TV
  • Campaign Jobs – hundreds of jobs and opportunities in creative, media and marketing
  • BookCareers – how to job search in book publishing
  • The Bookseller – jobs in books
  • Publishing Scotland – the network body for the book publishing industry in Scotland
  • Penguin Random House – jobs and opportunities in one of the top three publishers in the UK
  • HarperCollins – jobs and opportunities in one of the top three publishers in the UK
  • Pan MacMillan – jobs and opportunities in one of the top three publishers in the UK

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate engineer as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Marine biology and ocean science

Our oceans and seas are of great importance – not only are they used for shipping, they are also important for sources of food, raw materials, energy and leisure. Scientists have a range of roles to play, depending on their area of interest.

Oceanographers and marine scientists analyse the sea and its interaction with the land, atmosphere, sea floors, animal life and plants. The information obtained is used to predict changes to the earth's climate, impact on coastal infrastructure, and used to inform statutory legislation and encourage environmental protection.

Hydrographic surveyors, or hydrographers examine and produce detailed plans of seabed's, harbours and waterways by measuring and mapping underwater surfaces. The information may be used to produce charts to aid navigation and dredging, locating offshore resources (oil, gas, aggregate), positioning offshore wind farms, oil platforms and subsea cables, planning dock installations and monitoring erosion.

Jobs in marine science can be competitive although obtaining relevant experience and a postgraduate qualification can give you a distinct advantage. Graduates in this sector are employed by organisations involved in scientific research such as universities, government agencies, NGOs, conservation charities, as well as commercial organisations that need specific expertise in environmental and marine ocean science.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies, societies and institutes

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Property and housing

From designing homes to building and selling them, there's a whole range of property jobs in the construction industry to pursue. There are graduate careers in architecture, engineering, property development, and town planning. Although training to become an architect is specialised, some roles are open to all graduates. There is also a range of specialist postgraduate courses on offer that allow graduates to become professionally qualified. These include town planning, surveying and conservation and sustainability.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Renewable energy and utilities

Playing a central role in helping to offset the impact of climate change, the UK's renewable energy industry is at the forefront of technological development, with a range of careers for graduates. From wind turbines to solar panels and tidal barrages to biofuels and geothermal energy, clean and renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly familiar to all of us. They are now more important than ever as world governments attempt to meet international targets for reducing carbon emissions.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for: 

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Renewables

Gas and Electricity

General

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

  • RenewableUK, formerly known as the British Wind Energy Association, is the trade association for wind power, wave power and tidal power industries in the United Kingdom. RenewableUK has over 660 corporate members, from wind, wave and tidal stream power generation and associated industries.
  • Regen is a not-for-profit centre of energy expertise and market insight whose mission is to transform the world's energy systems for a zero-carbon future.
  • Energy Saving Trust is a British organization devoted to promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the sustainable use of energy, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and helping to prevent man-made climate change
  • Nuclear Industry Association – the trade association and information body for the UK civil nuclear industry
  • International Atomic Energy Association
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate engineer as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you? 

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages. 

Retail, sales and merchandising

Retail, sales and merchandising are one of the largest private sectors employing approximately three million people. A range of large employers offers structured graduate-entry programmes for future managers in supermarkets, car rental companies, online retailers, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and technology firms. 

The opportunities in retail are vast. They include store management, purchasing, merchandising, customer service, logistics, gallery manager, and visual merchandising.

Opportunities in sales include sales executive, medical sales representative, customer service manager, business development manager, estate agent, recruitment consultant and sales promotion account executive.

Experience of working in retail or sales can look good on your CV to highlight skills such as customer service, working in a fast-paced environment, or dealing with problematic customers.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Target Jobs – retail, merchandising and buying

Prospects – retail

Prospects – sales

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Drapers Jobs – fashion retail jobs board
  • The Grocer – job board for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)
  • RetailChoice – extensive job board for retail opportunities, try searching for ‘graduate’
  • Retail Week – industry news, very useful for researching the sector before graduate job interviews
  • Simply Sales Jobs – extensive sales jobs board, try searching for ‘graduate’
  • Sage is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility and efficiency to manage finances, operations and people
  • Virgin Media – explore the latest career opportunities with Virgin Media across sales, customer services, marketing, IT, engineering, graduates and much more

Retail and merchandising graduate schemes

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Science and research including pharmaceuticals

The science and research sector are mainly open to graduates with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) degree. However, both a masters degree and PhD are highly valued. Scientific areas of work include biotechnology, health, energy, food, transport and security.

Graduates find employment in various organisations that include multinational companies, contract research organisations, government agencies, universities, research councils, hospitals, manufacturing and small and medium enterprises.

Job roles in the science and research sector include research and development, scientific communication, data analysis, information, scientific services, healthcare, legal roles and the commercialisation of science.

Graduates can cross over into different scientific areas either by pursuing a postgraduate qualification or seeking relevant experience.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Sport, leisure and event management

The sports, leisure and events sector offer a broad range of opportunities for graduates, with many connected to specific services such as sports and fitness, running sports centres, event management, marketing and promotion, film and tv and even technical IT. Many sports are far more complex nowadays than they ever used to be and have a raft of organisations and associations behind them that may well offer up a range of opportunities for graduates.

There are very few graduate schemes available in this sector although ones that do exist tend to be limited to larger organisations. Therefore, experience can be crucial. You can gain this through part-time jobs or voluntary work, and you will need to consider how you can best add your own experience to your CV. Rather than applying for vacancies through a formal recruitment process, networking can also be a great way to find out about opportunities. So, think about building your network from an industry perspective.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Social and community

There is a broad range of opportunities for graduates in the social and community services sector. Most roles involve helping people constructively with the challenges they face within our society. Employment opportunities exist in the public sector (local and national government and agencies), charities, social enterprises, and commercial organisations. You could be working with children, the elderly, teenagers, families or people with difficulties. Some difficulties may include substance misuse or problems with housing.

Some job roles are open to graduates from any degree discipline, whilst some require a postgraduate professional qualification obtained from any UK university.

If you relish the opportunity of using your interpersonal skills and can work sympathetically with a wide range of people, then social, guidance and community work is worth considering.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • Think Ahead (graduate programme) – the Think Ahead programme is a new route into social work, for those remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems
  • Charity Job – 3000+ jobs available in the not-for-profit sector at Charity Job
  • Charityworks – the UK's non-profit sectors talent programme
  • Third Sector Jobs – non-profit and public sector recruitment
  • Worthwhile.org.uk – Worthwhile trains career starters from brilliant charities and social enterprises
  • Frontline – our mission is to create social change for children who do not have a safe or stable home
  • Unlocked Graduates – graduate scheme for prison work
  • Police Now – graduate scheme for policing
  • NGDP – National Graduate Development Programme – graduate scheme for local government work
  • Volunteering Matters – the leading UK volunteering charity engaging more than 20,000 volunteers each year through over 100 programmes

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Teaching and education

The teaching and education sector is one of the largest in the UK. Professionals in this sector are in high demand and, whilst it can be a challenging career, it can be hugely rewarding.

Crucial skills required for success in this sector include patience, resilience and organisation, but if you possess these skills and want to enter the profession, there are many routes you can take. Look at Get Into Teaching to find out more.

Remember, teaching isn’t the only career option available in this sector:

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

  • British Council – the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities
  • Explore Learning offers maths and English, SATs and eleven-plus tuition. Available online and in centres across the UK
  • Get Into Teaching – Official Department for Education information to help you become a teacher. Covering funding, teacher training, salaries, benefits and how to apply
  • Jobs.ac.uk – UK and international job search for academic, research and science opportunities
  • Teach First is a charity that develops and supports teachers and leaders who are determined to make a difference where it's needed the most
  • Teaching Vacancies is a free job-listing service from the Department for Education
  • Times Educational Supplement – the largest selection of academic, education, teaching, support and leadership positions for the world's largest network of teachers and teaching professionals
  • Worldteachers – recruits teachers for international schools, primarily in the Middle East and also in Eastern Asia and Australasia

Recruitment agencies/supply agencies include:

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate engineer as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Theatre and performing arts

Opportunities in theatre and the performing arts have been significantly affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Optimistically, the recovery is now well on the way for music venues and theatres to open again. Graduates need to show off their creative talents through a showreel, a portfolio or a website for their work to be seen or heard. In addition, graduates may also need to pay a subscription to a casting platform to be discovered, such as Spotlight.

The UK has a strong history of creative talent that has been exported across the world for many years. However, competition is fierce and gaining experience of performing outside of your studies can significantly assist confidence, network, and opportunities.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Performance

  • Arts Jobs – free mailing list and jobs / news resource run by the Arts Council
  • The Stage – a weekly newspaper and website covering the entertainment industry, and particularly theatre
  • Spotlight – UK's leading subscription casting website
  • Entertainers Worldwide Jobs – subscription based vacancy website for musicians, DJs, and entertainers
  • Article 19 – contemporary dance online

Broadcasting and film

  • ScreenSkills – TV and film-based network committed to delivering training, resources, and opportunities across the UK
  • Mandy is a job platform for cast crew and creative professionals
  • Talent Circle is aimed at anyone that works in front of or behind the camera, stage, microphone, or audience
  • Grapevine Jobs – jobs in TV, video and broadcasting
  • The Unit List – entry level vacancies with film and TV productions in the UK
  • The Knowledge is a comprehensive production directory of crew and information on UK film, TV and commercials
  • BBC Jobs
  • ITV Jobs
  • Channel 4 Jobs

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

  • Theatre Royal is one of the UK's largest regional producing theatres

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

Transport, logistics and supply chain

The pandemic has shown us the importance of a well-functioning network for goods and services. It is a crucial part of our economy and currently an area of heavy investment with the addition of two major rail projects, HS2 and Cross Rail.

Despite this, graduates tend to overlook a career in transport and logistics. Both large and small transport and logistics businesses offer graduate opportunities, some recruiting annually through some excellent graduate schemes. In addition to this, some larger transport companies recruit graduates to HR (human resources), finance, IT, sales, marketing, communications, and procurement roles.

Job roles

Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:

Where to find jobs

Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.

Professional bodies

Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.

Southwest employment and employers

The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.

Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.

Where could your degree take you?

Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.

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