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Transforming your future

Cambridge has one of the highest proportions of graduates entering graduate-level employment or further study in the country. In addition, the Careers Service promotes more vacancies each year than there are Cambridge graduates seeking employment.

The Cambridge Advantage: Graduate prospects

  • No. 1 in the UK for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • 1,500+ internships and vacation placements available each year to provide valuable work experience.
  • 200+ careers events and briefing and skills sessions typically offered by the Careers Service each year.

Career destinations

Our courses are respected all over the world and Cambridge graduates of all disciplines are highly employable, so there’s no need to worry about your choice of course limiting you to one career path.

  • The majority of employers recruit students with any degree discipline.
  • It's the flexibility, teaching style and demands of your degree, as well as the range of transferable skills that you develop, that are of interest to employers.
  • Our degrees don’t just prepare students for employment – a third (32.3 per cent, compared to 15.0 per cent nationally) progress to further study or training.
  • Less than four per cent of our graduates (the national figure is five per cent) are still seeking employment or further study six months after graduation.

Examples of career destinations of recent graduates can be found in the relevant course entry as well as on the Careers Service website.

Cambridge students are ambitious, intelligent, motivated, hardworking, passionate, committed, curious, intellectually creative, independent thinkers, and able to manage their time effectively.

Employers know this and look for the same attributes in potential new employees, which is why our graduates are so sought after. The diagram below shows the destinations of 2016 Cambridge graduates, six months after graduation (where known).

Destinations of 2016 UK/EU Cambridge Graduates

Six months after graduation:

  • 57.1% in employment
  • 32.3% in further study or training
  • 3.6% still seeking employment or further study
  • 6.9% not available for employment/further study (eg year off, travelling etc)

You can view a breakdown of graduation statistics by undergraduate courses.

Transferable skills

While at Cambridge, you can develop a wide range of ‘transferable skills’ through both your studies and recreational activities, for example:

  • communication – written, aural, oral, non-verbal
  • computer literacy
  • intellectual skills – critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving
  • interpersonal skills – working with others, flexibility, adaptability
  • organisation – independent working, initiative, managing finances and time
  • research – data acquisition and analysis

It's these skills that employers are looking for when reviewing job applications. Employers value achievements and experiences gained through involvement in clubs and societies, and vacation employment as well.

Potential employers also interact with some department-based societies so you have opportunities to network and make contacts long before graduation.

The Careers Service

The Careers Service offers a wide range of services and staff can help you make informed career choices and work out what to do next, whether that's:

  • advice about internships and vacation work experience
  • matching your interests and skills to possible careers
  • postgraduate study guidance
  • job application support

There are also numerous opportunities for you to meet employers through events organised by the Careers Service and department-based societies.

And the advice and guidance don’t stop when you graduate you can continue to make use of the Careers Service at any time in the future.

How the Careers Service can help you

Choosing a career

  • Careers consultations
  • Online resources

Internships and work experience

  • More than 1,500 internships available across all sectors, with bursaries offered to support unpaid opportunities

Researching occupations and employers

  • Career information events for a range of sectors
  • More than 50 employment-related skills training sessions
  • GradLink – contact details for Cambridge alumni who can offer first-hand advice
  • Information on occupations, further study courses and funding

Finding vacancies

  • Online vacancy information on more than 5,500 organisations
  • Email subscription service

Making successful applications

  • CV and Cover Letters book written specifically for Cambridge students
  • One-to-one CV and interview advice and support


Beyond Cambridge: Spotlight on Careers

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