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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. Our dedicated Careers Service helps you to prepare for your future, whatever path you want to follow.

Graduate prospects

  • No. 1 in the UK for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • 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 – 32.3% (compared to 15% 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 and detailed destination data for every Cambridge course can be found on the Careers Service website.

The graduate employment market

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 2017 Cambridge graduates, six months after graduation (where known).

Destinations of 2017 Cambridge graduates

Six months after graduation:

  • 58% in employment
  • 32% in further study or training
  • 4% still seeking employment or further study
  • 6% not available for employment/further study (eg year off, travelling etc)

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

The Careers Service

Our team of experienced and impartial Careers Advisers will be here to support you during your studies and beyond, regardless of the subject you’re studying, the year you’re in, your nationality, age or career interests.

Once you’re at Cambridge, we can work with you from day one to explore your options, and help you connect with employers and navigate the complex job market, saving you time and maximising your employability prospects. Whether you are sure of the career you wish to pursue when you graduate or you are just starting to explore your options, we will help you take the next steps.

When you arrive at Cambridge, look out for us at the Freshers’ Fair and at your induction talk, check your College pigeon hole for our Careers Guide and register on our website: www.careers.cam.ac.uk.

How the Careers Service can help you

Career Essentials We run one-hour ‘Careers Essentials’ workshops, on topics including choosing a career, cover letters, applications, and getting ready for interviews.
Internships and work experience More than 1,500 internships are publicised across all sectors on our Vacancies & Opportunities database, with bursaries offered to support unpaid opportunities with charities.
Researching occupations and employers
  • Over 200 careers events and briefing and skills sessions typically offered by the Careers Service each year.
  • 14 major careers fairs, including Work to Change the World, Consultancy, and Engineering, Science and Technology.
  • CamCareers email service – key information on specific careers sectors.
Finding vacancies
  • Online vacancy information on more than 5,500 organisations.
Networking with alumni
  • GradLink – our alumni database is free to our users and gives access to contact details for Cambridge alumni who can offer first-hand advice.
  • More than 50 employment related skills training sessions.
  • Information on occupations, further study courses and funding.

Beyond Cambridge: Spotlight on Careers