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Undergraduate Study

 

Whether you’re sure of the career you want to pursue when you graduate or you’re looking to explore your options, we’ll help you to prepare for your future.

  • 89% of our students who responded to the Graduate Outcomes Survey were in work or further study within 15 months of graduating¹
  • Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2021)

Transferable skills

The majority of graduate employers recruit students with any degree discipline. It’s the flexibility of your degree, as well as the range of transferable skills that you develop, that are of interest to employers.

Cambridge students are typically ambitious, intelligent, motivated, hard-working, 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.   

Dedicated support and guidance

Once you’re at Cambridge, you can work with our dedicated Careers Service from day one to explore your career options. The team of experienced and impartial careers advisers can help you connect with employers and navigate the complex job market, saving you time and maximising your employability prospects. The Careers Service run a range of workshops on topics including choosing a career, cover letters, applications and getting ready for interviews. They also organise more than 200 careers events and briefing and skills sessions, and typically around 15 major careers fairs each year.

See the Careers Service website for further information.

Internships and work experience

Our industry connections provide a range of opportunities for you to undertake work experience, enhancing your CV ready for graduation. Thousands of opportunities are publicised across all sectors on the Careers Service’s Handshake site, with bursaries offered to support unpaid opportunities with charities.

Networking opportunities

The Careers Service’s alumni database, GradLink, will give you access to contact details for over 1,200 Cambridge alumni working in a huge range of industries who can offer first-hand advice. The Service also runs more than 50 employment-related skills training sessions and can offer information on occupations, further study courses and funding.

Graduate employment destinations

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of industries, from social work and education, to legal activities and finance. The list below shows the top ten occupations of respondents to the Graduate Outcomes Survey (15 months after graduation).¹

  1. Medical practitioner
  2. Programmer/software development professional
  3. Management consultants and business analysts
  4. Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  5. Marketing associate professionals
  6. Business and related associate professionals
  7. Secondary education teaching professionals
  8. Primary and nursery teaching professionals
  9. University researchers
  10. Higher education teaching professionals

For further information, see www.information-hub.admin.cam.ac.uk/university-profile/graduate-outcomes

Further study

Our degrees don’t just prepare you for employment – usually, more than a quarter of our graduates each year progress into further study or training.¹ We offer world-leading graduate education, with over 300 graduate courses spanning 21 types of qualification. Visit www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk for more details.

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¹ Based on responses to the Graduate Outcomes Survey. This records the outcomes of students who completed their studies between August 2017 and July 2018. 62.4 per cent of graduates responded to the survey,