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Potential Careers

In recent years the vast majority of graduates have entered employment after graduation. Of those completing undergraduate degrees in the Information School, many of them enter information and IT-related roles in sectors such as banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, and law. Others use their strong organisational, analytical and problem solving skills in occupational areas such as sales and marketing. A small number of graduates are working in non-graduate roles six months after graduation, mainly in customer service positions, developing further skills and experience in preparation for their graduate career.

In the longer term, graduates develop careers in areas such as information management, IT systems management, systems analysis, and web design. Others move into more general graduate roles such as accounting, marketing, or human resources management.

Graduates from the Information School’s postgraduate courses enter a wide range of information-related roles, including librarianship in the academic, public library and specialist library fields, and information management or IT development roles in all types of organisation across all sectors.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Information - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider, such as information scientist or information manager. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

Options with your subject - Computer Science / IT | Information Systems

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources