There are lots of starting points for choosing a career and using your subject is just one of them. You are not restricted to the career ideas below and you may wish to consider additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.
Remember too that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject and so your options are much broader than the examples given below.
Firstly, have a think about what ‘using your subject’ means to you and what you’re really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it’s a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?
Using your subject can help provide you with some focus for your career research, but the broader your interests the more career options you will have open to you. Use our resources below to stimulate your thinking.
Generating career ideas with the Information School
Using the resources below you can start to create your own list of career ideas to research
- Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
- Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
- Browse the career ideas for Information School graduates on Prospects and TargetJobs but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
- Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject. Our Information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start.
Some career ideas for Information School graduates
Information officers manage and develop information to make it easily accessible to others. As well as traditional library materials this role will involve working with electronic information, including online databases, content management systems, open access and digital resources. Job titles in this area can vary so it’s advisable to also search for information manager, adviser, scientist or specialist as well as information officer roles. Generally a library and information qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is required and some posts also require CILIP Chartered Membership.
Academic librarians manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information. They also provide support to members of an academic community including students, researchers and lecturing staff. The role involves facilitating and supporting learning by teaching information retrieval skills to students and staff within classrooms or virtual learning environments. Academic librarians spend considerable time working with electronic resources, involving database management and web page development. Professional posts require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
Public librarians acquire, organise, promote and disseminate a range of resources to meet the diverse needs of the community. They support independent learning and encourage reader development. Public librarians need to be highly proficient in the use of ICT as part of the role involves assisting the public. Communication and interpersonal skills are essential to build up relationships with members of the public and assisting with specific learning needs or community groups. Professional posts require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
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Would be responsible for the computer systems within a company. Tasks may include purchasing hardware and software, providing the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation and ensuring back-up systems operate effectively. Job titles may vary so also look for systems manager and service delivery manager when job hunting. These roles are available in any organisation across many sectors including the industry and service sector.
Data analysts are in demand across many sectors such as consulting, education, government, finance and manufacturing. Some of the key tasks a data analyst would be responsible for include gathering and analysing data, identifying areas to increase efficiency and providing insight and analysis through clear visual, written and verbal communication. Essential skills for this role are the ability to pay attention to detail and strong analytical, organisational and communication skills.
Archivists acquire, manage and maintain information, documents and other materials that have historical importance for individuals, organisations and countries. Archives may include books, papers, plans, maps, prints, photographs and computer generated records. Skills gained in the Information School will be essential for this role in order to make information accessible to users, increasingly in digital formats. Communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are important as responsibilities of an archivist include public speaking, organising training sessions and responding to queries from users including academics, researchers, other professional staff and the general public.
Subject specific resources
- Chartered Institute of library and information professionals (CILIP)
- LISJobNET - run by CILIP and advertises library and information roles for professionals
- LAC Group - provides out-sourced library and information functions to businesses, government departments and law firms. Traditionally they have been US based but they are growing their UK business. Vacancies are posted on their website
- TEPL - information recruitment agency
- Sue Hill - information recruitment agency
- Aspire - information recruitment agency