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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 Management

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 Management graduates on Prospects 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 Management graduates


Accountants evaluate and analyse financial data and create solutions. They can work within an organisation or liaise with clients to support them with reliable financial management and forecasting. 

Working within the financial services sector, you will require numeracy, business awareness, analytical and excellent communication skills.

Financial analyst

Financial analysts identify and analyse the areas of potential risk threatening the assets, earning capacity or success of organisations in the industrial, commercial or public sector.

They are responsible for predicting change and future trends, as well as forecasting cost to the organisation. There are high degrees of specialisation within the profession. Analysts may work in sales, trading, marketing, financial services or private banking.

Business analyst

As a business analyst, you'll work within an organisation, supporting change and planning for the future.

You will evaluate and analyse data, create solutions to outstanding challenges and communicate ideas on suggested improvements to a variety of people.

You will work with an organisation to understand their structure, products, services and the industry sector they operate within. You will also identify their future needs and opportunities as well as their weaknesses and threats to help plan for a successful future, often in relation to information and software systems.

Management consultant

Management consultants support organisations to solve issues in order to maximise growth and improve business performance. They use their business skills to provide objective advice and expertise and help an organisation to develop any specialist skills that it may be lacking.

You will be concerned primarily, with the strategy, structure, management and operations of a company. Your role is to identify options for the organisation and suggest recommendations for change, as well as advising on additional resources to implement solutions.

Tax adviser

Tax advisers use their knowledge of tax legislation to advise and support clients, ensuring that they pay their taxes in the most efficient way and benefit from any tax advantages and exemptions.

They need to keep up to date with changing tax laws and explain complicated legislation and its implications to their clients in simple terms.

Insurance account manager

You will work within an organisation to promote their insurance products to those who directly sell them such as brokers and independent financial advisers (IFAs). This requires an in-depth knowledge of your product portfolio in order to develop sales.

You'll will develop close long-term relationships with a number of clients, and will play a central role in introducing new insurance products to the market, while also seeking to maintain the commercial performance of existing products.

Internal auditor

Internal auditors work within organisations to monitor and evaluate how well risks are being managed, the organisation is being governed and internal processes are working.

They also provide a consulting service, advising management on how to improve systems and processes. The scope and nature of audits can vary significantly but the main priority of the work is to make sure any issues that affect the survival and prosperity of the organisation are dealt with.

External auditors look at more than financial and accounting risks. They also consider factors such as reputation, growth, environmental impact, treatment of employees and ethics. Their work helps senior management to provide evidence that they are managing the organisation effectively.

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