Potential Careers

The majority of recent graduates progressed into areas related to their degree subject. Of those moving directly into work, the majority were in the education sector, working as music teachers, often on a self-employed basis, but also in some cases employed directly by a school or a local authority schools music service.

Other employment destinations included educational roles with orchestras, and in arts administration. Graduates also moved into roles in other sectors, including leisure management and IT services. Some graduates are working in non-graduate roles six months after graduation, mainly in customer service roles, developing further skills and experience in preparation for their graduate career.

The proportion of graduates entering postgraduate is study is considerably higher than the average for the institution as a whole. In most cases courses are linked to careers in the education sector, with large numbers taking primary or secondary teaching courses. Masters degrees in music are also a popular option, but individual students also took courses in management, politics, and journalism.

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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.

Music - 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

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

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as musician or music teacher. 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.

Options with your subject - Music

Make a start by reading these sections of the Prospects website and develop ideas on 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