Here are some ideas…

In my previous articles in PART 1 and PART 2 , I showed you that it’s possible to plan your future career strategically, helping you build the career you deserve the right transferable skills, technical experience and quantified results, gained by planning, will help you get the well-paid, prestigious job you deserve after graduating.

Here, I’ll show examples of job roles which students can prepare to specialise in, and which you should consider; the list is not an exhaustive one, but an illustration.

This sample only looks at roles for students within the business faculty. It should, however, help you identify criteria and principles with which to recognise similar roles within other university faculties.

“With the right attitude, understanding and guidance, it is possible for students to acquire knowledge, skills and professional experience irrespective of their discipline, alongside their academic studies.”

Job Roles Worth Considering

These are roles which students can focus on to acquire, or build on, technical skills and qualifications. They are positions for which there is always a demand which exceeds the supply of skilled graduates, both in the UK and abroad. It’s suggested that all students should choose one of these posts to focus on during their studies.

Most of these jobs have the starting annual salaries of £35K to £60K (similar in other countries) with the potential for rapid salary growth (depending on experience and performance in the job). This can be compared to more average roles where graduates’ starting pay is between £22K and £28K (some have said it is, practically, an average of £19K – £22K), with slow pay growth.

Research Analyst roles or Market Research Analyst roles, focusing on one of:

  • Equity
  • Credit Risk
  • Investment Banking
  • Energy / Utilities
  • Real Estates
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
  • I.T
  • Business Information (BI)

Project Management roles (with Prince2 certification), such as:

  • Project Management Officer
  • Rapid-Applications Developer (RAD)
  • Resource Analyst
  • PMO Analyst
  • Digital/IT Project Manager
  • Transformation Project Manager
  • Service Delivery Project Manager
  • Change Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Planning Specialist
  • Risk Manager
  • Project Controls Manager
  • Document Controller

Business Analyst roles [with British Computer Society (BCS) certifications], such as:

  • Tester
  • Change Analyst
  • Developer
  • Reporting Analyst
  • Management Information Analyst

Note: Students interested in these roles are encouraged to gain expertise in software such as Jira, Confluence, SharePoint, Gatherspace, Sparks, MS Visio,, Lucid Charts or Creately

Lean and Agile Management roles

  • Below, are other respected skills or certifications which undergraduates should consider acquiring:

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) roles for accountants, with any of the following certifications:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT III & IV)
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CPA (Chartered Public Accountant)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountant)
  • CFA III (Chartered Financial Analyst)

Risk and Credit Management roles with any of the following certifications:

  • FRM (Financial Risk Manager)
  • CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst)
  • IMC (Investment Management Certificate)

Sales and Digital Marketing roles with skills including:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Salesforce
  • Moreover, certifications from:
  • Chartered Institute of Marketers (CIM)
  • Market Research Society

Data Analyst roles- focused on the following IT skills or languages:

  • SPSS
  • Python
  • R (for data analysis)
  • SQL (for database management roles)
    Excel (including Visual Basics applications, macros, vlookup, conditional formatting, simulations, pivot tables and Dashboards)
  • Tableau
  • QlikView
  • Visio

With the right attitude, understanding and guidance, it is possible for students to acquire knowledge, skills and professional experience irrespective of their discipline, alongside their academic studies.

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