Use your subject

Management

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?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • 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.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Accountant / banker

Accountants or bankers apply advanced and accurate numeracy, business awareness and analytical skills to a commercial role within the financial services sector.

You will evaluate and analyse financial data, create solutions and communicate with a variety of people within your organisation or with your clients by helping them with reliable financial management and forecasting. Other related job titles include actuary, investment analysts and business analyst.

Use our Occupations section Financial services for more information and links to useful websites.

Business analyst

This role may suit you if you enjoy evaluating and analysing data, creating solutions and communicating with a variety of people. As a business analyst, you'll work with an organisation to understand their products, services and the industry sector they operate within.

You'll identify their future needs and challenges and help them to plan for the future and manage change in line with their company goals often in relation to information and software systems.

Use our Occupations sections Business, administration and public sector and Data science for more information and links to useful websites.

Compliance officer

As a compliance officer, you are responsible for ensuring a company complies with its outside regulatory requirements and internal policies. In short, you are responsible for making sure that your employer plays by the rules. After the global economic downturn, financial service organisations in particular have been significantly increasing the size of their risk and compliance departments to respond to new regulations.

Billions of pounds in fines were imposed on many of the top tier banks, compelling many to grow their teams as they rushed to ensure they are compliant. This means that there is a shortage of compliance change professionals.

Use our Occupations section Financial for more information and links to useful websites.

Financial risk analyst

Financial risk 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. Risk analysts may work in sales, origination, trading, marketing, financial services or private banking.

Use our Occupations section Finance for more information and links to useful websites.

Human resources (HR)

Roles in HR suit individuals who can develop relationships and communicate well with many different types of people. HR roles exist in many different types and sizes of organisations. Human Resources officers or advisers may be involved in developing,advising on and implementing policies relating to the effective use of staff in an organisation. They may also be responsible for developing staff and coordinate staff training and development. A HR adviser could be involved in disciplinary matters and negotiations with trade unions concerning pay, redundancy and staff performance issues.

Many graduates working in HR will work towards a professional qualification awarded by the CIPD.

Recruitment consultants are responsible for attracting candidates and matching them to permanent or temporary jobs with client companies. Previous work experience in customer service roles, sales, or marketing is useful for starting a career in the recruitment industry.

Insurance account manager

As an insurance account manager, you'll promote your company's insurance products to those who will be directly selling them, typically brokers and independent financial advisers (IFAs). You'll have detailed knowledge of your employer's portfolio of products and will develop sales of the products and business accounts.

You'll work with a caseload of several clients, building up long-term relationships with them, 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 businesses and organisations to monitor and evaluate how well risks are being managed, the business 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 business are dealt with.

The work of an internal auditor differs to that of external auditors as they 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 to stakeholders that they are managing the business effectively.

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 provide advisory and consultancy services to 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.