What Can You Do With Your Degree

16 May 2019
Imagine, that you have just completed four plus years of study, received your degree and are now wondering what is next? Firstly, congratulations - because receiving your degree is an awesome accomplishment and should be celebrated!  

What can you do with your degree?  Here are Three Steps to Assist You In Your Career Journey:
 
  1. What employment options does your degree offer? You can discover many pathways at WorkBC.ca:
  • Explore Sample Career Titles:
    • Computer Science: Computer network specialist - Web developer - Robotics technician - Air traffic controller - Mobile app designer - Artificial intelligence developer - Video game tester/designer – Graphics developer – Health information analyst  
    •  Psychology: Specialized counsellor - Behavioural analyst - Human rights advisor - Writer - Criminologist - Public relations specialist - Cultural diversity consultant - Social or health policy researcher – Human resources – Customs inspector – Life skills coach 
    • Environmental Science: Natural resources specialist - Wildlife manager- Fisheries conservationist - Air quality specialist - Industrial advisor - Forester/Park naturalist - Scientific journalist – Renewable energy consultant – Environmental technician
  • Check out the 500 career profiles to get all the information regarding a career.
  • Check out Career Trek videos to view what a “day in the life of” would look like in different occupations.  
  1. Self-reflection:   
  • Why did you decide on the degree you chose? What was it that interested you?
  • Does your degree align with your social values and offer the opportunity to create an impact that you were hoping to achieve?
  • Does work/life balance play an important role when deciding on a career choice?  
  1. What you can do to assist in finding employment?
  • Visit WorkBC.ca job board; narrow your search using the keyword function.
  • Check industry job boards; Many professional organizations have their own job boards.
  • Research employers that align with your interests and values; visit their website career boards; request an informational meeting/interview.
  • Attend career fairs – it’s agreat opportunity to interact with potential employers.
  • Acquire membership to professional associations relative to your degree.
  • Participate in Co-operative education and internship opportunities.
  • Network by attending events that align with your degree and interests.
  • Volunteer to gain the work experience you may be lacking.
  • Use social media in your job search; and spread the word of your career aspirations!
  • Visit your University’s Career Services Centre to discuss employment options with a career or guidance counsellor.  Also,  check out these university’s websites for career options in your area of study/degree:
                           UBC                SFU                  UofT                YorkU              UVIC                UNBC 
 
If you are still undecided on your major/degree, review the Labour Market Outlook, which provides the most up-to-date information on the types of jobs that will be in demand in B.C. between now and 2028. as Also check out post-secondary student outcomes, an annual survey summarizing which education programs lead to good jobs and produce grads who are ready for employment. 
“Ninety-three per cent of students who took part in a 2017 BC Student Outcomes survey were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the education they received. Graduates had an unemployment rate between 5.7% and 11.7%, depending on the type of program.”