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Top Professional Qualifications After You Graduate

If you’re heading towards the end of your undergraduate programme, you may be starting to feel a little uneasy. Yes, you’ve got this rather fine degree in history of art, and yes, you’ve been to a good university. But there is a slight problem. Employers just aren’t all that interested in your knowledge of pre-Raphaelite art and the Renaissance.

Fortunately, you’ve had a few years at university to think about what you really want from life. And you’ve realised that some of the advice you were given when you were young like “do what you enjoy” didn’t exactly get you to where you wanted to go. So what are your options?


Putting assets on one side of the ledger and balancing them with liabilities on the other: it sounds pretty straightforward. But this essential business skill is pretty tricky to master.



However, if you can master it, you’ll benefit from an artificially elevated salary. Thanks to chartering, which makes it difficult for any old riff raff to compete, wages are high. If you can get on the inside of this rather exclusive club – and I don’t pretend to say that it’s easy – you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

The first thing you’ll need to do is switch over to some kind of accounting courses. Most courses will be set at a similar level of difficulty to a master’s course at university. You’ll be looking at a course that takes anywhere from one to two years. And perhaps longer if you decide to go part time. For more information on accounting courses click here.


You might also consider going into IT. This industry famously has fabulously high average salaries. So if you can get on this particular career ladder, the rewards are certainly there.



Plus, if one were to bet, one might bet on this industry continuing to grow as more and more of the economy becomes centred around IT. Having skills in computing are, in other words, likely to serve you well for a long time to come.

A BTEC Higher National Certificate will usually take around a year to complete. After you’ve done the work, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles in IT. One might be a trainee programmer, or a helpdesk engineer.

If you want to take things a step further, you could also consider doing another degree in computing. Having a degree will improve your prospects considerably. And it may allow you to jump over some of the more mundane entry-level jobs on your way up the career path.


There was a time about ten years ago that all the talent in the world was going into finance. And there was a good reason: the rewards were huge (and it was trendy). Now it’s not so trendy, but the rewards are still there to be had.

Doing a course in finance will prepare you for a world dominated by quantities. You’ll learn about derivatives, risk management and portfolio choice. And at the end of it, you can expect to earn an average graduate salary of £27,000. Not bad indeed.