Keeping Doors Open – 6 University Degrees That Allow For Branching Career Paths

Keeping Doors Open – 6 University Degrees That Allow For Branching Career Paths
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    Choosing a university degree which has limited branches and career streams can be likened to putting your proverbial eggs into one basket. 

    Discovering that there are limited prospects may mean your investment of time, effort and money may be jeopardised.


It literally pays to research the wider picture surrounding each degree and ask yourself a few pertinent questions:

  1. Are there substantial opportunities in his sector?
  2. What pathways does this degree offer?
  3. What are the figures surrounding recent graduates employed in this industry?
  4. How can I optimise my prospect of finding a long term career at the end of my course?

So let’s review a selection of degrees which may provide the widest range of career avenues, giving you the best chances of success.


A graduate certificate in finance opens a vast array of opportunities due to the complexity and diversity of the majority of industries and businesses requiring financial services.  Most organisations will require the expertise of a financial advisor, analyst, other financial professional. 

With over 400,000 people employed in the financial sector and it being the 5th highest employer of university graduates, the scope for a prosperous long term career seems bright.  With Australia’s ‘big four’ banks all sitting within the top 50 of the World’s Safest Banks rating, the economic outlook for the finance industry looks like a healthy prospect for graduates.

There are a wide range of doorways to employment sitting under the umbrella of finance, amongst these are:

  1. Banking  and financial institutions
  2. Charitable and not for profit organisations
  3. Financial markets
  4. Insurance companies
  5. Investment industries

With such varying fields all demanding quality financial services, it is worth considering whether a career in finance is right for you.

Bachelor of Business – Consulting

Business Consulting is a broad term which covers a multitude flow-down career options.  There are four basic categories of business consulting, each one contains a myriad of diverse streams.

  1. General business
  2. Sustainability
  3. Human resources
  4. Information technology

International businesses such as Ernst & Young, IBM, Deloitte and Accenture, are a small selection of businesses which are substantial employers of financial consultants.

Health and Medical Sciences

Healthcare is one of Australia’s largest employers and covers a plethora of specialisations and career avenues.  By attaining a degree in Health and Medical Sciences you are opening up a world of possibilities in your career.  Just a small selection of pathways which may be reached from a degree in this sector are:

  1. Biomedical engineering
  2. Audiology
  3. Physiotherapy
  4. Speech therapy
  5. Public health services
  6. Surgery
  7. Chiropractic


A degree in education provides a platform for further a specialisation or employment opportunities in early childhood facilities, primary and secondary teaching institutions along with lecturing and training.  There is also the capacity to work with private institutions teaching English or a second language.

Engineering and IT

Degrees in IT and engineering will provide a basis for progression pathways to a specialty career of your choice.  There are so many job descriptions which fall under this umbrella and provide a scope for employment within a complex and diverse range of private and government agencies.

Consider the following specialty fields:

  1. Computer science
  2. Games design and development
  3. Electronics
  4. Wireless engineering
  5. Mechanical engineering
  6. Robotics
  7. Information systems
  8. Telecommunications engineering
  9. Software development
  10. Web design and development

Mining Engineering

Despite its recent downturn, mining is still one of the largest employers in Australia.  Our natural resources were a large factor in Australia’s resilience during the GFC.

The sector covers around 20 mining industries including gas and oil production, petroleum exploration as well as valuable metals and gemstone mining. The job diversity is wide within this field and includes:

  1. Engineers
  2. Project managers
  3. Field supervisors
  4. Purchasing and expediting professionals

The key to giving yourself the best opportunity for career success is to heed the advice to ‘go where the need is greatest’.  By choosing a degree which leads to the highest potential employment prospects, you are setting yourself on the road to success.

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