Your degree is only the starting point. Armed with both the qualification and the experience of a degree from the University of Edinburgh, you will be in a position to make the most of your early career.

After graduating

The official Destinations Survey carried out each year among our graduates shows what our graduates do six months after graduating:

Employment

78.8%

Further study

8.1%

Unavailable (e.g. taking a year out)

8.1%

Looking for employment

4.3%

Voluntary work

0.9%

The Edinburgh name on your CV is very significant. It demonstrates that not only are you good enough to be studying at Edinburgh but you are further bettered by having studied there. Don't underestimate the impact that this will have on your applications for internships and graduate jobs.

Shujaat Khan, MA(Hons) Business Studies and Accounting


Areas of employment

Our graduates have used their degrees to make a success of a wide range of careers. These have included:

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Management consulting
  • Marketing
  • Retail management
  • Sales

Many graduates work in large multi-national companies; others work for small, specialist consultancies. Many have also chosen management careers in organisations such as:

  • Charities
  • Health service
  • Local government
  • Trade unions

A certain number will go on to form their own business or enter careers that are, at first glance, unrelated to their studies, such as:

  • Advertising & design
  • Journalism
  • Social work

Recruiting our students

The University of Edinburgh is a prime choice for recruiters. Each year, hundreds of employers visit the University to employ our students. These leading organisations include:

  • Accenture
  • Asda
  • BP
  • Capgemini
  • Deloitte
  • Diageo
  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • HSBC
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • L'Oreal
  • Microsoft
  • NHS Management Scheme
  • P&G / Unilever
  • PwC
  • RBS
  • Virgin Media

Career advice

The University's Careers Service can help you explore different job sectors, advise you on how to construct your CV, and help you prepare for interviews. To find out more about employability choices and how we can help, please contact our Careers Service.

Contact the University Careers Service