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6 BA graduates who used their degree to land a job, and how you can too

Helen Jackson
Campaigns Executive

What do you do with a BA degree...?

As a History graduate, I’m fully aware of the confusion that comes after studying a degree that doesn’t provide an obvious career path, post-graduation.

If you’re currently facing the dilemma of how to use the skills your Bachelor of Arts has equipped you with, we’re here to help. We’ve spoken to grads who studied a range of “arty” subjects and are now working in companies up and down the country, in a range of sectors – and the great news is, those companies are hiring grads right now.

Read their stories below, and if you feel like following in their footsteps, just hit the links.


1. Hope, Recruitment Consultant at Maxxima

Hope’s graduate journey is definitely not your average one. After completing her degree in Psychology and Criminology at Leeds Beckett, she decided to jet off around the world for 6 months. Upon her return, she took a job as a carer in the community, before moving on to work as a Health Care Assistant for the NHS.

After a few years, she felt it was time to take the next step: move to London and secure a job that would offer incredible progression and rewards, as well as the chance to make a difference to others. That’s when she discovered Maxxima – the Recruitment agency specialising in finding top Health and Social Care professionals for vacancies here in the UK and overseas.

“I wanted to work with people and help people, which is probably what led to my career as a carer,” she reflected. “But these days I’m always on the phone to people, chatting to people, and hopefully helping them from a different angle.”

You too could place talent into all-important roles, transforming the lives of those who need it most. As a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, you can expect plenty of support to build your professional network and your bank balance thanks to targets set to double your £20,000 salary. If that wasn’t enough, your social circle will also expand through regular office socials, ranging from open mic nights to dinners in central London.

Get your application in by 15 February 2018:



2. Alistair, Graduate Account Executive at Softcat

The sign of an award-winning graduate employer is one that gives new starters all they need to progress and manage their own projects quickly – something that Advertising and Brand Management graduate Alistair experienced when he started at Softcat:

“It was an exciting opportunity and there was a lot of growth potential,” he said about why he chose the official Best Place to Work in the UK. “But what I didn’t expect [when I joined] was that, within a year, I had started my own side of the business looking after Police forces.”

Follow in Alistair’s footsteps, join this IT solutions consultancy and you’ll be trusted to manage client portfolios from the word go, with world-class training and hands-on guidance in place to ensure you feel comfortable at every step. However, it’s the way Softcat treat their “family” that makes this one incredible opportunity – they constantly strive to create a fun, relaxed and motivating culture and so perks such as onsite Tiki bars, Xboxes and trips to Hawaii and Antarctica are simply part of the norm.

Ready to work with the very best? Apply to be their next Account Executive before the 28 October 2017:



3. Jack, PPC Analyst at NMPi

With a degree in Spanish, Economics and Business from the University of Durham, Jack had a variety of options to pursue after graduating in 2015. Yet, after exploring the Marketing industry through a short internship, he felt that the world of Digital Marketing was calling to him:

“I applied to NMPi because I felt that it offered me the opportunity to work in an industry that was fast moving, fast growing and constantly developing,” he remembered.

Alongside the fully-stocked fridge and other bonuses that accompany the role, one of his favourite things about NMPi is the open progression structure promoted by the company:

“The progression here is based on merit, not purely on your age or how long you've been working here,” he said.

If you’re quick to learn and ready to succeed in Digital Marketing, apply to be NMPi’s Graduate Account Executive. From Youtube to Instagram, Facebook to Google Search, you'll get involved in all things social while earning £22,000 and enjoying everything from company ski-trips to Friday drinks near Angel.  

The deadline is 5 June 2017:



4. Jo, Resourcer at Harvey Nash

Language skills on your CV are always a plus, particularly when applying to a global company. As a French Studies graduate from the University of Leeds, Jo had an idea of the type of place that she would like to work when she started the job hunt in 2015:

“I wanted to work in a company where I could put my knowledge of different cultures and different businesses into practice,” she revealed. And, driven by such ambitions, she decided Recruitment agency Harvey Nash was the ideal place to start her career.

With a dedicated Training Academy offering over 100 customisable modules, starting here as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant will help you develop your career in whichever direction you want – and the competitive commission rates on top of a £20,000 salary serve to sweeten the deal.

See yourself here? Applications close on 21 July 2017:



5. Abby, Assistant Project Manager at Colas Rail

After completing her English Literature and Social History degree at Brighton University, Abby took a slightly less traditional route onto a graduate scheme. Originally joining Railway Engineering company Colas Rail in an administrative role, her potential was spotted by a manager and she was soon putting her organisational skills to good use on their Management Programme.

Colas Rail has been recognised with multiple awards for its commitment to graduates, something that Abby has noticed during her time on the programme:

“I think Colas Rail is unique in its commitment to its graduates and in giving them advanced responsibilities from an early stage,” she commented.

This nationwide Management Programme accepts graduates from any degree, with previous grads studying everything from Engineering to Geography and Business Management.

If you can demonstrate your energy, leadership and willingness to make things happen – this is the scheme for you.

Apply by the 19 June 2017:



6. Ellen, Trainee Buyer at Next

With previous work experience in Retail and a keen interest in fashion, developed further by her Fashion Marketing degree, a Trainee Buyer role with one of the UK’s largest homeware and clothing brands seemed a no-brainer to Ellen:

“It’s a really hands-on entry into the Retail industry, but still offers a lot of support and guidance,” she responded when asked why she enjoys what she does.

The structured training provided for trainees at Next creates an environment where you are encouraged to ask questions, try new things and develop your skills and experience.

If you have a passion for fashion and want to influence next season’s hottest trends, there is no other place to be.

Take the first step and send your application by 8 November 2017:



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