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What do Cambridge graduates do?

A high proportion of natural science graduates go on to further study, typically around 40% and this can be either research (a PhD or MRes) or a taught Masters course. Popular employment areas are IT, scientific research, finance, teaching, consulting, manufacturing and utilities, public sector.

Will employers want my degree?

Prospective employers are keen to make use of both your scientific 'hands on' skills (in academia or industry) and also your 'hands off' science knowledge - in areas such as publishing, communications, patent law and scientific consulting. Other employers will seek out your logic, numerate and problem-solving skills. Be aware that the majority of employers that recruit Cambridge graduates do not require a certain degree. They are usually more interested in what you can do rather than what you have studied. Try looking for ideas for help with identifying your personal strengths and preferences. Then search Handshake for internships, jobs or graduate schemes you are interested in. Note the selection criteria that usually focus on "competencies" rather than having studied a certain subject and see which ones are a good fit.

Using my degree

Natural scientists who want to use their degree often think about working in the following sectors:

Be aware that all of these sectors have a wide variety of roles. For example the public sector has staff working in research and development, scientific communications, policy and data science. So if you are interested in a certain sector think about what you are good at and which roles might be a good fit for you. Network with alumni who studied Natural Sciences. You can see what they do, their career to date and contact them for further information.