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Divinity - using your degree

Introduction

Popular career areas for Divinity students:

A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students world-wide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.

With its range of academic disciplines and variety of educational approaches, a degree in Divinity provides the context not only for significant intellectual and personal development, but also for the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills (see Employability Profile). Divinity graduates develop an understanding of perspectives of the world’s major religions, and employers are interested in the way in which they can debate and contextualise different standpoints, with empathy and the ability to do so without offending others.

These are useful for careers in teaching, law, management, ministry, social, youth, community and advice work, development, administration, publishing, broadcasting, and local and central government.

Review your degree skills

The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities:

Where do our Divinity graduates go?

Recent Divinity graduates
Genius Foods - Category Development Manager Accenture - Capital Markets Analyst Lloyds Banking Group - Graduate Trainee Banker
KPMG - Resourcing Advisor EDN Staff - Special Need Support Worker Baptist Union of Austria - Pastoral Assistant
Graduates who are established in their profession

Hays Project Solutions - Operations Director

Ecofitter LLP. Advice Architecture Renewables - Managing Partner

Genius Foods - Supply Chain Graduate Placement

Acting for Change - Owner and Director

Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Catonsville, Maryland - Pastor/Head of Staff

Ralph Lauren - Product Specialist

Hannah Pickering

 

Hannah graduated in 2015.

She is a Religious Education teacher with Teach First.

Read Hannah's case study.

Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.

Network with alumni

Many jobs and internships are not advertised.  One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking.  Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme.  Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry. 

How to contact alumni

There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:

  1. Saint Connect - brings together alumni and current students to facilitate networking, enable informal mentoring, provide industry discussion groups, and enable graduates and students to stay up to date with their student societies and sports teams.
  2. LinkedIn - most comprehensive resource to connect with alumni is the University of St Andrews LinkedIn – Alumni Tool. There are also many LinkedIn St Andrews Groups, mainly based on location, which you can join to network with fellow students and alumni, eg St Andrews North America Careers Link.

Postgraduate study/research

In 2014, 53.8% of Divinity graduates went on to do further study.  
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic. 

Summer internships/work experience

Campus Opportunities

Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work. Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.

Quarr Abbey Monastic Internships

Case studies

Key links and resources

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