All of Oxford’s courses will equip you with the skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers, and the University's employment statistics are consistently impressive. Six months after leaving Oxford, only 3% of 2014 graduates were still looking for a job. In fact, 56% were already in employment, 35% went on to do further study, and 6% were doing something else, such as taking time out to travel. Contrary to what the papers may lead you to believe, the most popular jobs for Oxford graduates are in the education sector (12%), and in health and social care (12%). Many do choose careers in banking (8%) or government and public services (6%), but significant numbers choose to work for charities (including ThinkTanks and not-for-profits, 6%), or creative professions such as media, journalism, or publishing (6%), arts and heritage (4%), and advertising, marketing or communication (4%).

Fact: 27% of Oxford graduates earn over £30,000 in their very first year after graduation!

Careers Service

The Careers Service offers all students 1-on-1 appointments with a professional careers advisor. Whether you're not sure what you want to do yet, need to track down specific opportunities, or would like help polishing your CV, they are an amazing resource. Their website advertises over 1,000 internships, and the Internship Office sources global opportunities exclusive to Oxford students. There are numerous opportunities to meet employers and explore career opportunities at one of 14 annual careers fairs and via the “insight into…” programmes.

Famous alumni

  • 26 Nobel Prize winners including Sir John Gurdon (Medicine, 2012), V S Naipaul (Literature, 2001) and Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace, 1991).
  • 26 UK Prime Ministers including David Cameron and Tony Blair.
  • At least 30 international leaders, including Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, and Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • Some 120 Olympic medal winners, including Matthew Pinsent and Stephanie Cook.
  • Celebrated scientists including Edmond Halley, Edwin Hubble, Dorothy Hodgkin, and Stephen Hawking.
  • Poets and writers including Oscar Wilde, Julian Barnes, and Monica Ali.
  • Actors and film-makers including Kate Beckinsale and Hugh Grant.