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Think you might find some jobs a bit too competitive? What some ideas of what you might be able to do that's just as interesting, and that perhaps you've never heard of? Here are some alternative ideas to help you find the career of your dreams!

Data Analyst

If numbers is your game, don't bet on a job as an accountant, but instead think about the world of data analysis. Data analysis is the art of collecting and analysing data so that a company/companies can use this data to perfect their marketing, insurance, political or business practices. To become a data analyst, it's likely (but not necessary) that you'll have a degree in a number-based subject such as business information systems, computer science, economics, information management, mathematics or statistics.

As a general rule, you'll need excellent numerical and analytical skills and knowledge of data analysis tools.

Policy Researcher

Instead of being a lawyer what about becoming a policy researcher? A policy researcher is someone who reviews, develops, and implements policies and strategies. You'll need to be analytical, have good research skills, be well-organised and have excellent written and verbal skills.

The are no specific qualifications to get into policy research, but a degree in politics, economic research, public administration, social work, social policy or policy studies might come in handy. 

Forensic Counsellor 

If you interested in being a psychologist, but don't think you can make the grades to get into uni, why not switch to becoming a forensic counsellor? A forensic counsellor works within the intersection between the legal and mental health systems to provide counselling treatment for criminal and civil offenders. You need to be patient and be able to work with a variety of different people. It is not necessary to have a degree to become a counsellor, however you will need to be trained in a course accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Risk Manager

Thinking about going into business, perhaps as a business analyst? Why not try something new like taking a step into becoming a risk manager? Risk managers work with companies to asses and identify any potential risks that may hinder the reputation, safety, security and financial prosperity of their organisation. Risk management is open to all graduates, however a degree in one of the following subjects may increase your chances: engineering, finance or economics, law, management or business studies, risk management, science and statistics.

Graphic Designer

If you have dreams of becoming an artist then make sure you consider becoming a graphic designer. A graphic designer is someone who makes graphics for websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games and product packaging etc. You don't need any specific qualifications to become a graphic designer, although you'll need to be well-versed in the Adobe suite and have a portfolio to show to potential employees. A degree or HND in design, communication design, film/television, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography or visual art may increase your chances.

UX Analyst

Become a marketing executive? How boring and unimaginative does that sound? Why not jump into UX (user experience) analysis? A UX analyst is someone who designs and consults companies on their websites and apps to make they're as user friendly as possible. You'll need an understanding of qualitative research methods to find out how a website or app should be designed, as well as the ability to communicate your ideas with the other members of your team and the company in question. 

There is no single degree qualification required to become a UX analyst, with relevant degrees including: computer science, art & design and psychology. You might also want to think about a Master’s in human-centred interaction.

Content Writer

Always dreamed of becoming a fully-fledged writer? Well now you can by becoming a content writer. Content writers are professional writers who produce engaging content for use online.

You'll need to be overly proficient in spelling, grammar and punctuation skills as well as being able to write in a specific tone for specific audiences. You'll also need the ability to research online and know how to cite references. 

You don't need any specific qualifications to become a content writer, however most firms insist on graduation as the basic qualification.

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