With Year 12 over and exam results released, you might be one of many students facing an existential crisis with the BIG question: “What will I do with the rest of my life?”

If you’re still trying to figure it out, and don’t want to be stuck in a 9-5 desk job, we’ve found the coolest careers you didn’t know you could get from studying the University of Melbourne’s breadth* subjects. We've also shared with you how some of our alumni have landed the jobs of their dreams by studying a University of Melbourne degree.

You’re welcome!

Professional traveller

Eating breakfast at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya, hiking Machu Picchu, and diving into the clear waters of Greece are on the bucket lists of most avid travellers. But did you know you could see and do all that plus more as a professional traveller? Imagine the Insta-worthiness of your adventures while immersing yourself in the cultures of the world! #followmethere #melbourneglobal

Darrell Wade (Bachelor of Commerce 1981), CEO and co-founder of Intrepid Travel, combined his commerce degree and love of travel to create world's largest small group adventure travel company.

“l had grown up travelling and had a wanderlust for the world, but I’d never quite correlated the personal desire to travel with a potential workplace, I’d never put two-and-two together.

"It was only when my business partner Geoff and I were in Africa that we considered it might be possible, we really didn’t want to go back to Australia and get another job that we weren’t passionate about. So, we thought – I wonder if there is a way we can combine what we love, which is the backpacker style travelling and make a business out of it? And so the Intrepid was born half by accident, half by design,” Darrell said.

Food Futurist

What will our dinner plate of the future look like? As a food futurist you’ll explore the trends in sourcing sustainable food, and be on the front foot of the up-and-coming superfoods before anyone else! What will come after the kale smoothies, acai bowls and matcha Kit Kats? You tell us.

Video game music producer

Want to channel your music composing talent into your love of gaming?

What’s your game? Zelda? Super Mario Odyssey? As a video game music producer, you will probably be gaming and listening to music all day. Uni will get you up to speed with what’s hot in games and music. You’ll also learn how to package this up as sound and visual interactivity for the games you’re composing for.

Victorian College of the Arts graduate Troy Rogan (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) 2014 VCA and VCM, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) (Hons.) 2015 VCA and VCM) is a Composer for Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising, who is currently composing music for a six-part web-series.

“For this web series I’ve had to write classical, rock, Italian show tunes all in the one show – it’s incredible to have that exposure because it matures you as a composer.

“When I first started my career, I first had that idea that my career would unveil itself in front of me, but as cliché as it sounds I have learnt to enjoy the journey rather than the destination because it’s in the work that I find the most pleasure,” said Troy.

Wine taster

Although your palate might disagree now, in a few years’ time the idea of being a professional wine taster may seem VERY appealing. Jake Winther (Bachelor of Arts 2012) originally took the wine tasting subject on a whim but quickly fell in love with it… we can understand why!

“I’m very passionate about wine and but I didn’t really know that until I did a wine-tasting subject as part of my breadth subjects at the University of Melbourne," he said.

"Throughout my degree I worked at restaurants to continue learning more about wine, this lead to undertaking more breadth subjects at uni, I also started working at wineries around Victoria, getting more winemaking experience, then eventually I decided to kick off my own wine label.

"When I was 19 I never thought in a million years, doing that breadth* subject… that I would be a wine maker and have my own label.”

Cheers to that!

Plant designer

Want to be the designer of urban spaces, but with plants? Say ‘aloe’ to plant designing. Spend ‘thyme’ making ‘fronds’ with lots of plant types. Learn how to ‘pear’ them together for all sorts of landscapes like streetscapes, parklands, open spaces, residential landscapes, public gardens – the options are endless.

It might be hard choosing the right uni subjects for your future but at least you know that almost any career path is at your fingertips! If you’re interested in finding out more about any of these subjects or career paths, check out the courses University of Melbourne offers.

*Breadth study is a subject you take from a different discipline to the degree which you are enrolled in.

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