Sociological Studies - Introduction

Potential Careers

The overwhelming majority of graduates who study BA Social Work and enter employment find degree-related work, mainly with local authorities, and also in the health care sector. Graduates work in a range of social work positions, often specialising in family/children, mental health, or substance abuse.

The non-vocational nature of the BA Sociology degree means that graduates enter a wider range of occupational areas. Typical job titles include: Special Needs Teaching Assistant, Retail Manager, Recruitment Consultant, Recruitment Manager, Credit Analyst, Graduate Trainee with a Charity, Advertising Account Executive.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Sociological Studies - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as social researcher, community development worker, or social worker. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

Options with your subject - Sociological Studies

Make a start by reading this section of the Prospects website, and develop ideas on how you can best use your degree.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

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