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There are lots of starting points for choosing a career and using your subject is just one of them. You are not restricted to the career ideas below and you may wish to consider additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Remember too that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject and so your options are much broader than the examples given below.

Firstly, have a think about what ‘using your subject’ means to you and what you’re really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it’s a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

Using your subject can help provide you with some focus for your career research, but the broader your interests the more career options you will have open to you. Use our resources below to stimulate your thinking.

Generating career ideas with Speech and Language Sciences

Using the resources below you can start to create your own list of career ideas to research

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Speech and Language Sciences graduates on Prospects and TargetJobs but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject. Our Information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start.

Some career ideas for Speech and Language Sciences graduates

Human resources

Roles in HR suit individuals who can develop relationships and communicate well with many different types of people. HR roles exist in many different types and sizes of organisations. Human Resources officers or advisers may be involved in developing,advising on and implementing policies relating to the effective use of staff in an organisation. They may also be responsible for developing staff and coordinate staff training and development. A HR adviser could be involved in disciplinary matters and negotiations with trade unions concerning pay, redundancy and staff performance issues. Many graduates working in HR will work towards a professional qualification awarded by the CIPD.

Project management

Regardless of the business sector you are working in, advanced communication skills along with great organisation skills and the ability to work to deadlines are essential skills for a career in project management.

Project managers are responsible for the delivery of projects on time and in budget, by planning and organising resources and people. Project managers are employed across business sectors including engineering, NHS, Finance, IT, Business Consultancy and the public sector including government deptartments and universities.

PR and communication

Working in this sector involves using advanced verbal communication skills to contact media professionals to communicate their organisation’s news, represent their organisation at public forums or when their organisation needs to give a statement or comment. It may also involve writing press releases, writing in-house magazines and newsletters. A PR officer or communication officer may be employed ‘in-house’ by the organisation you are representing or you may be employed by a PR Agency/consultancy who then work on behalf of the organisations.

Further study

Previous graduates from this course have also gone on to further study in order to enter various professions, including social work, nursing, special needs teaching, primary education, educational psychology, audiology, and speech and language therapy.

In order to develop their work experience before continuing with further study a number of graduates will work as teaching assistants , support workers, learning support assistants and within social care settings for a short period of time before applying for/undertaking further study.

Audiology

Audiologists identify and assesses hearing and balance function and their associated disorders. Working with patients of all ages, recommending and providing appropriate therapeutic rehabilitation and management. You may be based in a hospital, primary care or in the private sector; increasing working within high street opticians to assess and treat hearing loss. As a graduate with an appropriate degree you would need to undertake a postgraduate level qualification in audiology.

Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapists assess, treat and support patients who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. They work within hospital,community and school settings. In order to become and speech and language therapist a graduate with a relevant degree would need to undertake a postgraduate qualification in speech and language therapy and would need relevant work experience.

Primary education

Primary school teachers provide children between the ages of 5 and 11 with a general education in line with national curriculum guidelines. Teachers are responsible for the delivery of all subjects, with particular emphasis on the core subjects of literacy, numeracy and science. A primary school teacher is employed by a school in the state sector, a privately owned school or an academy or free school. To qualify as a teacher a graduate would need to undertake a postgraduate programme which results in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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