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What can I do with my Social Work degree?

The majority of Social Work graduates progress into careers in social care and support, working within the public and not for profit sectors. Employers value the knowledge and skills that are developed on social work programmes. Graduates have an in depth understanding of social, cultural, ethical and political issues and the ability to apply this in a range of settings.

Practical experience of working with vulnerable clients and dealing with challenging situations is highly valued as are the many transferable skills developed on the programme which include:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to deal with challenging and difficult situations
  • Strong negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to research, analyse, evaluate and report on information from a variety of sources
  • An ability to understand complex issues and to make well reasoned and informed arguments
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong team working skills

Further ideas and resources

The Prospects and Target Jobs websites are good sources of careers information and resources for social work students.



Finding a graduate job

Don’t forget to look at our graduate vacancies to explore where to find roles including those in the North West if you are planning to stay local once you graduate.

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Developing skills

Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills. Explore opportunities that you can do from your home. Employers value experience developed in many different settings.

Volunteering opportunities

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Useful websites

This wakelet provides a collection of useful websites for students and graduates looking for employment in roles related to Social Work.