Careers and Employability

Helping students prepare for the world of work and providing them with the skills and knowledge that will open up future employment opportunities is central to our mission.

Working for your working future

As a department offering a wide range of programmes, students with a variety of interests choose to study with us, making for a lively and thought-provoking academic environment. Ensuring that our students are provided with a knowledge and skills-based foundation for their future careers and enhancing their opportunities to find employment is at the core of everything that we do. A Social Science degree at Edge Hill University will provide you with the knowledge, analytical and communication skills relevant to your career of choice in a wide range of fields.

You will enjoy a real sense of empowerment as you’ll be encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of your particular subject area and ultimately pursue your own independent research.

As our department has a mature and dynamic research culture, with many of our staff leading the way in the studies of their field, they can draw on their own experiences and provide anecdotal support to sessions which will give you great confidence.

The quality of our teaching gives all our students a solid foundation to forge their own careers.  Our past graduates have gone on to work in:

  • Social services
  • Teaching and education
  • Management
  • Youth justice services
  • Police force
  • Probation services
  • Health and social care
  • Human resources
  • Public relations and advertising
  • Local government
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Entertainment industries

If you wish to study in a department that values your opinions and interests, and gives you the self-belief to take them one step further, and that will help you to open the door into a world of future employment look no further than the Social Sciences.

Careers Opportunities Support

As part of your degree in the Social Sciences we offer a range of employability activities and provide support and advice to enhance your ability to secure employment and graduate opportunities.

Experiential Learning and Employability

The Social Sciences has dedicated employability provision built into its programmes to enhance the learning and skills development of its students and to better prepare our graduates to take advantage of future employment opportunities.

Throughout your three years of study opportunities will be provided for you to think about your future career and how you can best prepare for and develop the transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • the ability to speak, write and effectively communicate with others
  • competence in team and  project work
  • managing and organising time, resources and information to support decision-making
  • reflecting on and learning from personal experience
  • using ICT effectively and being able to interpret data
  • developing specifc knowledge that can be applied in the career of your choice

Students can tailor their degree to meet future career plans by studying modules with a particular practice focus on education, social work or youth and community work. Students can also undertake experiential learning and employability modules that will offer them the chance to develop workplace skills.

Many students go on to study postgraduate qualifications which lead to a professional qualification in a range of fields including teaching, social care and social work and a range of roles within the children’s workforce.

The cutting edge and internationally respected research conducted by staff within the department also informs the student experience, learning environment and career opportunities. A number of students go on to pursue research degrees at Masters and Doctoral level.

Social Sciences Alumni and Employers Forum

In order to enhance links with the wider community, relevant professional sectors and the world of work the Social Sciences is also developing an Edge Hill Social Sciences Alumni of former students, many of whom can draw on their own experience of occupying important roles in their fields. We are also developing a Social Sciences  Employers Forum that will help forge closer links with employers to further enhance career opportunities for our students.

Edge Hill Careers Centre

Helping our students forge future career paths is not only a prime concern of the Social Sciences at Edge Hill, employability is central to the mission of the university as a whole. Edge Hill has a dedicated Careers Centre that works closely with the department in order to help students develop the skills they will need to move onto and develop rewarding and fulfilling careers.

The Careers Centre collaborates directly with staff and students in the department, tailoring support to their needs including the delivery of training sessions on skills development, CVs and work experience; providing information on job opportunities and the staging of regular recruitment and jobs fairs.

For further information for what the Edge Hill Careers Centre can offer our students go to:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/

Careers Advice and Links

If you are thinking about a career in the social sciences and wondering what opporunities a degree in Early Childhood Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Sociology or one of our joint programmes can open up then you might find some of the following links useful. They provide information on career and graduate pathways that our programmes can help you take:

Prospects: the UK’s Official Careers Website: Social Sciences:

http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/What_do_graduates_do__2002/Social_Sciences/p!ecefL

Children’s Workforce Development Council: Careers:

http://www.the-sra.org.uk/careers.htm

Skills for Care:

http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/home/home.aspx

The Social Research Association:

http://www.the-sra.org.uk/careers.htm

The Complete University Guide: Sociology Careers:

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/careers/profiles/sociology/

British Association of Social Workers:

http://www.basw.co.uk/social-work-careers/

The Riley Guide to Social Sciences:

http://www.rileyguide.com/social.html#soc

 

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