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1 The Careers Service. MOVING ON Career Planning for Final Year Sociology / Social Policy Students Hilary Whorrall University of Sheffield Careers Service 1 © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013

2 The Careers Service. DON’T PANIC!  We’re here to help you whatever stage you’re at!  Whether you have clear plans or haven’t got a clue, we’re happy to talk  We have loads of useful resources  We’ll try answer any queries you’ve got  You can use the service as often as you’d like © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

3 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 WHAT I’LL COVER  The range of support offered to you by the Careers Service  An overview of options with your degree  Suggestions as to what to do next  Some of the events you might like to attend  Links to useful resources 3

4 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

5 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 OPTIONS WITH YOUR DEGREE  Graduate employment  Postgraduate study  Take ‘time out’  Temporary work  ‘Portfolio career’  Self employment / freelance work 5

6 The Careers Service. SOME STATISTICS – 2012 Sociology / Social Policy Graduates  FT Employment only – 62.5%  PT Employment only (including self-Employment) – 13.5%  Further study only – 9.5%  Work & study – 5.4%  Unemployed – 9.5% (Social Science Faculty – 7.3%)  Social Science Faculty – FT Employment - 55%  Social Science Faculty FT Study – 13.5%  Average salary for Sociology / Social Policy graduate £ 18,000 (graduate level post) £15,000 (non-graduate post)  Average Salary Social Science Faculty £18,300 (graduate level post) £14,800 (non-graduate post) © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

7 The Careers Service. TYPICAL EMLOYERS OF SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES  Civil Service  Local Government  NGOs  Charitable and Voluntary Sector organisations  The NHS  Probation Service  Social Services  Housing Associations  Campaigning and lobbying organisations  Social research organisation  The education sector  The legal system. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

8 The Careers Service. BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY – Areas of specialism  Economy, Work & Organisation  The Conjunction of Biological & Social Relationships: the Family & Gender  Social Identity: Age, Class, Gender & Race  Social Inequalities  Social Norms & Deviance  Organisations and Bureaucracy  Society & Environment  People, Health & Sociology of the Body © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

9 The Careers Service. DESTINATIONS OF UOS SOCIOLOGY / SOCIAL POLICY GRADUATES IN 2012  Social Research & Evaluation Intern – Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs  Business Support – Credit Resource Solutions  HR & Sales Intern – Limelight Design  Pupil Development Assistant – Childrens Trust  Mental Health Support Assistant - CLASP  Tenancy Support Worker – Reed Social Care  Trainee Buyer – Tesco  Teaching Assistant – Oakwood High School  Promotion Management – Sheffield Parties  Youth Worker – Sheffield City Council  Graduate Intern – University of Sheffield © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

10 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 UOS SOCIOLOGY / SOCIAL POLICY GRADUATES – POSTGRADUATE STUDY 2012  MA Social Research – University of Sheffield  MA International & Global Social Policy - University of Sheffield  MSc Global Governance & Ethics – University College, London  LLM Environmental Law & Sustainable Development – Queens Belfast  Human Resources Management – Sheffield Hallam University  MA Disasters, Adaptations & Development – Kings College, London  MA Social Work - University of Sheffield  PGCE Primary – Birmingham City University 10

11 The Careers Service. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS OF SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES A graduate in Sociology typically will have the ability to:  formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions  use major theoretical perspectives and concepts and their application to social life  analyse, assess and communicate empirical sociological information  identify and comment on different research strategies and methods  conduct sociological research in a preliminary way  undertake and present scholarly work  understand the ethical implications of sociological enquiry  recognise the relevance of sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy  judge and evaluate evidence  appreciate the complexity and diversity of social situations © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

12 The Careers Service. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS OF SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES A graduate in Sociology typically will have the ability to:  assess the merits of competing theories and explanations  gather, retrieve and synthesise information  make reasoned arguments and interpret evidence and texts  reflect on their own accumulation of knowledge  apply learning and study skills  communicate in writing and orally in a variety of contexts and modes  use statistical and other quantitative techniques and information retrieval skills in relation  to primary and secondary sources of information  apply information technology skills  use skills of time planning and management and deploy group work skills © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

13 The Careers Service. CAREER TASKS FOR LEVEL 3 STUDENTS  Clarify your career goals & undertake further research if still unsure  Seek careers advice  Gain relevant work experience  Begin identifying job vacancies / courses & extend your network of contacts  Update your CV  Broaden your extracurricular activities  Attend careers events © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

14 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT ?  Which companies / organisations are likely to recruit & for what sort of vacancies?  How will they advertise their vacancies?  How do I apply?  How can I best ‘sell’ myself on paper?  What are employers looking for e.g. skills & experience  When do I need to apply?  What will the selection process involve?  What are assessment centres? 14

15 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 RESEARCHING EMPLOYERS  The company’s products / services  The current labour market  Size of organisation  Company history  Main competitors  Geographical operations  New challenges / opportunities facing them?  Media coverage  Impact of social or technological developments 15

16 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 RESEARCHING EMPLOYERS – Finding vacancies  Careers Service website (MUSE – Careers Tab)  Prospects website  Prospects website- Look at ‘Employers & Vacancies’  Social Media e.g. Linkedin  Professional association websites  Recruitment agencies  Local and national newspapers 16

17 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 POSTGRADUATE STUDY – Types of study / research  Vocational or academic  Taught or by research  Full-time / part-time  PgD / MSc / MA / MPhil / PhD  A conversion course  Knowledge Transfer Partnerships  Open learning e.g. OU  Research Studentship 17

18 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 POSTGRADUATE STUDY – Finding out more  Careers Service website  Careers Service booklet – Postgraduate Study & Research  Prospects website htm htm  Masters courses  PhDs  ’How to get a PhD’ – E.M. Phillips & D.S.A Pugh  Postgrad on the Internet 18

19 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 TIME OUT – Issues to consider  WHY do you want to take ‘time out’?  WHEN do you plan to take this?  HOW does this fit in with your longer term career plans?  WHERE do you want to go?  WHAT do you plan to do?  ALONE or in company?  HOW LONG for?  HOW will you fund it? 19

20 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 CAREER SERVICE SUPPORT TO FINALISTS  Careers information  Careers Service website  Careers events – fairs, talks, employer presentations  Individual careers guidance - 20 minutes / I hour  enquiry service  Advice on postgraduate study & funding  Find Jobs dents/jobs dents/jobs 20

21 The Careers Service. Careers Service Guide 2014 Jobs and careers advice for Sheffield students Pick up a free copy or download via shef.ac.uk/careers 21 © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013

22 The Careers Service. CAREERS SERVICE EVENTS  Engineering & Technology Fair - Tuesday 5th November 2013  Business, Finance & Languages Fair - Wednesday 6th November 2013  Law Fair - Wednesday 20th November 2013  Science Fair - Thursday 21st November  Careers in the Third Sector - Wednesday 19th February 2014  Careers in Heritage - Wednesday 5th March 2014  Working in the Creative Media Industries - Wednesday 19th March 2014  Spring into Jobs - Thursday 27th March © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013

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24 The Careers Service. CAREERS SERVICE EVENTS  Skills for Success workshops  Lunchtime talks  A Day in the Life…..  Maximise programme for international students  Employer presentations © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct

25 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 RESOURCES FOR SOCIOLOGY / SOCIAL POLICY STUDENTS  British Sociological Society – Opportunities for Sociologists sociologists.aspx sociologists.aspx  Careers Ideas for Sociology Graduates  Options with Sociology / Public Administration & Social Policy – includes case studies  Careers with my degree  Case Studies and Podcasts of Sociology / Social Policy Graduates  Students Employability Profile for Sociology  Target Jobs – What can I do with a Sociology Degree? what-can-i-do-with-a-sociology-degree what-can-i-do-with-a-sociology-degree 25

26 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?  ‘See the Bigger Picture’ ger_picture/see_the_bigger_pictu re.pdf ger_picture/see_the_bigger_pictu re.pdf  ‘What job would suit me? ts_planner_login.htm ts_planner_login.htm  Speak to a Careers Adviser  Build up your work experience  Attend Careers Service events  Begin networking 26

27 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 IN CONCLUSION...  Career planning is an on-going process  The Careers Service is not just for finalists  Gain work experience to enhance your CV  Make use of the resources available to you  Seek help as and when you need it! 27

28 The Careers Service. © UOS Careers Service - Soc Level 3 Moving On Oct 2013 WHERE IS THE CAREERS SERVICE BASED Careers Service 388 Glossop Rd Sheffield S10 2JA Tel: Student Jobshop, Student’s Union 28


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