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