Steps & Pathways

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A strong theme that emerged from our research was the breadth of Sociology, and the range of career options that studying it enables. Our participants valued the openness of Sociology in terms of the different directions in which they could take their degree. However, the downside to this was the sense of not knowing where to start when it came to thinking about career possibilities and employment plans.

Participants were aware that careers after Sociology and PolSoc went beyond the standardly cited (teaching, social work, further study), but were less sure what these were.

In this section we discuss in more depth the pathways to careers our alumni participants took and steps you can take as well as what to expect in the application process.

This includes:

  • where to get ideas
  • applying/recruitment
  • dealing with rejection
  • non-linear career paths
  • how to progress once in employment

Take home message 4

  • A Sociology degree offers lots of freedom to pursue a wide-range of careers, but sometimes this can make it difficult to know where to start. Taking small steps will help you find a career path.
  • Once you’ve decided what area might be interesting to you, apply widely; rejection is hard but know that eventually you will get something.
  • Recruitment processes vary for different jobs; graduate schemes have the longest process. You can prepare for these with help from the Careers Service.Career paths aren’t straight, sometimes things don’t go to plan, an unexpected opportunity presents itself, or a change of direction is consciously decided.
  • Starting a job doesn’t mean you will be stuck in it forever.