Where to Start

Feeling Scared

Our students chose Sociology and Politics & Sociology because they have passion for, and interest in the subject, the majority did not have a specific career in mind when they started studying for their degree. Our research shows this changes throughout the course of the degree, and by stage 3, students are often thinking a great deal more about life after university and what path they might take.

Some people know exactly what they want to do next and have a very concrete plan for after graduation; some are a feeling worried and at a bit of a loss about “what next”; and others are relaxed about not necessarily knowing what they want to do next but are happy to work “any old job” and travel for now.

The message here is that whatever you are feeling on this spectrum is fine! If you are feeling anxious, taking small steps towards exploring careers can help. In this section we look in more depth at this developing focus on life after university, and the small next steps you can take to help you with this, including a step-by-step guide [hyperlink to that guide] to the Careers Service which is easy to access both in person and online. 

Take Home Messages

  • It is okay if you don’t know what you want to do yet. People take different paths. Some know exactly what they are doing after graduation, while others take their time deciding afterwards.
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway. It is tempting to put your head in the sand if you’re feeling anxious, but taking small steps in exploring careers can help relieve the anxiety.
  • The Careers Service is an excellent, free resource that is easy to access. You don’t have to wait until you know what you want to do; arrange to have a chat with them soon.
  • There are online resources you can use on the Careers Service website.‌