Sociology What can I do with a degree in…..

What can I do with a degree in…..
People who study Sociology go on into a wide variety of jobs. You will gain a range of very valuable skills. You
will learn how to work independently and how to find information, extract what is important from it and
turn it into an argument. Most courses here now include exercises in team working, so you will learn to work
in collaboration with others, but also how to work effectively without close supervision. All Sociology
degrees teach research methods. These allow you to generate new knowledge from both quantitative and
qualitative sources. You will learn how to analyse results from a wide variety of data ranging from large
statistical studies through to in-depth one-to-one and group interviews. You will also learn to carry out your
own research both individually and in groups.
The study of Sociology will change the way you see the world around you and how you relate to others. The
skills you learn are relevant to the workplace and are valued by employers.
British Sociological Association
What do Sociology graduates do?
6 months after graduating 85.4% of 2013 Warwick students were in jobs or further study.
Example jobs of 2013 graduates include:
Human Resources Trainee
National Health Service Trainee
Charity worker
Sectors where graduates were working include:
Management consultancy
Retail trade
Social care sector
Recruitment and human resources
Public sector / local government
Courses 2013 graduates progressed into include:
Postgraduate Certificate in, MSc in Social Research, MSc in Business (Marketing), MSc in Management,
MA in Social Work, MPhil in Social Policy.
Why Warwick?
In 2015 in The Guardian league table Warwick was ranked 3rd for Sociology and in the QS World
Ranking 2014 it was ranked 23rd
According to a 2015 survey of the top 100 Graduate recruiters, Warwick is the 3rd most favoured
Given that 92% of Warwick Graduates end up
in either employment or further study, and
that 70% of graduate recruiters do not require
graduates to have a specific degree, perhaps
the most important question to ask is not:
“What degree will get me a graduate job?”
Graduate recruiters tell us that what they
want from applicants is:
A good degree from a good University
Work experience
Involvement in extra-curricular activities
The ability to describe and articulate
their unique achievements and skills
“How can I make the most of my time at
Warwick so that I can get the job I want?”
At Warwick you have the opportunity to
access all of the above to support you in
achieving your goals.
I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Sociology in 2013.
I remember very vividly the first time I ever stepped foot on the campus, it was during Easter and I wasn’t
sure where to get off the bus, so I got off way too early and had to walk across the whole campus before
reaching the Piazza. During this walk, I was really taken by the friendly atmosphere and the beauty of the
campus. Walking into the gym and the library I was really impress by the top quality and modernity.
When I started my course a couple of months later, my expectations were sky high and Warwick did not
What really makes the Warwick experience so unique and rewarding is the amount of support and
opportunities presented, both from an academic and extra-curricular point of view.
This support ultimately enabled me to develop those skills and networks necessary to secure a place on
the RBS HR Graduate Scheme. Currently being on the other side, it is plain to see why Warwick Graduates
are so sought after by employers. The typical Warwick Graduate has a sharp intellect and a unique
international outlook.
Additionally, the University does not only have excellent links with the commercial world but also with
top institutions worldwide. I was lucky enough to spend a summer studying at the Renmin University of
China in Beijing.
All in all, I loved every single minute of my time at Warwick, and whatever your ambitions and passion
may be, there will be a place for you at the University to explore these further and the same time make
friends from all over the world.
Anders Engas graduated in 2014. He is currently on the RBS HR Graduate Scheme.
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