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What else you can do with your degree: Social Sciences

Throughout this series, we’ve been looking at the careers you can enter once you've got your degree. Graduating already opens up a lot of doors within the job market, but where can a degree in social sciences take you?

We’ve looked at different career possibilities for degrees in the Art and Humanities field as well as Business and Management and Engineering and Technology. So let’s explore the avenues open to Social Sciences graduates.

“Man, the molecule of society, is the subject of social science.”

― Henry Charles Carey

This statement from Henry Charles Carey may have been written in 1872, but it still rings true today.

Being a Social Sciences graduate means you have more than just the standard skills that completing a degree brings. The specialist skills that you come away with can vary depending on which areas you focused your degree.

Your skills

• An understanding of the way society and institutions evolve
• The ability to measure, interpret and evaluate data proficiently
• Putting together reasoned arguments considering both sides of a situation
• Great verbal and written communication skills
• The ability to apply proven theory to practical situations

So, what can you do?

Being a confident analytical thinker, a problem solver, and a plan implementer – social science students are in high demand for a variety of roles.

Market Analyst

Using the human skills you’ve learned from your degree, a market analyst uses a range of data gathering techniques to gauge the public’s reaction to a product or service. From this data, companies know how to improve what they offer to clients or create new items/services.

A good grasp of statistical data is key. This position also requires a great deal of communication, as you’ll need to translate the data gathered into a report.

Many companies will offer more advanced positions to those with a master’s degree, however, opportunities are available to study while you work.

Research Assistant

Continue your love for social sciences by becoming a research assistant in a field that suits you.

As you’ll know by now, social science is constantly evolving. A research assistant gathers fresh data to create research papers similar to the ones you’ve been studying throughout your degree.

Research Associate positions are easier to attain with further study such as; a master’s degree or a doctorate

Social Work

In 2015, over 25% of Sociology graduates started a career in the social, welfare, education and childcare professions*. Social work combines the human elements of your study with interaction with the communities you’ve been researching – making it great for those with an urge to make the world better.

*Taken from What Do Graduates Do? Oct 15

Management Trainee

A management trainee position is ideally matched to a Social Sciences graduate. Communicational skills, emotional intelligence and your ability to motivate a team are nurtured to help you become the best manager you can be, at the company of your choice.

You can enter a management trainee programme as soon as you’ve graduated. All additional training is provided during the programme.

Or, for something a little different…

Why not look into becoming an Operations Manager?

An operations manager oversees the production process and the people that work there. They ensure that work is cost effective, efficient and delivered on time.

Your knowledge of managing and interpreting data will help you review production systems and devise strategies to make processes smoother. The human elements of your previous study will allow you to factor the needs of the workers to your system.