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

 

WHAT DO SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES DO?

Here is some careers information relating to what Sociology graduates can do after they graduate. The AGCAS Options Sheet "Options with Sociology"available from the Careers and Employability Service or at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/socioldeg should be read in conjunction with the information contained here. The statistics that follow come from the University of Kent’s Destination Survey which indicates student activity six months after graduation.

At Kent Sociology can be studied with a variety of other subjects. The destination statistics below reflect all types of combinations available.

SOCIOLOGY – ALL UK GRADUATES

This is what, in the broadest terms, Sociology students do immediately after they graduate, based on University of Kent data collected between 2004 and 2007.

OCCUPATIONS OF UK SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES

Here are the occupational groups in which Sociology graduates nationally first gain employment, based on recent data.

EMPLOYERS OF UK SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES

These are examples of the employment areas first entered by Sociology graduates.

 

JOBS WHERE A SOCIOLOGY DEGREE MAY BE USEFUL

Here are some examples of jobs where a Sociology degree may be useful. You can research more information about these occupations by looking in the Occupational files of the careers library at the CAS or by visiting the Prospect website at www.prospects.ac.uk

 

You can find a list of all the main jobs open to graduates of any subject by clicking here

SKILLS DEVELOPED STUDYING SOCIOLOGY

Here are some examples of the transferable skills developed as a result of studying Sociology. They are not limited to your academic study and can be applied to other contexts. Employers' job vacancy details often refer to them when they advertise the positions available. They can also be used on the skills sections of your CV to demonstrate the broad range of qualities you have to offer.

 

Employment & Further Study of University of Kent Sociology graduates

There follows a summary of the employment and further study for recent University of Kent Sociology Graduates (including combined courses). These statistics only cover the first six months after graduation. Destinations for all subjects including postgraduates can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm

2009
Employed
Angel Inn-Bar Staff/Waitress
Armour Home Electronics-Product Demonstrator
Ashleys Jewellers Ltd-Sales Assistant
Boots-Temporary Cashier
BPS-Telephone Marketing
British Library-Library Assistant
Browns-Fashion Intern
Cambridgeshire Constabulary-Community Safety Admin Assistant
Canterbury College-Administrative Officer
Cheema Brothers-Retail Manager
Convergence-Admin Assistant
Costa-Coffee Shop Assistant
Deloitte/Financial Ombudsman-Casework Support/CIMA
Drusillas-Catering Assistant
Eurostar-Team Member
Fenwicks-Sales Consultant
Gepp & Sons Solicitors-New Business Conveyancer
Hadlow College-Student co-ordinator
Hanover Housing-Sport Assistant
John Lewis-Selling Partner
Kent Social Services-Personal Support Worker
Ladbrokes-Cashier
Lloyds TSB-Cashier/Customer Assistant
McDonalds-Shift Running Manager
Ministry of Justice-Admin
Ministry of Justice-Administrative Officer
Morrisons Supermarkets plc-Graduate trainee
Music Sales Ltd-Data Entry Clerk
New Horizons-Support Worker
News Food & Booze-Shop Assistant
NHS Professionals-NHS Admin Temp
Northant's County Council-Customer Service Advisor
Northern Trust-Fraud Investigator
Northumbria Police-Administrator
Ordnance Survey-Mapping Editor
Red House Nursing Home-Kitchen Staff
Rituals-Store Manager
Sainsburys-Cafe Staff
Sartorius-Contract Sales
Sutton Ramp Events Ltd-Admin & Volunteer Co-ordinator
Tesco-Customer Assistant
University of Kent-Barman

Further Study
BPP Law School-GDL
Canberra University Australia-MA Marketing Communications
Christ Church University-PGCE
Christ Church University-PGCE
Christ Church University-PGCE
College of Law-Graduate Diploma in Law
East London University-MA Youth Work
South Downs College-Counselling Certificate
Kings College London-MA Criminology
Kings College London-MA Environment & Development
SOAS-MSc Migration Mobility
University of Greenwich-PGCE Primary
University of Hertfordshire-MSc Psychology
University of Kent-MA Sociology
University of Kent-MPhil Sociology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Criminology
University of Kent-MA Social Research
University of Kent-MA Social Policy
University of Kent-MSc Management
University of Sussex-MA Global Political Economy
UWIC Cardiff-PGCE Primary

 

 

2008
Employed
1Spatial-HR Admin
Annie Jones-Restaurant Manager
Armstrong Consultants-Office Assistant
Bank of Ireland-Bank Clerk
Body & Mind Leisure Ltd-Memberships & Marketing Manager
Bradford & Bingley-Sales Assistant
British Council-Language Assistant
Calvin Klein Underwear-Sunday Supervisor
Canterbury College-Student Activities Assistant
Capita-Finance Admin
Complete Media Group-Account Executive
Connexions Kent & Medway-Peer Liasion Officer
Connexions-Trainee Personal Adviser
Gala Coral Group-Manager's Assistant
Goldhawk Associates-Recruitment Consultant
Hargreaves Sports Shop-Sales Assistant
Harrods-Sales Associate
Home service Property Repairs-Claims Adviser
JD Wetherspoons-Bar Associate
Junior Kings School-Food Service Assistant
Kent County Council-Book Binder
Kent Police-Crime Reduction Clerk
Kent Police-Police Officer
Majestic Wine Warehouse-Trainee Manager
Marks & Spencer-Customer Assistant
Metropolitan Police-Police Officer
Miller & Carter-Waitress
Minster College-Learning Mentor
Morrisons-Customer Service Assistant
National Centre Young People w Epilepsy-Residential Support Worker
NHS Princess of Wales Hospital-Admin Assistant
RAF-RAF Officer
RNIB-Administrative Assistant
Suffolk Council-Council Assistant
Surrey Council-Employment Support Officer
The PACE Centre-Learning Support Assistant
Thirst Quench-Sales Assistant
Thomas Tallis Secondary School-Teaching Assistant
Employment Agenc-Packaging Assistant
Recruitment Agency-Team Leader
Temp Agency-Temp Work
Visual Impact Ltd-Engineering & Spares Administrator
Volkshochschule Chemnitz-Dozent
West St. Leonards Primary School-Teaching Assistant
Xchanging-Trainee Claims Adjuster

Further Study
Canterbury Christ Church University-BSc Mental Health
Canterbury Christ Church-MA Social Work
Canterbury Christ Church-MA Social Work
Canterbury Christ Church-PGCE Primary Education
City University-Postgraduate Cert. in Mental Health Nursing
College of Law, London-Graduate Diploma in Law
East London University-Pg Diploma in Psychology
University of Chichester-PGCE Primary
University of Kent-MA European CLS

2007

Employed
  • Abbey School -Teacher/GTP
  • Action Art Foundation -Runner
  • AGP Properties -Project Manager
  • Ark Group -Sales Executive
  • Barclays Bank -Local Business Manager
  • Boots -Sales Assistant
  • Canterbury City Council -Parking Services Officer
  • Caterham Cars -Buyer
  • Coutts -Account Manager
  • Crown Prosecution Service-Administrative Officer
  • Deepstore Ltd -Sales Administrator
  • EDF Energy -Business Support
  • Emomentum -Web Marketing Assistant
  • Foreign Office -Administrative Officer
  • Grylls & Reade -Press Officer
  • GTC -Scheduler
  • Harcourt Arms -Bar Staff
  • Hatch -Receptionist
  • HM Young Offenders Institution -Prison Officer
  • Kier Affordable Homes -Admin Assistant
  • Leap -Client Support Officer
  • Lloyds TSB -Customer Assistant
  • Luckton Fawcett -Database Clerk
  • Medway Youth Offending Team -YISP Support Assistant
  • Natwest -Cashier
  • New Appointments Group -Recruitment Consultant
  • Orbital Marketing -Client Account Executive
  • Pathway Solutions -Recruitment Consultant
  • RBS -Account Opening Team Member
  • Ryman -HR Assistant
  • South London & Maudsley NHS Trust -Datixweb Training Assistant
  • Sable & Co. -Admin Assistant
  • Somerfield -Graduate trainee Manager
  • Suffolk Coastal Services -Customer Service Administrator
  • University of Kent -Researcher
  • Vertex - M & S -Direct Executive Officer
  • Whistler Ski Resort -Retail Assistant

Further Study

  • Canterbury Christ Church -PGCE Primary (x2)
  • Canterbury Christ Church -PGCE Secondary (x2)
  • Law School, London -Graduate Diploma in Law
  • University of Chichester -PGCE Secondary English
  • University of Kent -BA Theology
  • University of Kent -MA International Conflict Analysis
  • University of Kent -MA Philosophy
  • University of Kent -MA Sociology (x2)

LONGER-TERM PROSPECTS

Here are some examples of what University of Kent Sociology graduates are doing several years after graduation.

  • School Adviser/Inspector - LEA
  • Senior Lecturer - FE College
  • Professor - Trent University
  • Teacher - School
  • Principal Viola - English Northern Philharmonia
  • Mental Health Adviser - Health Authority
  • Personnel Director - Debenhams
  • Director of Language Studies - EFL College
  • Language Instructor - Oil Co
  • Probation Officer - Probation Service
  • Refuge Worker - Women's Aid
  • Clinical Editor - Macmillan Magazines
  • Product Manager - Video Games Distributor

 

Careers and Employability Service Resources

Here are some examples of CAS facilities available to University of Kent Sociology students. There are many more, so why not visit us and see what else we have. We are located next to Keynes College and are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

SOCIOLOGY LINKS - Useful Websites

 

Last fully updated 2014