Childhood studies is an excellent foundation for a range of careers working with children and young people. It's important you understand your own interests, abilities and skills to get the right career for you...
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All employers are impressed by graduates who have some relevant experience, whether gained via paid or voluntary work. This is particularly true for those considering teaching or social work, as competition for places on courses is fierce. Classroom experience can be gained by arranging visits to schools to observe and talk to teachers. You could request to help with non-teaching duties on a regular basis or even try to get some part-time work as a teaching assistant.
You can get experience of working with children in other ways, too, such as through summer play schemes, summer camps, Brownies and Scouts, Sunday schools, youth clubs or tutoring or mentoring. If you wish to go into social work some experience of working with the local community will be helpful.
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Childhood studies graduates enter employment in a variety of sectors with a range of employers, including local authorities, local and national charities, state and independent schools, nurseries and health authorities.
All employers will be interested in your personal skills and abilities as well as in the specific subject and technical skills developed through your degree subject.
A childhood studies course helps you to develop a wide range of transferable skills valued by employers. These skills include:
Childhood studies graduates that go on to further study tend to take courses that lead to professional status, with the most popular option being the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), as many graduates go on to work as primary school or special needs teachers.
Other professional courses pursued include nursing and the Masters programme in social work. Employers are often supportive of further study and may support employees by providing funding or time off to complete coursework.
Childhood studies has a natural link with work in the social care and education sectors and many graduates opt to stay within these sectors after graduation. Other childhood studies graduates decide to apply for jobs for which any degree is acceptable, competing with graduates from other subjects for roles within, for example, administration and customer service.
A substantial number of childhood studies graduates progress immediately on to further study.
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