A degree in social policy gives you the knowledge and understanding to influence major decisions that affect the community around you
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Charity officer
- Civil Service administrator
- Community development worker
- Community education officer
- Government social research officer
- Health service manager
- Housing manager/officer
- Local government officer
- Policy officer
- Politician's assistant
- Social researcher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Education administrator
- Human resources officer
- International aid/development worker
- Police officer
- Public affairs consultant
- Youth worker
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Look for opportunities linked to your field of interest. If you would like to work in health service management, for example, approach local NHS authorities and trusts for work experience.
Some government departments offer sandwich course placements, internships, vacation visits and work experience. These can be a useful way to gain relevant skills and try out working within the Civil Service. Some degrees offer an optional work placement year to further develop your skills and you'll be able to choose a role that suits your interests and career ambitions.
Any experience that involves supporting or helping members of the public or in local communities is also useful. Many public sector, volunteering and charitable organisations offer opportunities to gain relevant experience and develop your skills. Consider helping with voluntary projects or getting involved in local charity or community work.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Many social policy graduates find employment in management positions. Within public sector organisations this can include:
- NHS authorities and trusts
- the criminal justice system (including the police)
- local or central government
- the Civil Service.
In the private sector you could find work within areas such as:
Opportunities also occur in charities and voluntary organisations, social work and other personal social services work, social and political research organisations and further and higher education institutions.
You could apply for a place on a graduate management training scheme in health, housing, the police, think tanks or specialist agencies.
Skills for your CV
Social policy courses teach a range of skills that are essential for a career in public service, policy or government. You'll look at the problems that societies face and policies and processes that can help citizens. As a result, you'll be able to research, interpret and evaluate data from social surveys and research publications, and make connections between social policy and the real world.
You also develop other skills that can be used in many careers. These include:
- problem solving using a methodical and organised approach
- analytical skills
- sensitivity to the values and interests of others
- communication, both written and verbal
- the ability to handle numerical data
- proficiency in the use of information technology.
Social policy graduates go on to further professional and vocational training in areas such as teaching, law, housing management, health and social care services, advocacy and voluntary work. Further study is also possible in areas such as marketing, finance, IT and business.
You could also delve deeper into social policy by specialising in an area that you were interested in during your undergraduate degree, such as housing or urban regeneration. Other areas of study include social diversity, criminal justice, youth and community work and politics.
What do social policy graduates do?
The highest percentage of social policy graduates (16%) go on to work in areas like law, in social services and the welfare sector.
|Working and studying||14.3|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare||16.1|
|Retail, catering and customer service||15.9|
|Childcare, health and education||13.9|
|Clerical, secretarial and administrative||12.8|
Find out what other graduates are doing after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.